Jason Kao Hwang’s jazz quartet EDGE, founded in 2005, has released three CDs: "EDGE" (Asian
Improv, 2006), "Stories Before Within" (Innova, 2007), and now "Crossroads Unseen"
“For Crossroads Unseen, each composition is a language of vibrations that accrues into the
energy and mass of an emotive landscape. Improvisations cross this primal land confronting
life and death rhythmically, as sounds are born and pass away unceasing. Throughout these
life cycles, the edge shifts between cultures and genres as individual vibrations tune into the
whole sound of the land. The quest is towards full resonance, a journey that is purifying and
transformative. “ – Jason Kao Hwang
"Hwang’s writing embraces freewheeling improvisation and rigid through-written composition in equal measure, allowing ample room
for interpretation. Balancing intuitive call and response ensemble interplay with rousing chart-driven passages, “Edge” is an avant
garde thrill ride, and a high water mark in Hwang’s already impressive discography. "— All About Jazz, Troy Collins
"On "Stories Before Within," musicians, compositions and everything else intersect in extraordinary synergy. It is a rare occurrence, and even rarer in music as exploratory as Jason Kao Hwang's." JAZZ REVIEW, Michael West
Downbeat Magazines Critics Poll recently voted Mr. Hwang as #2 Rising Star of 2011 for Violin. “Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983,” featuring the collective quartet that was Mr. Hwang’s first band, was voted as “2010 Reissued Recording of the Year” by the New York City Jazz Record. His octet Burning Bridge, commissioned by Chamber Music America/ New Jazz Works, recently performed at the Chicago World Music Festival, the Freer Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI). Mr. Hwang has also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer/New Residencies, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, US Artists International, and others. As violinist, Mr. Hwang has worked with Reggie Workman, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Vladamir Tarasov, Henry Threadgill and many others.