Jason Kao Hwang Update

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I’m in the midst of recording tracks for Andrew Drury’s Tentet. Band members are recording tracks individually, which he will assemble into the whole. The remote collaboration Andrew has designed is brave, creative and it’s working! Here’s a photo of the Tentet playing in an NYC middle school.

Loved being on saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s radio show on WFMU, Music for a Free World. It was great to talk and play together. Here’s a photo of us playing together in his band in Hoboken last year.

I’m in the midst of sharing my music with pianist/composer Ursel Schlicht’s amazing improvisation class in Kassel, Germany. The students are listening to and watching the recording session of my Symphony of Souls on YouTube. The CD is available on BandCamp. You can see the score on my website now.

It was great to play “live” with Ayman Fanous in the SUNY Downstate Alumini Auditorium in Brooklyn on 10/29. Here’s a link to Ayman’s CD of our duo, Zilzal.

I’m grateful and honored to be on Steve Swell’s recent release The Center Will Hold.

I am grateful and honored to be on saxophonist Ras Moshe’s recent release 50 Shades of May, recorded live at Scholes Street Studio.

Zappa Movie Now Streaming

Source: Zappa Trust.

With unfettered access to the Zappa Vault, and the archival footage contained within, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

50% of net proceeds for every ticket sold will benefit MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. Learn more at http://www.grammy.com/musicares.

Burning Ambulance Music Initial Releases

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After 10 years of existence, and gradual growth from a print zine to the website you’re currently reading to a beloved podcast, Burning Ambulance is expanding yet again. Our label, Burning Ambulance Music, will be releasing its first two full-length albums in February 2021, and both are available for pre-order now.

Indonesian art-doom duo Senyawa — vocalist Rully Shabara and instrumentalist Wukir Suryadi — will release their new studio album Alkisah through a cooperative arrangement with a number of labels across the globe, in an attempt to decentralize the hierarchical structures of the music industry, particularly the distribution system. Each label will be releasing a variant form of the record; some will be on vinyl, others on cassette, and some will feature remixes by local artists. Burning Ambulance Music’s version will be a limited edition CD in a heavyweight mini-LP sleeve printed on linen paper, and a digital download, available exclusively through our Bandcamp page.

Polarity, a collection of improvised but deeply considered duo encounters between tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and trumpeter Nate Wooley, will also be available digitally and as a limited edition CD, with cover art by I.A. Freeman, and can be pre-ordered now.

New Releases From Cryo Chamber 

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Randal Collier-Ford – Advent out now!
Randal Collier-Ford returns to Cryo Chamber with Advent, a worldbuilding heavy dark industrial sci-fi ambient album with a massive booklet. “A world separated from natural law, emerged among the forests of South America. Research expeditions had shown the on-site flora and fauna to be mutated from local strains and species, with most, if not all […]

Dead Melodies & Beyond the Ghost – Crier’s Bane released
“Oyez, oyez, oyez!All good citizens draw near and harken unto these words. For it is grave news this ere night, grave news indeed.Be it known to all ye, that there has been another murder. A most gruesome murder, and the killer is still on the loose.So good people ye, lock up your windows, bracen your […]

Ugasanie – Freedom and Loneliness released
Ugasanie returns with his 6th album on Cryo Chamber. A cold and environmental album that invites you to the landscapes of the far north. Explore the unusual and mysterious world of Ugasanie with a warm cup of tea to protect you from frost. Ugasanie is a true master of polar ambient. For lovers of cold […]

Dahlia’s Tear – Descendants of the Moon is out!
“Descendants of the Moon” is taking us on a timeless journey; The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest great work of literature, with some parts of the story having been written well over 4000 years ago. It follows the dark and mysterious adventures of the Sumerian King Gilgamesh, who fears death, as he struggles to find […]

Steve Swell News

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Two concerts coming up:

On November 20, 2020, 7:30pm: Duo with my old friend Dave Sewelson for Edgfest Festival recorded at Driprock Arch in Central Park, NYC. Free!

On December 3, 2020, 8pm: Kende Dreams will live stream from Clemente Soto Velez for Arts for Arts. Kende Dreams is Rob Brown, William Parker and TA Thompson. Discussion to follow. Donations appreciated.
Kende Dreams is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

Some new and recent releases:

Tonotopic Organizations–Elisabeth Hanik/Steve Swell Duo—Live in Vienna (Fundacja Słuchaj)

Quartet/Trios/Duos–Borah Bergmen/Perry Robinson/Steve Swell/Ray Sage (Mahakala)

Muhal Richard Abrams’ Soundpath, Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound (Clean Feed)


Tales From–Frode Gjerstad, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Steve Swell, William Parker (Fundacja Słuchaj)

Astonishments–Steve Swell, Jemeel Moondoc, Dave Burrell, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, featuring Leena Conquest (RogueArt)

The Center Will Hold featuring Andrew Cyrille with Steve Swell, Jason Hwang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Robert Boston, Ariel Bart (Silkheart)

So Perhaps–Paul Dunmall, Steve Swell, Mark Sanders, James Owston (FMR)

Two, Not Twenty–NotTwo 20th Anniversary Fest, Wlen, Poland–Many Musicians: Joelle Leandre, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustaffson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Steve Swell, many more please check website (NotTwo)

Brain in a Dish–Steve Swell, Robert Boston, Michael Vatcher (NoBusiness)

May 2021 Ullmann/Swell 4tet (NoBusiness)
with Gebhard Ullmann, Steve Swell, Barry Altschul, Hill Greene

People of the Open Heart–Steve Swell, Mark Tokar, Klaus Kugel (no label at the moment)