Harris Eisenstadt In August

Improvised Communications provides Eisenstadt’s upcoming performances.

Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
Sunday, August 9th @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park (New York, NY)

Jessica Pavone Presents Wordless Songs Inspired by Life’s Cast of Characters
Wednesday, August 12th @ Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)

Dave Ballou /Ben Gerstein/James Ilgenfritz/Harris Eisenstadt
Tuesday, August 18th @ Le Grand Dakar (Brooklyn, NY)

Please stay tuned for more news about Eisenstadt’s upcoming release, Canada Day (Clean Feed), including fall tour dates!

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Vision Festival 2009 Lineup and Schedule

This year’s Vision Festival is right around the corner. Here is the schedule of events.

Day 1: Tuesday, June 9th All at the Abrons Art Center Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

Host: Lewis Barnes

7:30
Opening Invocation
Hamid Drake / Patricia Nicholson / William Parker

8:15
Brass Bang
Billy Bang – violin
Ted Daniel – trumpet
James Zollar – trumpet
Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
Dick Griffin – trombone
Russell Carter – drums

9:15
Douglas R. Ewart and Inventions
featuring:
Shaku Joseph Jarman – flute, sax, poetry
Douglas R. Ewart – winds, percussion, voice
J.D. Parran – flute, clarinets and bass sax
Donald Smith – piano
Thurman Barker – drums and vibes
Amiri Baraka – words

10:15
“Vision of New York”
video by Luciano Rossetti

10:30
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conducts A Chorus Of Poets and String Ensemble
“Conduction® No. 187, Erotic Eulogy”

Chorus of Poets:
Yasha Bilan, Mark Gerring, Chavisa Woods, Nora McCarthy,
Justin Carter, Alex Bilu, Helga Davis, David Devoe
String of Ensemble:
Nicole Federici, Jason kao Hwang – viola
Shawn McGloin, Jane Wang – bass
Skye Steele, Charlie Burnham – violin
Greg Heffernan, Alisa Horn – cello
Text by Allan Graubard
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Day 2: Wednesday, June 10th All on the Abrons Main Stage MARSHALL ALLEN – A Lifetime of Achievement

Host: Steve Dalachinsky

7:30
Special Set
Marshall Allen – reeds
Kidd Jordan – tenor sax
William Parker – bass
Henry Grimes – bass and violin
Hamid Drake – drums

8:30
Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble
Bill Cole – double reeds
Joe Daley – tuba
Shayna Dulberger – bass
Warren Smith – drums
Atticus Cole – percussion
Althea SullyCole – vocals

9:30
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen – alto, EVI, flute, clarinet, vocals
Knoel Scott – alto, vocals
Charles Davis – tenor sax
Yahya Abdul-Majid – tenor sax
Danny Thompson – baritone sax
Rey Scott – baritone sax
Fred Adams – trunpet
Cecil Brooks – trumpet
Dave Davis – trombone
Dick Griffin – trombone
Bill Davis – tuba
Dave Hotep – guitar
Farid Barron – piano, organ
Wayne A. Smith Jr. – drums
Elson Nascimento – surdo
special guests Billy Bang – violin
John Ore – bass
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Day 3: Thursday, June 11th- on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

7:00
Yvonne Meier’s Score
Yvonne Meier – choreography and dance
Christopher Williams – dance
Gabi Glinz – dance
Arturo Vidich – dance
Mystery Guest – dance
Michael Jaeger – tenor sax
Dave Gisler – guitar
Christian Jaeger-Brown – drums/percussion

8:30
William Hooker’s Silent Film/Live Music Project
“Symbol of the Unconquered” film by Oscar Micheaux
William Hooker – drums
Adam Lane – bass
Darius Jones – sax

9:30
Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble
Ernest Dawkins – sax, clarinet, flute
Stephen Berry – trombone
Darius Savage – bass
Isaiah Spencer – drums

10:30
Sunny Murray Quartet
Odean Pope – sax
Sabir Mateen – sax and flute
Lee Smith – bass
Sunny Murray – drums
Day 3: Thursday – in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

7:45
David Budbill / Hamid Drake / William Parker
‘The Fire of Compassion / Meaning of Jazz’ in words and music
David Budbill – words
William Parker – bass, donso N’goni
Hamid Drake – drums

9:15
TURQUOISE BEADS by Lili White INSTALLATION: DVD video projected on Assemblage
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Day 4: Friday, June 12th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

Host: David Budbill

7:00
Miriam Parker
Miriam Parker – dance
Joseph Daley – tuba
Jason Kao Hwang – violin

7:30
Charles Gayle Trio
Charles Gayle – sax
Lisle Ellis – bass
Michael Wimberly – drums

8:45
“The Ras Ensemble”
Ras Moshe – tenor sax, flute
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
Dave Ross – guitar
Shayna Dulberger – bass
Charles Downs – drums

10:00
Ayler Project
Roy Campbell – trumpet
Joe McPhee – sax, trumpet
William Parker – bass
Warren Smith – drums

11:00
Collective Quartet
featuring: Zim Ngqawana – sax
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums

12:00
After Party at The Local 269
Sabir Mateen and friends lead a Jam Session
Arts for Art & JazzCorner Jam
The Local 269
on the corner of Houston and Suffolk Streets
Day 4: Friday, June 12th – in the Downstairs Theater

8:15
Reaching into the Unknown
with special musical guests

A Rogue Art Book Release
Steve Dalachinsky – poet
Jacques Bisceglia – photography
great musicians tba

9:30
As The Crow Flies
Jo Wood Brown and Jody Henenfeld – video Rob Brown – live music
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Day 5: Saturday Afternoon, June 13th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

2:00
Seth Meicht’s Big Sound Ensemble
Matt Bauder – alto saxophone
Seth Meicht – tenor saxophone
Charlie Evans – baritone saxophone
Aaron Meicht – Shane Endsley, trumpet
Steve Swell – trombone
Adam Lane – bass
Mike Pride – drums

3:00
Bear and Eagle
Catherine Sikora – saxophone
Jeremy Bacon – piano

4:00
Chaedria LaBouvier
Chaedria LaBouvier – poet

4:30
Darius Jones Trio
Darius Jones – sax
Cooper-Moore – piano, diddley bow
Bob Moses – drums
Day 5: Saturday Afternoon, June 13th – in the Downstairs Theater

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

5:30
Panel discussion – FREE
Art and Politics past, present, future
Day 5: Saturday Evening, June 13th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Julia Wilkins

7:00
Matthew Shipp Solo Piano
Matthew Shipp – solo piano

8:00
Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – sax
Craig Taborn – piano
Nasheet Waits – drums

9:00
Milford Graves Quartet
Milford Graves – drums
Grant Langford – sax
D.D. Jackson – piano
William Parker – bass

10:15
Lisa Sokolov Trio
Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez – cello
Cameron Brown – bass

11:15
Joe Morris GoGo Mambo
Joe Morris – bass
Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng – percussion
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Timo Shanko – tenor saxothone
Luther Gray – drums
Steve Lantner – piano
Bill Lowe – trombone
Joe Moffett – trumpet
Forbes Graham – trumpet
Willie Martinez – percussion
Day 5: Saturday Evening, in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

9:45
Henry Grimes Solo
Henry Grimes Solo – poetry, bass, violin

10:45
Paul Harding Spoken Music
Paul Harding – spoken music
featuring:
Hill Greene – bass
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Day 6: Sunday Afternoon, June 14th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Patricia Nicholson

1:00
PS 182Q (Jamaica, Queens) K-2 Recorder & Percussion Ensemble
Steve Swell & Michael T.A. Thompson – orchestra directors

1:30
Achievement First Bushwick Middle School Orchestra
Daniel Levin – orchestra director

2:00
Brooklyn Friends School Jazz Band All-Stars
Jessica Jones – orchestra director

2:30
York College Blue Notes HS Big Band
Tom Zlabinger – orchestra director

3:30
Panel Discussion – FREE
Integrating Innovative Music in our Schools
Day 6: Sunday Evening, June 14th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Lewis Barnes

5:00
Planet Dream
Steve Swell – trombone
Rob Brown – sax
Daniel Levin – cello

6:00
Fred Anderson Trio
Fred Anderson – sax
William Parker – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

7:15
Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence plus Guests
Michele Rosewoman – piano, keyboards
Brad Jones – acoustic, electric bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Loren Stillman – alto, soprano saxophones
Jacob Yoffee – tenor saxophone
Guests:
Vincent Gardner – trombone
Richard Padron – guitar

8:15
Yamamoto / Dickey / Carter
Whit Dickey – drums
Eri Yamomoto – piano
Daniel Carter – saxes, trumpet, clarinet, flute

9:00
FULL BLAST
Peter Brötzmann – sax
Marino Pliakas – elec. bass
Michael Wertmüller – drums
Day 6: Sunday Evening, June 14th – in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

6:45
Patricia Spears Jones
Patricia Spears Jones – words
Jason Kao Hwang – violin

8:00
Bill Brand’s ANGULAR MOMENTUM (1973), a 20-minute 16mm color film
Bill Brand, filmmaker
Phil Skaller, piano
Jeff Kaiser, Trumpet and electronics
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Day 7: Monday, June 15th at the Angel Orensanz Foundation 172 Norfolk Street near Houston

Celebrating the art and sculpture of Angel Orensanz
A Collaboration between Angel Orensanz Foundation and Arts for Art
Bringing together Sound, Sculpture, Movement, Color
All within the context of the artwork – projections and sculpture of Angel Orensanz

7:00
Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River
30 String Ensemble
VIOLIN: Henry Grimes, Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Trina Basu, Charles Burnham, Mark Chung, Rosi Hertlein, Marlene Rice, Eric Salazar, Sonya Robinson, Curtis Stewart Elektra Stewart, Tom Swafford, Helen Yee, Jason Kao Hwang
VIOLA: Nicole Federici, Stephanie Griffin, Judith Insell, Ron Lawrence, Mazz Swift
CELLO: Kirsten Jermé, Hayang Kim, Daniel Levin, Tomas Ulrich
BASS: Michael Bisio, Ken Filiano, François Grillot, Clifton Jackson, David Moss, Tom Zlabinger
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Cristian Amigo, Bradley Farberman, James Keepnews, Dom Minasi, Dave Ross, Tor Snyder, Hans Tammen
Drums: Andrew Drury

8:00
Trio X
Joe McPhee – sax and trumpet
Dominic Duval – bass
Jay Rosen – drums

9:00
Dance & Music
Patricia Nicholson – dance
Miriam Parker – dance
Mariko Kumanomido – dance
Jason Jordan – dance
Cooper-Moore – hand-crafted instruments
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
William Parker – bass

9:30
William Parker Quartet + 2
William Parker – bass
Rob Brown – sax
Lewis Barnes – trumpet
Hamid Drake – drums, percussion
+ Special Guests
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
James Spaulding – sax

11:00
After Party At The Local 269 – CLOSING Celebration
Bobby Bradford leads the closing Jam Session
Arts for Art Closing Party
At The Local 269
Corner of Houston and Suffolk Street

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 9 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn, myspace.com/295douglass; $10. (Chinen)20090226

KIDD JORDAN, WILLIAM PARKER, HAMID DRAKE (Friday) Mr. Jordan, a venerable New Orleans saxophonist, has a history of boisterous free improvisation with Mr. Parker, a stalwart bassist, and Mr. Drake, a responsive and powerful drummer: a few years ago they made an excellent album together, “Palm of Soul” (AUM Fidelity), and more recently they have made occasional appearances like this one. At 7:30 and 9 p.m., SEA Theater at Clemente Soto Vélez, 107 Suffolk Street, near Rivington Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-5420, rucma.org; $15 per set, $25 for both sets, $10 per set for students. (Chinen)20090226

DONNY MCCASLIN TRIO (Friday) The tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has recorded a handful of rewarding albums with chamberlike ensembles, but on his excellent most recent release, “Recommended Tools” (Greenleaf), he tacks in the other direction, leading this muscular trio with the bassist Hans Glawischnig and the drummer Johnathan Blake. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15, $10 for members. (Chinen)20090226

DOM MINASI STRING QUARTET (Saturday) A few years ago the guitarist Dom Minasi tapped a boisterous vein with an album called “The Vampire’s Revenge” (CDM). Here he enlists three adventurous musicians heard on the album: the violinist Jason Kao Hwang, the cellist Tomas Ulrich and the bassist Ken Filiano. At 8 p.m., 5C Jazz Cafe, 68 Avenue C, at East Fifth Street, East Village, (212) 254-1142, 5ccc.com; cover, $10, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090226

ODE (Friday) Ode is a free-ranging collective that relies on the longstanding rapport between three powerful improvisers: the saxophonist Larry Ochs, the bassist Lisle Ellis and the bassist Trevor Dunn. For this appearance the group welcomes a guest percussionist, Michael Sarin. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15 at the door; $10 for members and students. (Chinen)20090226

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Vision Festival 2009

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This year’s Vision Festival is announced!

Vision Festival XIV !

JUNE 9TH THROUGH 15TH

ABRONS ART CENTER @ The Henry St. Settlement & The ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION

Featuring performances by
Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra ·
Fred Anderson · Billy Bang · Rob Brown · Roy Campbell · Ernest Dawkins · Douglas Ewart · Charles Gayle · Milford Graves · William Hooker · Jason Kao Hwang · Kidd Jordan · Joe McPhee · Butch Morris conduction · Joe Morris · Ras Moshe · Sunny Murray · Zim Nggawana · William Parker · Michelle Rosewoman · Matthew Shipp · Lisa Sokolov · David S Ware

Vision Festival XIV will present more than 50 events, including music and dance performances, poetry readings, film screenings, visual art projections and a beautiful site-specific installation by Jorgo Schäfer, all on two stages. Arts For Art will be hosting three panel discussions, open to the public, which will serve to engage dialogue on pertinent issues in today’s music industry and community.

This year’s festival will honor the lifetime achievement of Philadelphia jazz legend, Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, with a full night of performances on Wednesday, June 10th.

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Vision Collaboration Nights in February

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From the Vision Festival people:

Vision Collaboration Nights 2009
at the Living Theatre
February 18-21, 2009

What:
Vision Collaboration Nights

Date and Time:
February 18-21
7:30-10pm

Place:
The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton
Take the F to Delancey or JMZ to Essex

Cost:
$15 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 students/seniors

Full Info:
http://www.artsforart.org
http://www.livingtheatre.org
tel: 212.254.5420
New York, NY – Arts for Art presents avantjazz dance and music with improvisation at the Vision Collaboration Nights. This unique festival allows for collaborations between innovative dancer/choreographers collaborating with New York’s top musicians thereby shedding new light on the experience of dance. Bringing the arts together, we believe moves forward the creativity in dance through challenging common expectations.

Wednesday, February 18
7:30 DASSdance: Daniel Wilkins and Christina Cooley, dance / William Parker, bass
8:00 Ehizoje Azeke, dance / Cooper Moore, hand crafted instruments
8:30 Miriam Parker, dance / Jason Kao Hwang, violin / Todd Nicholson, bass
9:00 Tony Malaby‘s Tamarindo: Tony Malaby, tenor sax / William Parker, bass / Nasheet Waits, drums

Thursday, February 19
7:30 The Age of the Bitter Chocolate: Sonia Portugal, dance / David Moss, bass
8:00 Miriam Parker, dance / Jason Kao Hwang, violin / Todd Nicholson, bass
8:30 A Moment Before: Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias, dance / Todd Nicholson, bass
9:00 Jason Kao Hwang/EDGE: Jason Kao Hwang, violin and viola; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet and flugelhorn; Ken Filiano, bass; Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Friday, February 20
7:30 Moving Stillness: Akim Funk Buddha, dance / Saco Yasuma, alto sax and flute
8:00 DASSdance: Daniel Wilkins and Christina Cooley, dance / William Parker, bass
8:30 A Moment Before: Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias, dance / Todd Nicholson, bass
9:00 Cooper Moore Duo: Cooper Moore, hand crafted instruments / Willie Applewhite, trombone

Saturday, February 21
7:30 Cooper Moore, hand crafted instruments / Tony Malaby, tenor sax / Charles Gayle, tenor sax / William Parker, bass / Nasheet Waits, drums
9:00 Patricia Nicholson’s A State of Mind: dancers: Miriam Parker, Daniel Wilkins, Jason Jordan, Julian Barnett; musicians: Cooper Moore, Charles Gayle, and William Parker

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Jason Kao Hwang’s EDGE at RUCMA

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From New York’s RUCMA:

Start: 01/26/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 01/26/2009 – 10:00pm

Jason Kao Hwang
Monday, January 26 @ 7:30 pm
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $7
Jam Session @ 9pm: $5

Jason Kao Hwang, violin, viola, &compositions
Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet & flugelhorn
Ken Filiano, bass
Andrew Drury, drums

Composer and violinist, Jason Kao Hwang has created works ranging from jazz, classical, “new” and world music. As violinist, he has worked with Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Pheeroan akLaff, Anthony Braxton, Vladamir Tarasov, Henry Threadgill and William Parker. As composer he has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His chamber opera, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown (New World Records), was named one of the top ten opera recordings of 2005 by Opera News. His duo with Sang Won Park(kayagum, ajeng, voice), Local Lingo, was recently released by Euonymus Records. His most recent releases on Innova Records are STORIES BEFORE WITHIN and his quartet recording, EDGE.

http://www.jasonkaohwang.com

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SpiderMonkey Stories: November Joys

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Taylor Ho Bynum discusses some upcoming shows.

9pm, Fri 11/14 – THB Trio (with Mary Halvorson, guitar; Tomas Fujiwara, drums). Did you see the fabulous NY Times piece on Mary?

10:30pm, Fri 11/14 – THB Sextet (with Matt Bauder, tenor sax & clarinet; Jason Kao Hwang, violin & viola; Mary Halvorson & Evan O’Reilly, guitars; Tomas Fujiwara, drums). The sextet’s set at the Vision Festival last June was just broadcast on BBC 3 Radio, along with an interview, it’s streaming this week on the BBC website, check it out. I tried to find a way to say “and now for something completely different”, but I think they edited it out.

9pm & 10:30pm, Sat 11/15 – THB & SpiderMonkey Strings (with Jason Kao Hwang, violin; Jessica Pavone, viola; Tomas Ulrich, cello; Pete Fitzpatrick, guitar; Joseph Daley, tuba; Luther Gray, drums; Kyoko Kitamura, vocals & electronics). We’ll be performing an extended suite called Madeleine Dreams, using text from my sister Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s novel Madeleine is Sleeping, along with music from our first CD Other Stories and original arrangements of compositions by Ornette, Duke, Sun Ra. (By the way, she’s got a new book out, Ms. Hempel Chronicles. Read it!)

Then SpiderMonkey Strings hits the road. We’ll be playing in Boston for the first time since 2004 and making the group’s New Haven debut.

3pm, Sun 11/14, FREE – THB & SpiderMonkey Strings
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA

8:30 & 10pm, Fri 11/21 – THB & SpiderMonkey Strings
Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St, New Haven CT

Other than a December performance in Poland with Braxton, these will be my last concerts of 2008. After a wild and woolly year, I’m hoping to take a few months to lay low and compose some new music, go into the proverbial woodshed for a bit, maybe even do some blog writing. And we got to make sure “they” don’t try and blow up the world in their final two months! Good luck to us all.

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EDGE Quartet in Syracuse

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From New Thing Productions:

New Thing Productions Presents:
Tuesday September 30th, 2008 at 8 PM
EDGE Quartet
Metropolis Underground
615 S. Main Street Route 11 , backside of building
North Syracuse, NY
http://www.myspace.com/metropolisundergroundinc

The EDGE Quartet is:
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet, flugelhorn
Andrew Drury – drum set
Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin, viola
Special Guest Joe Daley – tuba

Nested in the urban mountains of New York City, EDGE embraces both past and future with musical tales celebrating life and loss. Their instruments, resonant with human and animal overtones, sing through sharp lines vibrating between histories, cultures and genres. Their first CD Edge 2006 reached #14 on the national CMJ radio charts and Stories Before Within, recently released on Innova, hit #9 this past March. EDGE has been presented by the Vision Festival XI NYC , the National Bohemian Home Jazz Festival Detroit , An Die Music Baltimore , the Deep Listening Institute, Brooklyn College, the Stone and many other venues. Upcoming performances include Edgefest Ann Arbor , the Coastal Jazz and Blues Festival Vancouver and Casa del Popolo Festival Montreal.

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