Jason Kao Hwang
Daher-Malis Duo with John Lindberg, and a solo set by Jason Kao Hwang
Fringe at the EdgeAt Encore Records
This is a free event.
- Matthew Daher, drums
- Michael Malis, piano
- John Lindberg, bass
- Jason Kao Hwang, violin/viola
Can't wait until Wednesday for the fun to begin? Whet your Edgefest appetite with this informal, improvisational Fringe performance at one of our favorite places in town, Encore Records! Join us for a double feature, with a solo set from Jason Kao Hwang and a performance from the Daher-Malis Duo featuring special guest John Lindberg.
As part of the 10th anniversary of Edgefest in 2006, KCH created a series of free public performance events which took place during the days and early evenings in restaurants, cafés and galleries in downtown Ann Arbor, featuring some of the areas most accomplished creative musicians. The Fringe project, now a festival staple, has been very successful in moving creative and imaginative music making out of the conventional concert hall venue and into public spaces such as bars, restaurants and markets.
The Edgefest schedule and line-up are subject to change. Please check back for continued updates.
Tickets to Edgefest are $10-$15 for individual ticketed events, with a limited number of student tickets ($5) available for most performances. An Edgepass ($160) is available, which allows for admission to all events, as well as a special dinner with our Edgefest artists.
See our Edgefest page for more information about the festival.
|Edgefest 20 is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, in honor of Maurice and Linda Binkow on the occasion of her 80th birthday and their 60th wedding anniversary.|
|Edgefest 20 is honored to receive a matching grant on ticket sales from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, including double for every new attendee.|
|Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an awards from New Music USA, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.|
|Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.|
Detroit‐based improviser Matthew Daher’s creative practice is informed by 10 years of experimentation in ambient, electroacoustic, free jazz, hip‐hop, and folk music, meditation practice, and free movement practices. Daher cultivates states of flow rooted in deep awareness of the breath that grant autonomy to the body to make its joys and sorrows known. This autonomy gives rise to creations whose purpose is neither entirely sonic nor entirely visual/bodily, but whose character is always hyperbolically emotive and engaging. Daher has performed or had his work performed at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Bushwick Open Studios (NY), Shapeshifter (NY), and Image Forum (Tokyo).
Michael Malis is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. In July of 2015, he self-released his debut album as a leader, “Lifted from the No of All Nothing”, featuring all original music by Malis. The Detroit Free Press called it “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut… The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom.” It was described by Hot House Jazz Guide (NYC) as “cover[ing] a broad range of free expression. [Malis] bridges the gap between original composed, complex material and the spontaneity of improvisation.”
In December of 2015, Malis’ collaboration with drummer/sound artist Matthew Daher, Daher-Malis Duo, released “Secret of Begin” on cassette tape. The tape marks the debut release of Tool and Die records, a new record company based in Detroit. Earlier in the year, Malis performed on the debut recording of rising star tenor saxophonist Marcus Elliot, “Where the City Meets the Sky”, which was released to critical acclaim. Elliot’s quartet, featuring Malis, has maintained a three year weekly residency at Detroit’ premiere jazz club, Cliff Bell’s.
As a pianist, he has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including notables such as Marcus Belgrave, Jaribu Shahid, Ken Filiano, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other venues. As a leader, he has maintained a touring schedule with his trio, playing in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, and across the Midwest and East Coast.
Malis has also worked in interdisciplinary settings; in September of 2015, he collaborated with visual artist Costa Kazaleh Sirdenis and the aforementioned Matthew Daher to create an evening-length performance piece, “Warped and Wept”, which explores the intersection of masculinity and crying through text, music, sound, video, and live performance. The piece was developed at the Carr Center through their Artist Hub Residency, and premiered at the Carr Center in October 2015. Since then, the trio has performed the piece in Toronto and Montréal, and has plans to remount the piece in the coming months.
As a composer, he was awarded "Best Musical Score" in the 2011 Lightworks Film Festival for his score to the short film "Slash/Fiction." He has continued to write music for film since then, scoring a total of three short films and one full length feature film. He began writing music for theater in 2012, writing the musical score for “The Mute Quire”, a play by the Fratellanza Theater Company, which premiered at the New Theater Project in Ypsilanti, MI, in June of 2012 to critical acclaim. “The Mute Quire” was subsequently remounted in Galway, Ireland in 2014 at the Galway Fringe Festival. His second collaboration with Fratellanza, “String Up the Moon,” premiered in Detroit to critical acclaim in September of 2013.
John Lindberg commenced his full-time professional career at age sixteen, allowing for total immersion into his work as a performer/composer, subsequently being mentored by the late, great bassist David Izenzon. For the last forty years he has traveled the globe performing thousands of concerts of creative music. He has released myriad albums--over one hundred--that spotlight his original compositions and feature his singularly identifiable bass playing. His extended works for chamber ensembles, both large and small, have been widely commissioned, including works for The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York Chamber Ensemble, and Neues Kolner Streichquartett. His catalogue contains over one hundred and fifty published works. His work as a producer of powerful cross-genre projects is well known, as is his ongoing work as an educator with a distinctly unique message. In addition to being an ensemble leader and a co-founder of the String Trio of New York, he has worked with a plethora of luminary creative artists, including Albert Mangelsdorff, Ed Thigpen, Wadada Leo Smith, Susie Ibarra, Karl Berger, John Carter, Jimmy Lyons, Sunny Murray, Joe LaBarbera, Kevin Norton, Roswell Rudd, Henry Threadgill and Jack DeJohnette. Awards and fellowships in support of his work include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, Arts International, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, and a Diploma de Honor from Gobernacion Cordillera, Chile.
Jason Kao Hwang
Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) has created works ranging from jazz, “new” and world music. Recently he released the CD VOICE and Burning Bridge, his octet of Chinese and Western instruments commissioned by Chamber Music America, performed at the Magic Triangle (Mass.) and the International Festival Musique Actuelle (Canada). Also, his symphony The Challenge: Tiananmen Square, commissioned by the Multicultural Music Group premiered at Lehman College In 2014 Zizal, his duo CD with Ayman Fanous, was voted into the second round of the Grammy Awards. In 2012, National Public Radio selected Burning Bridge as one of the year’s Top CDS and the Downbeat Critics’ Poll voted him “Rising Star for Violin.” In 2011 and 2012 the critics’ poll of El Intruso voted him #1 for Violin/Viola. He also released Symphony of Souls (Mulatta), performed by his string orchestra Spontaneous River, and Crossroads Unseen, the third CD of his quartet EDGE. In 2010, the NYC Jazz Record selected Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983, from a collective quartet that was Mr. Hwang’s first band, as one of the “Reissued Recordings of the Year.” As violinist, Mr. Hwang has worked with Will Connell, Jr., Butch Morris, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others.