Friday, February 19 at 7:30 PM

Photo by Robert I. Sutherland-Cohen

Jason Hwang and his longtime bandmates Ken Filiano (bass) and Andrew Drury (drums) could only have made this recording now, after having persevered – individually and collectively – through life’s trials and errors to get to this point of effortless musical mastery, where they can converse freely and eloquently in a language created together over years of collaboration. Certainly, the intimate experience of engaging with this music as a trio for at least a year, testing it in concert after concert, making revisions and discoveries all along the way, has engendered a truly remarkable depth of shared feeling and common understanding among them.

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The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his history. His compositions are often narrative landscapes through which sonic beings embark upon extemporaneous, transformational journeys.  His most recent releases, Conjure, his duo with Karl Berger, and Blood, performed by Burning Bridge, his octet of Chinese and Western instruments, have received critical acclaim. In 2019, 2018, 2013 and 2012, the El Intruso International Critics Poll voted him #1 for Violin/Viola.  In 2017 Downbeat Magazine named his quintet Sing House as one of the best of the year. His 2015 CD Voice, which features vocalists Deanna Relyea and Tom Buckner received critical acclaim. Zilzal, his duets with Ayman Fanous, was named one of the Top CDs of 2014 by All About Jazz/ Italy. The 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll voted Mr. Hwang as Rising Star for Violin. The first Burning Bridge was one of the top CDs of 2012 by Jazziz and the Jazz Times. In 2011 he released Symphony of Souls performed by his improvising string orchestra, Spontaneous River. In 2010, the New York Jazz Record selected Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983 from a collective that was Mr. Hwang’s first band, as one the 2010 Reissued Recordings of the Year. His quartet EDGE released, EDGE (2006), Stories Before Within (2008), and Crossroads Unseen (2011), all of which appeared on many top ten of the year lists. His chamber opera The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown was one of the Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005 by Opera News. As composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, NY Community Trust, NJSCA, NYSCA, US Artists International and others. As violinist, he has worked with William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Pauline Oliveros, Tomeka Reid, Patrick Brennan, Will Connell, Jr., Zen Matsuura, Oliver Lake, Adam Rudolph, Jerome Cooper and others. 

Ken Filiano, bass player, composer, improviser, has been performing throughout the world for thirty years, collaborating with leading artists in multiple genres, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken leads two quartets, Quantum Entanglements, and Baudalino’s Dilemma (Vinny Golia, Warren Smith, Michael TA Thompson), and is a co-leader of The Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo and TranceFormation (Connie Crothers, Andrea Wolper.) His extensive discography includes a solo bass CD, “subvenire” (NineWinds), and “Dreams From a Clown Car” (Clean Feed), which presents his compositions for his quartet, Quantum Entanglements (Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, Michael TA Thompson). For these and numerous other recordings and performances, critics have called Ken a “creative virtuoso,” a “master of technique” . . . “a paradigm of that type of artist. . . who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind.”* Ken has performed and/or recorded with Karl Berger, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, Connie Crothers Quartet, Bill Dixon, Ted Dunbar, Giora Feidman Quartet, Vinny Golia ensembles, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Kao Hwang, Joseph Jarman, Raul Juarena, Joelle Leandre, Frank London, Tina Marsh, Warne Marsh, Dom Minasi, Barre Phillips, Roswell Rudd, ROVA Saxophone Qt., Paul Smoker, Peeter Uuskyla, Fay Victor Ensemble, Pablo Zielger, and many more. Ken is on the teaching roster at the New School in New York, and has been a guest artist lecturer at School of Visual Arts and Hunter College (New York). He teaches master classes in bass and improvisation, and has a private bass studio in Brooklyn. 

Andrew Drury is a drummer, composer, and organizer who has performed in 30 countries and on 70 recordings, recently recognized by All About Jazz as “one of the most adventurous drummer/percussionists in creative music today, and a dedicated humanitarian.” A long-time student of the legendary drummer Ed Blackwell, he performs as a soloist and leads ensembles of all sizes—most recently Content Provider featuring Ingrid Laubrock, Briggan Krauss, Brandon Seabrook. In addition to his work with Jason Kao Hwang and Ken Filiano he has worked in the last decade with J. D. Parran, Ku-umba Frank Lacy/1032K, Stephanie Richards, Robert Dick, Kris Davis, Alan Braufman, Cooper-Moore, Satoko Fujii, Thomas Buckner, Joseph Daley, Aruán Ortiz, Tomeka Reid, Roswell Rudd, Jack Wright, Bonita Oliver, and many more. He is a pioneer of extended percussion techniques involving friction and which turn the drum into a wind instrument. Drury is the founding director of Continuum Culture & Arts, a non-profit organization that has presented over 150 Soup & Sound house concerts and events involving film, dance, writing, performance art, and humanities discussions in the US, Europe, and South America. Continuum also facilitates international cultural exchange with artists in 40 countries, provides educational programming in homeless shelters and schools across the US and abroad. He has led over 1,500 workshops and masterclasses in universities, prisons, Indian reservations, schools, Central American villages, and shelters for homeless people and battered women. In 2017 Drury received a Jubilation Foundation Fellowship for “spreading joy through rhythm.”

As a bandleader he leads a quartet, CONTENT PROVIDER, featuring Briggan Krauss, Ingrid Laubrock, and Brandon Seabrook and a TENTET. His past groups have included Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Peter Evans, Eyvind Kang, and others. Drury’s solo work employs a single floor tom or tympani and extreme extended wind and friction techniques that transform the drum into a generator of frequencies, textures, difference tones, and multiphonics akin to electronic music, and which stretch the definition of “percussion” up to and beyond its limits. 

A cooperative trio Drury plays in–1032K with Ku-umba Frank Lacy and Kevin Ray–is finishing its second recording featuring special guest Roswell Rudd, and in 2014 was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Atrium to create a suite based on the music of Skip James. As a sideperson/collaborator he has worked with artists such as Jason Kao Hwang, Jack Wright, Stephanie Richards, Robert Dick, Steve Swell, JD Parran, Michel Doneda, Miya Masaoka, Elliott Sharp, Kris Davis, Jaap Blonck, Christine Abdelnour, Nate Wooley, Mazen Kerbaj, Darius Jones, Cooper-Moore, and many more.

Drury founded the Soup & Sound house concert series in Brooklyn, NY which has presented over 110 performances (and pots of excellent soup) featuring artists such as Agusti Fernandez, Tomeka Reid, Isabelle Duthoit, Jaap Blonck, Satoko Fujii, and Joe McPhee. Drury is the Director of Continuum Culture & Arts, a non-profit 501c3 organization that does performance presentation, education, recording, international cultural exchange, runs the Different Track Recordings label, and other activities.