Burning Bridge was composed upon a Burning Bridge. The nature of this music consumes temporal illusions while enveloping the concurrence of life and death. On this Burning Bridge, the tinder of history and culture feed flames that vibrate within the core of both instinct and identity. The fire, often ignored, has always existed, with bridges burning each moment of our ever-changing lives. For Burning Bridge, the various traditions of each instrument, Chinese, Jazz and Classical, are united into a single musical voice resonant with distinct cultural overtones. With the poetic complexities inherent to this sound, the music possesses all the attributes of any human being. Burning Bridge is the experience, not the representation.
“Jason Kao Hwang, who brought a vast array of sonic wonders to the Freer Gallery on Friday night in his latest genre-straddling work, “Burning Bridge.” … Hwang has his finger firmly on the racing pulse of the 21st century, where everything is interconnected and boundaries of time and geography seem hopelessly quaint. If there’s a war cry for music of the new millennium, it might well be: Burn the bridges – there’s no going back.” The Washington Post
Jason Kao Hwang – composer, violin
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet/ flugelhorn
Joe Daley – tuba
Andrew Drury – drum set
Ken Filiano – string bass
Sun Li – pipa
Steve Swell – trombone
Wang Guowei – erhu
The appearance of EDGE with guest artists is made possible by Chamber Music America’s Presenting Jazz program; and Burning Bridge, by composer Jason Kao Hwang , was commissioned through the CMA program New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development. Both programs are supported through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.