Music Program

Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Jason Kao Hwang's Edge Quartet


Jason Kao Hwang (violin, compositions)
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet)
Joseph Daley (tuba)
Andrew Drury (drums)

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 Arbour), the Coastal Jazz and Blues Festival (Vancouver) and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival (Montreal).

Jason Kao Hwang (composer, violinist) has created works ranging from jazz, classical, "new" and world music. He leads the quartet EDGE and also Spontaneous River, an orchestra of string improvisers. As a violinist, he has worked with many artists, including Reggie Workman, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris and Henry Threadgill. As composer he has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts and others. 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. (

Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) is a performer on cornet and various brass instruments, composer, bandleader, and interdisciplinary collaborator with artists in dance, film, and theater. Bynum presently leads his Trio, Sextet, the eight-piece ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings, and co-leads the 10-piece ensemble Positive Catastrophe with percussionist/composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado. He has also developed a body of solo music for cornet and duo work with dancer/choreographer Rachel Bernsen. In addition to his own groups, Bynum regularly performs with Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Bill Lowe, Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng and others. He is featured on over fifty CDs, and has performed throughout the world. (

Andrew Drury (drum set) is drummer/composer, mostly in jazz and free improvisation. He has toured homeless shelters in Indiana, was artist-in-residence for six months with the Oneida Nation, jammed with prison inmates in Connecticut, and led workshops in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bosnia, and across the U.S. A former student of Ed Blackwell, he can be heard on over 20 CDs and has played with Ricardo Arias, Jim Black, Michel Doneda, Mark Dresser, Peter Evans, Mazen Kerbaj, Eyvind Kang, Briggan Krauss, Myra Melford, Andrea Neumann, Reuben Radding, Wadada Leo Smith, Chris Speed, Steve Swell, TOTEM>, Jack Wright, and others. (

Joseph Daley (tuba) is a musician/composer/educator specializing in new/contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation. He has studied at the Manhattan School of Music attaining a master's degree in music education. He has received fellowships in music composition from the National Endowment, MacDowell Colony, Music Omi and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Mr. Daley has performed and recorded with: Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Cole, Far East Side Band, Sam Rivers, Ellery Eskelin, Liberation Music Orchestra, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, Taj Mahal, Jayne Cortez, George Gruntz, Gravity, Ebony Brass Quintet, Paradigm Shift, Dave Douglas, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Craig Harris, Spider Monkey Strings and Hazmat Modine. (

"...Hwang is one of the more innovative American composer/instrumentalists of his generation... Edge lives up to its name in that it provokes keen listening, which ultimately speaks to the interplay within the quartet." - Bill Shoemaker, POINTOFDEPARTURE.ORG, 2006

"Edge is Hwang's newest ensemble... within contexts framed by Hwang, but only limited by the imagination of the group's members, and with these musicians almost everything is possible. ... sparks fly in this recording..." - Thomas Erdman, JAZZREVIEW.COM, 2006

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