THE FAR EAST SIDE BAND

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At one time, hybrids of jazz and Asian music consisted only of "Oriental" flourishes, used by jazzers to exoticize their compositions. But over the last decade an active group of Asian-Americans, including Fred Ho, Jon Jang, Glenn Horiuchi, and Jason Kao Hwang, has sparked an explosion of activity, exploring the indigenous musics of Asia through the expressive vehicle of jazz arrangement and improvisation. Hwang, a second-generation Chinese-American born and raised in Waukegan, leads the Far East Side Band--the name plays on both the group's New York base and the distant ancestry of all but one of the members. Formed in 1992 as a trio, the ensemble situates Hwang's violin alongside the pan-Asian battery of Japanese-born percussionist Yukio Tsuji and the Korean instruments of Sang-Won Park. Park plays kayagum, a kotolike 12-string plucked zither, and ajang, a 7-string zither bowed with a rosined wooden stick to produce almost vocal sounds. He's read more...
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Caverns
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1994
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Urban Archaeology
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1996

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