Kao Hwang (composer, violinist) has created works ranging
from jazz, classical, "new" and world music.
Mr. Hwang's new CD of his jazz quartet, EDGE (Asian
Improv Records), has received glowing reviews. 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. Mr. Hwang's seminal ensemble
(1990-2004), The Far East Side Band, released two CDs,
Urban Archaeology (Victo Records) and Caverns (New World
Records). They performed at World Music Institute (NYC),
Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen (Austria), the
duMaurier Ltd. International Jazz Festival (Canada)
and many other stages. As violinist, he has performed
on recordings including Anthony Braxton's 1996 Sextet
(Istanbul) and 1995 Octet (NYC), Dominic Duval's The
Navigator (Leo); Henry Threadgill's Come Save the Day
(Columbia) and Too Much Sugar for a Dime (Axiom), Reggie
Workman's Altered States (Leo) and Butch Morris's Dust
to Dust and Testament:, A Conduction Collection (New
World). Over the years, he has performed with numerous
artists including Vladamir Tarasov, Borah Bergman, William
Parker, Sirone, and Makanda Ken MacIntyre. As composer,
he has received support from the National Endowment
for the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Sang Won Park (kayagum, ajang, voice) was a founding
member of the Far East Side Band with composer/violinist
Jason Kao Hwang, recording two acclaimed CDs, Caverns(New
World Records) and Urban Archaeology(Victo Records).
Mr. Park made his western debut at Carnegie Recital
Hall in 1979, followed by a tour of both the U.S. and
Europe. Les Amis De L'Orient and Sono Disc in Paris
have produced an album entitled Le Kayagum de Park Sang
Won. He has recorded with Henry Kaiser and Charles K.
Noyes(OAO/Celluloid) and Laurie Anderson(Warner Brothers).
He was featured in Rhythm of the World, a documentary
produced for BBC-TV and Improvisation, a documentary
written by Derek Bailey and produced by Channel 4 of
U.K.. His life and music has been documented in Old
Tradition and New Sound, a program narrated by Judy
Collins for National Public Radio. He has also appeared
in Nam Jun Paik's acclaimed satellite spectacular Bye
Bye Kipling on PBS. Mr. Park, a native of Seoul, earned
his B.A. and M.A. in musicology at Seoul National University.
He was a member of the Traditional Music Orchestra of
Seoul and a researcher at the Academy of Korean Studies.