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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.

Saturdays 2 - 5pm (EDT) | On WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio
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Options October 24, 2020: Composer/Violinist/Violist Jason Kao Hwang explores the vibrations and language of his history.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Jason Kao Hwang  Conscious Concave Concrete   Options Jason Kao Hwang  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang  2 AM   Options Human Rites Trio  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  0:19:58 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Cleanhead Vinson  They Call Me Mr. Cleanhead   Options Redux (Live at th Keystone Korner)      0:39:41 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang  Battle for Indelible Truth   Options Human Rites Trio  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  0:48:27 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang  Words Asleep Spoken Awake Pat-1   Options Human Rites Trio  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  1:09:52 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang  Words Asleep Spoken Awake Part-2   Options Human Rites Trio  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  1:17:02 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang & Dave Sewelson  Now and Then   Options Live on WFMU  GTDR Records and Tapes    1:48:47 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang & Karl Berger  Vanishing Roots   Options Conjure  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  2:25:21 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang & Karl Berger  Prohecy   Options Conjure  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  2:31:33 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang & Karl Berger  Faith   Options Conjure  True Sound Recordings  https://jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com  2:35:49 (Pop‑up)
Jason Kao Hwang & Dave Sewelson  Then And Now   Options Live on WFMU  GTDR Records and Tapes    2:51:51 (Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

  2:01pm DavidJ:

How Lonely Can You Get?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Dave Sewelson:

We have some tech issues hang on
  2:07pm DavidJ:

Whoa! You found the switch!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:08pm Dave Sewelson:

Switched on!
Avatar 2:12pm duke:

Hi Dave and Jason
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah duke!
Avatar 2:15pm Sem:

Greets, Dave, guest Jason Kao Hwang, and free worlders world-wide and/or in orbit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:16pm Dave Sewelson:

Hey Sem!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm fred:

Greetings Dave and Jason
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:32pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah fred!!!!!!!
  2:32pm cooper-moore:

Yo to you all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:34pm Dave Sewelson:

cooper-moore!
  2:35pm cooper-moore:

Early voting in East Harlem, line was 1 mile long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm fred:

Cooper-Moore at Instants Chavirés 2021! If 2021 happens, that is
  2:40pm cooper-moore:

They Call Me Mr. Cleanhead
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Dave & Jason and free worldlings
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:42pm doctorjazz:

Hi folks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:43pm Dave Sewelson:

sealy and doc!
  2:47pm ?:

hey cooper!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47pm doctorjazz:

Cleanhead! Yeah!
  2:49pm ?:

hey Fred and dr jazz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm fred:

@doc: I'll be AWOL for tomorrow's DO:Radio, going to visit my dad
  2:51pm Jim Ryan:

Interesting conversation and nice to hear the blues.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53pm coelacanth∅:

haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53pm coelacanth∅:

that's grate!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53pm doctorjazz:

Hi Fred!! You'll be missed, but enjoy the visit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53pm fred:

Wendy should be here for that joke
  2:53pm Jim Ryan:

YeAh! grated cheese and good blues . . .
  2:57pm Jim Ryan:

Yes, cannot be wiped out! Jim
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Dave Sewelson:

Yeah Jim
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm Dave Sewelson:

Check it out on band camp
jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm chresti:

Hi free world!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm fred:

All this talk about shaving would make anyone but our host uncomfortable
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm Dave Sewelson:

Hair today, gone tomorrow...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm coelacanth∅:

hi chresti
  3:08pm cooper-moore:

Great band!
  3:09pm cooper-moore:

A real BAND!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10pm fred:

My hair is thinning (well falling) but I haven't got a haircut since 1995. Not sure what the point is
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:14pm Dave Sewelson:

pledge.wfmu.org...
  3:17pm Jason:

thanks Cooper-Moore!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm fred:

I really love viola, who does Jason count as an influence on that instrument?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm chresti:

Hi coel
  3:18pm Jason Kao Hwang:

ok, will talk about that after these tracks Fred. thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm chresti:

I'm sorry to have missed the shaving news.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:21pm fred:

@chresti: You missed Dave's saying he shaved his beard? Earth shaking news!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm Dave Sewelson:

shaved my head fred...beard has been here since July 24 2005
  3:25pm Jeff g. via app:

Clearly the place to be. Hello to all free worlders, Dave, Jason!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm fred:

@Dave: I know, I was playing with chresti's head. You shaving your beard would be galactic news at least
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm Brian in UK:

Hello Dave, Jason and groovers. Your beard is about as long ago as I have been listening to this nutty radio station.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm Dave Sewelson:

Brian, so you say
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm Brian in UK:

I never said a word.
Viola when referring to plants is a cuitvated hybrid, which kind of sums this music up very well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:35pm johnny jump-up∅:

Voila!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm WR:

Connected few minutes ago. Dig hearing Jason on free world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm chresti:

That's new music, a cultivated hybrid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm Brian in UK:

chresti, exactly if only I could spell it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm Brian in UK:

Wu Man is tops, so much fun. Saw her a few years back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:40pm chresti:

Love Pipa music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:40pm fred:

Wu Man is fantastic
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:40pm chresti:

Hi WR.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm Dave Sewelson:

johnny jump up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm coelacanth∅:

i never considered that a bow could make that much of a difference
... but of course it would!
  3:53pm Jeff g. via app:

Here for the sparkle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Dave Sewelson:

sparkle sparkle Jeff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm WR:

Have been working so will listen again from the beginning to catch it all.
  3:56pm Jeff g. via app:

“Not just intonation”
  4:04pm Gina Bacon:

Happy Saturday, everyone!
Avatar 4:06pm Sem:

Hey, Gina!
  4:06pm Gina Bacon:

Hey, Sem!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08pm fred:

Thank you so much for this. You don't know how much I miss live shows. This isn't the real thing, but close enough, thank you so much
  4:12pm Jeff g. via app:

Damn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm WR:

Thank you two. Beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:18pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks to you listeners for being here...
  4:23pm Dean:

Sounds like Bloom's anxiety of influence transferred to musicians.
  4:28pm Jim Ryan:

And if your playing free improv with people you not only need to listen to them, you need to trust them/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm coelacanth∅:

^ right on
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm fred:

I'm still there!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:33pm Dave Sewelson:

jasonkaohwang.bandcamp.com
  4:34pm Jason Kao Hwang:

glad you can hear this track Fred
  4:35pm ?:

Lovely to hear you Jason!!!!Piotr
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks for stopping by Piotr!
  4:37pm Jason Kao Hwang:

hey Piotr! thanks for tuning in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37pm Jeff Golick:

Thanks for that link, @Dave. Lot of tremendous music at Jason's bandcamp page. Zilzal is a particular and beautiful fave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37pm Dave Sewelson:

Yes yes, Jim
  4:38pm Jason Kao Hwang:

thanks Jeff!
Avatar 4:40pm Sem:

Diggin' the whole thing from minute one. Thank you, Dave and Jason, and all on the board.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:41pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks for your support Sem!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm WR:

What I've heard in the interview / discussion has mostly focused on improvisation but Jason has composed and recorded an opera and works for large ensembles. Can you speak about your approach to those works?

And this duo with Berger is so beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:45pm chresti:

Thank you Dave and Jason!
  4:45pm Jason Kao Hwang:

thanks WR, we'll talk about this next then
  4:45pm Jim Ryan:

very nice fresh sounds . . . do I hear piano on that too? Who is playing piano?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm Dave Sewelson:

Karl Berger on piano
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm WR:

If I recall ancient liner note history correctly, Karl Berger also has PhD in philosophy. See no mention of that on the Wikipedia page for him.
  4:48pm Jim Ryan:

Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm fred:

Jason should be back on another show, so much to him to cover in just one
  4:49pm DavidJ:

Very nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm Jeff Golick:

Thanks to you, Jason!
Avatar 4:52pm duke:

Thanks Dave and Jason. Interesting show
  4:52pm ?:

Great show Dave!!!
  4:53pm Piotr&Deanna:

Great show Dave!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm Gina Bacon:

Thanks, Dave and Jason!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks All you Lissners!.
  4:57pm Dean:

"During the 1960s, [Berger] started playing vibraphone and received a doctoral degree in musicology."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Gina Bacon:

Thank you, Dave!! I'm ready! This has been really interesting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Dave Sewelson:

Gina is next
wfmu.org...
  4:59pm DavidJ:

Thanks Dave & Jason
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm WR:

Thank you so very much Jason and Dave. Great music Great energy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks all!
  5:01pm Dean:

The notes on this album appear to indicate that he studied philosophy, too: https://www.discogs.com/John-McLaughlin-Dave-Holland-John-Surman-Stu-Martin-Karl-Berger-Where-Fortune-Smiles/master/75308
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm WR:

Thanks Dean.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Dave! Thanks Jason!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm WR:

Listening from the beginning, enjoying the discussion, enjoying the music. I agree with Fred, please have Jason back again. Peace & love to you both.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27am WR:

The improv is so so so beautiful. You gentlemen traveled together, in counterpoint, in parallel, in response. A symphony for two.
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