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Ayman Fanous and Jason Hwang at The Haven February 21st

On Friday February 21st at 7:30 p.m., The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM present the duo of guitarist Ayman Fanous and world renowned violinist Jason Kao Hwang in concert at The Haven in Charlottesville. Opening this evening of jazz, improvisation and chamber music will be Charlottesville residents Greg Howard (Chapman Stick) and Stephen Nachmanovitch (violin).

Jason Kao Hwang was voted “Rising Star, violin” by Downbeat magazine in 2012, and has received many other awards and accolades. His recent octet recording, “Burning Bridge”, combined Chinese and Western instruments, and was commissioned by Chamber Music America. University of Virginia graduate Ayman Fanous has achieved distinctive and unconventional sounds and techniques on guitar and bozouki, managing to combine and fuse classical, flamenco and free jazz techniques.

As a duo, Hwang and Fanous recently released the CD “Zilzal,” on Innova Records, which All About Jazz calls “beautifully rendered… an impressive and multifaceted collection.” They will be in WTJU's studios the morning of the concert to talk with Jazz Essence host Paula O'Buckley about their music.

A pair of similarly adventurous and genre-bending musicians, Greg Howard and Stephen Nachmanovitch, will also perform. Howard is well known to Charlottesville residents for his performances and recordings on the versatile Chapman Stick. His most recent release is “Azul” with John D’earth on trumpet and Brian Caputo on drums. Nachmanovitch performs and teaches internationally as an improvisational violinist, and enjoys working at the intersections of music, dance, theater, and multimedia arts. He is the author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art (Penguin, 1990).

Tickets to this special event at The Haven on February 21st will be available at the door only.

General admission price is $12; $10 for paid members of The Charlottesville Jazz Society, and $5 for students. For more information call Gary at (434) 249-6191, or visit


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