photo by Geert Vandepoele

photo by Geert Vandepoele

The Art Ensemble of Chicago

One of the most influential and visionary groups to grow out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Art Ensemble of Chicago is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an expanded collective of musicians. Eddy joins the Art Ensemble as a violist and improviser, along with Tomeka Reid (cello), Jean Cook (violin), Silvia Bolognesi (bass), Junius Paul (Bass), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Hugh Ragin (trumpet), and of course, Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye.


(Napoleon Maddox)

TFT tells the story of Napoleon Maddox’s great grand-aunts, Millie-Christine, conjoined twins born into slavery in 1851. Millie-Christine lived an extraordinary life of intellect, creativity, artistry, and struggle. After emancipation, Millie-Christine earned enough money through their talents and international celebrity to buy back the plantation they were born on, where they lived to be the longest living conjoined twins in history. Eddy joins the ensemble as violinist, arranger, and improviser.


Collaboration With Senga Nengudi, Crow Nishimura & Joshua Kohl

A special, ongoing performance project with artist Senga Nengudi, dancer Crow Nishimura (of Degenerate Art Ensemble), and musician Joshua Kohl (of Degenerate Art Ensemble). In partnership with Colorado College. Presentation for 2020-2021.

Excerpt “Ziyad’s Story”

Ambassador Ensemble

The MYCincinnati Ambassador Ensemble is a string sextet of young musicians led by MYCincinnati Director Eddy Kwon. For the 2014-15 school year, the group engaged in weekly critical discussions around identity, social justice, power, and the artist as an agent of change. Using these conversations as creative inspiration, Eddy worked with the students to compose a performance work that organically combines storytelling, avant chamber music, and social criticism with the ensemble's intense, youthful energy.

 Photo by Michael Wilson

Photo by Michael Wilson

The Happy Maladies

Combining elements of folk traditions with the spirit of chamber music and the energy of a composer’s collective, The Happy Maladies create colorful and deeply personal music. Their exploration of song form, harmonic play, technical agility, and nuanced improvisations make their music raw, unique, and potent. A wildly creative voice in the world of acoustic new music.

Eddy Kwon, violin & voice
Peter Gemus, double bass
Stephen Patota, mandolin / guitar & voice
Benjamin Thomas, banjo / guitar & voice

Photo by Lizzy DuQuette


VIOLENCE is a performance piece for electro-acoustic quartet and tape. It is a reflection on the complex structures of violence that have, over many hundreds of years, created conditions for desperation, exclusion, callousness, and (ultimately) death in America. 

From the systematic murder of indigenous peoples to the endless exploitation of the natural world; from the nightmarish brutality of slavery to the paralyzing dream of privilege; from individual liberty to ruthless competition; from industrial progress to the abandonment of entire communities; from Jim Crow to mass incarceration; from distraction to distraction to distraction.

VIOLENCE is a modest attempt to connect the expression of these structures
in all their complexity. 

VIOLENCE was commissioned by the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center for their 2015-16 Black Box Performance Series.

score for a r c h i p e l a g o


Photo by Jesse Fox

a r c h i p e l a g o

a r c h i p e l a g o  is a single movement work for amplified string quartet inspired by Eric K M Clark's Deprivation Music. The quartet performs the exact same score from memory, but without the practical use of their eyes and ears. This sensory deprivation is achieved through the use of blindfolds, earplugs, and over-ear headphones blasting white noise. Harmonic, melodic, formal, and spatial elements were inspired by the Fibonacci sequence. The music is measured entirely in seconds, or 60 bpm, and lasts approximately 28 minutes and 20 seconds.



Blakkr is a punk band from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eddy Kwon, guitar
Jennifer Simone, drums
Zohair Hussain, vox
Aalap Bommaraju, bass
Jarrod Welling-Cann, bass