Q & A with Jason Vinluan
When did you start?
My Mom signed me up for lessons at age 4. She forced an hour of practice a day, because “lessons are expensive.” I began enjoying the violin in High School- I had a big crush on my orchestra stand partner.
What do you hope to achieve through the Kollaboration experience?
I feel it’s important to network with talented local Asians. I gain so much inspiration from their stories and gifts. Also, as an electric violinist, it’s rare to have an outlet to showcase my original music.
On a day off, you can find me…
Practicing…especially days off, love seeing live music, long days at the beach, and hanging out with friends and family.
People would be surprised to learn that…
From the success of my musical career, I was able to fund and study martial arts. I attained 3 black belts (in Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, and Judo) and I have instructed at 3 different schools in Chicago.
My biggest inspirations are…
My Dad, his hard work provided a great foundation for his enormous family to establish themselves in the US. Always loved Bruce Lee for his passion and dedication. As for musicians I look up to; Jimi Hendrix for his originality and style, specific violinist I love include Jean Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith, Joshua Bell and my teacher David Yonan.
If I could perform with anybody in the world, it would be…
Newer artists….Vance Joy, Damien Rice and SIA. I would love to sit in with Bela Fleck, Herbie Handcock, and the late Prince.
Get to know Jason…
Grew up in Milwaukee, WI. However, Chicago has been my home for over 16 years.
100% Filipino. Mom and Dad moved to Milwaukee in 1973.
Find me on
I perform with the Trippin Billlies, Mer (two filipinos), Dave Tamkin Trio, and Jin and Tonic.