The Haiga Duo is an idiosyncratic combination of Eric Hollander on viola and Jason Chen on accordion. Their songs range from long elegiac instrumentals to accompanied spoken word pieces informed by Hollander's interest in literature and poetry. The duo takes its name from a minimalist style of Japanese painting intended to accompany haiku.
The unique collaboration began seven years ago in Boston. Although Chen's original focus was piano, logistical difficulties led to him to experiment.