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.

The title of Julien Labro and Jason Vieaux's album Infusions evokes images of cross-cultural osmosis, the blurring of the lines between the colloquial and the quintessentially modern, and the day-glo rhythms of jazz fusion's '70s heyday. The story of its inception is no different.