Hwong has a degree in ethnomusicology, experience in writing for New York dance companies and multimedia artists, and a stamp of approval from minimalist innovator Philip Glass, who has acted as her mentor to a certain extent. Her masterfully produced, electro-acoustic albums on the Private Music label are filled with ethereal yet sensual dreamscapes and breathless, rhythmic journeys through fantastic worlds. Unfortunately,Hwong disappeared from the recording scene after the release of her second album, Secret Luminescence. She resurfaced in the late nineties to release a trilogy of work including 1998's Goddess Awakening, Vol. 1, 1999's Goddess Celestial Realms, Vol. 2 and Goddess Mystical Visions, Vol. 3.
Biography by Linda Kohanov - Source: allmusic
Hwong was born in Hawaii and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her grandmother was a grande dame of Chinese opera and her mother is international actress Lisa Lu. Her first public performance was in concert, playing the pipa, an ancient Chinese lute, at the age of six. She studied ethnomusicology, theater and dance at UCLA and Columbia University.
She has chaired philanthropic events for organizations including the Women's Project, American Theatre Wing, Asia Society and Parrish Art Museum and has been on committees such as Southampton Hospital.
Her music for theater includes the scores for the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly and Tony-nominated Golden Child; as well as David Henry Hwang's New York Shakespeare Festival presentations of Sound and Beauty and The Dance and the Railroad and the Obie Award-winner FOB. She composed the music for Iago and Venus Voodoo at Lincoln Center.
Hwong also scored the Mark Taper and McCarter Theatre premieres of Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and created a 12-tone fugue for Joyce Carol Oates' The Perfectionist. Among her dance scores, Fierce Attachments debuted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. She also scored Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mindbody and created music for the Guggenheim Museum's Soho video wall.
Her music for television and film include Hiroshima (NBC), Vietnam War Story (HBO), Forbidden Nights (Tiananmen Square massacre) (ABC), Paper Angels (Angel Island) (PBS), Jennifer's in Jail (girl gangs) (Lifetime), Lotus (women's emancipation in China) (AFI), Who Killed Vincent Chin? (racial murder) (1998 Oscar nomination: Best Documentary) and Silverlake Life-the View from Here (AIDS), honored with Sundance Film Festival and Peabody awards.
Concert pieces include The Unwelcome and Rhythm of Your Pulse, commissioned and performed by the Women's Philharmonic.
Her two albums, House of Sleeping Beauties and Secret Luminescence were released on the (Private Music) label. The Goddess Trilogy CDs of new age world music were released on her own label, Goddess Music, and received a Visionary Award in 2000.
Suite, Secret Luminescences, Year of the Dragon,
Generic Actress #3, Dragon Dance, live at the Cyber