Lucia Hwong's music contains an outstanding amount of energy, somewhat tinged with minimalist Western influences, in a perfect fusion with her peculiar homage to her ancestral Chinese roots.

Composer Lucia Hwong makes a kind of music which in a way can be said to belong to the school created by Kitaro. Born in Hawaii, although settled in Los Angeles, she is an intimist composer who has also been an actress and dancer. The daughter of internationally famous actress Lisa Lu, and the granddaughter of a great diva of the Chinese opera, Lucia would be raised in a remarkably artistic environment from an early age. Brought up in the ancestral Chinese music, theatre and dance, Lucia was to continue with the family tradition in the arts, taught by the best professors, like for instance Henry Miller, a good family friend, who helps her develop her creativity in such a way that it pours out in her live performances. Lucia learns to trust her imagination, going to the outermost limits, no matter where this will lead her to.

The artist specializes in Arts at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and then moves to New York to pursue postgraduate studies in ethnomusicology at the Columbia University. Hwong doctorates in music, having chosen as her doctorate topic the operas by Philip Glass, which allows her to contact this well known minimalist composer. With him she also learns the art of making business in the musical arena. 

Lucia Hwong's music contains an outstanding amount of energy, somewhat tinged with minimalist Western influences that remind the listener of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and maybe Philip Glass himself, in a perfect fusion with her peculiar homage to her ancestral Chinese roots. Her music does not lack, in the opinion of some experts, a certain dose of female eroticism, which might be reflected in her multiple textures which alternate with soft images of an almost pastoral character, and that in actual fact shape her personal dual nature. No wonder Philip Glass himself has commented, with respect to her album "House of Sleeping Beauties", released by the label Private Music, that Lucia Hwong is a young representative of the dual tradition that does not limit herself to borrowing from one culture or to integrating the sounds of the other, but rather, she succeeds in achieving a melting of the Eastern and Western cultures which turns out to be truly refreshing and innovative, charming and evoking as well. 

Lucia is commissioned the soundtrack for a documentary series on Asia, which was to be broadcast on television. The artist decides to visit the Tibet because of this, in search for the necessary inspiration that would allow her to create the best music to this end. Her efforts lead her to release her first album, which consists in two themes. The first one, called "Tibet Suite", is her most outstanding example of the fusion of musical styles, namely the Eastern and the Western traditions, in such a way that the folkloric music of her cultural heritage meets jazz in a classicism of an exquisite make, where both styles are mutually complemented, and where the acoustic instruments are adequately coupled with the synthesizers she uses. The second piece is more clearly jazzy.

In her second album, "Secret Luminiscence", Hwong makes a masterly fusion of electronic technology and the music of the Far East, by means of the Chinese lute, an instrument she learned to play in her early childhood, and the electronic keyboards, which reproduce ethereal timbres evoking an unearthly universe, all this tinged by her sensual breathing, slow, deep, as she combines this with the Celtic harp played by Alan Stivell, who also incorporates soft textures to the whole. Besides those works, Hwong produces some videoclips. 

The choreographic style of her compositions, always aimed at awakening the imagination of the listener and exploring the different avantgarde trends, contribute to giving her music this special air, and it is precisely this global harmony that pervades her works what the artist has intended to incorporate to her creations.


Essential recordings:
House of Sleeping Beauties
Secret Luminiscence
Goddess Awakening Vol. 1
Goddess Celestial Realms Vol. 2
Goddess Mystical Visions Vol. 3

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