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Suzanne Ciani



Biography

Suzanne is a five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist whose work has been featured in countless commercials, video games, and feature films. Over the course of her 30+ year career, she's released 15 solo albums, including "Seven Waves," "The Velocity of Love," and most recently, the live electronic album retrospective, "Buchla Concerts 1975." She's been recognized as Keyboard Magazine's "New Age Keyboardist of the Year," provided the voice and sounds for Bally's groundbreaking "Xenon" pinball machine, received the 2017 Moog Innovation Award, played concerts all over the globe, and carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world.

Ciani is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Masters in Music composition from the University of California at Berkeley.  A Life in Waves, a documentary about Ciani’s life and work by filmmakers Brett Whitcomb and Bradford Thomason, debuted at SXSW in March.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/16/2018: DIRECT CURRENT: DCDIT presents Suzanne Ciani

Suzanne Ciani worked closely with inventor and visionary Don Buchla in the late 1960s and dedicated herself to live quadraphonic performance techniques for his electronic music instrument. Today, in the renaissance of interest in analog modular, she takes us on a musical journey based on her historic work.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. For more information on the season, please click HERE.

Suzanne Ciani