Suzanne Ciani

Suzanne Ciani

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Suzanne began her life with music at the age of seven when her mother brought home a collection of classical albums from a neighborhood fire sale. As the third of six children in a busy suburban household near Boston, Suzanne found her own space by teaching herself to play the piano and to read music.

As an undergraduate at Wellseley College, Suzanne began dividing her time between performance and composition. She also began her fascination with technology when one of her classes took a field trip to nearby M.I.T., where a professor demonstrated his early attempts to make a computer produce the sound of a violin. Upon graduation, she went to the University of California at Berkeley to continue her studies in composition. She received her Masters Degree in composition there, but more importantly, at nearby Stanford University and Mills College, she met three of the founders of electronic music: John Chowning, Max Matthews and Don Buchla.

Suzanne became entranced with the ability to produce music with a machine, and she became a devotee of synthesizers for the next two decades. She has often joked that for at least ten years she was essentially married to her Buchla synth, and in fact she did leave the massive machine running for months at a time, programming it to compose and play endless compositions.

Suzanne believes that the synthesizer should follow its own course as an instrument, but her position ultimately lost out to those who wanted simple machines that duplicated the sounds of other instruments and had preset voices. As this change in the world of electronic music and instruments came about, Suzanne found herself returning to classical instrumentation in support of her melodies, culminating in her Grammy-nominated album for piano and orchestra, "Dream Suite." This same sensibility is evident in "Pianissimo II" and "Turning" as well.
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Suzanne Ciani Discography Tracks

Albums

Suzanne Ciani Voices Of Packaged Souls (Album) Liquid sound records Belgium 1970 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Seven Waves (Album) Finnadar Records Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani The Velocity Of Love (Album) RCA Red Seal US 1986 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Neverland (Album) Private Music Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani History Of My Heart (Album) Private Music US 1989 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Pianissimo (Album) Private Music Canada 1990 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Hotel Luna (Album) Private Music US 1991 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Dream Suite (Album) Seventh Wave (2) US 1994 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Pianissimo II (Album) Seventh Wave (2) Italy 1996 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Live! (Album) Seventh Wave (2) US 1997 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Turning (Album) Seventh Wave (2) Taiwan 1999 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Pianissimo III (Album) Seventh Wave (2) US 2001 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Silver Ship (Album) Seventh Wave (2) Spain 2005 Sell This Version
FKRMC001 Suzanne Ciani Logo Presentation Reels 1985(2xCass, Ltd, Num) Finders Keepers Records FKRMC001 UK 2012 Sell This Version
DiM009 Suzanne Ciani / Clone (11) Suzanne Ciani / Clone (11) - Logo Presentation Reel 1985 (Instrumentals) / Octabred(LP) Disposable Music DiM009 UK 2014 Sell This Version
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy (Album) Rvng Intl. US 2016 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Buchla Concerts 1975 (Album) Finders Keepers Records UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version
FKR094LP Suzanne Ciani "Help, Help, The Globolinks!"(LP, Album) Finders Keepers Records FKR094LP France 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Soundpage #47 Suzanne Ciani, Marian McPartland, Terry Riley Suzanne Ciani, Marian McPartland, Terry Riley - Keyboard Magazine(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Keyboard Magazine Soundpage #47 US 1988 Sell This Version
Soundpage #7 Suzanne Ciani, John Bowen Suzanne Ciani, John Bowen - Keyboard Magazine(Flexi, 7") Keyboard Magazine Soundpage #7 US 1988 Sell This Version
0398 Suzanne Ciani Simple Song(7", Single, Promo) BMG Ariola 0398 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
Suzanne Ciani Liberator Cache Cache UK 2014 Sell This Version
VCCW1 Jane Weaver, Andy Votel, Suzanne Ciani, Sean Canty Jane Weaver, Andy Votel, Suzanne Ciani, Sean Canty - Neotantrik Globes(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Not On Label VCCW1 UK 2015 Sell This Version
FKSP011 Suzanne Ciani Fish Music(7", S/Sided, Cle) Finders Keepers Records FKSP011 UK 2017 Sell This Version

Compilations

Michael Riesman / Suzanne Ciani / Joachim Kuhn* / Yanni (2) Michael Riesman / Suzanne Ciani / Joachim Kuhn* / Yanni (2) - Piano Two (Comp) Private Music Japan 1987 Sell This Version