Suzanne Ciani’s Musical Odyssey – August 24, 2016

From an unusual electronic instrument to the acoustic piano and back again, Marin composer and Musician Suzanne Ciani’s career has come full circle.

Bolinas-based composer Suzanne Ciani has achieved success and earned five Grammy nominations for her New Age piano music – but her body of work goes far beyond that one category. Ciani was an early pioneer of the Buchla – an unusual electronic instrument developed here in the Bay Area in the 1960’s. Now thanks to renewed interest… and a recent music reissue…Ciani finds herself returning to her analog sounds. Katie McMurran has her story.

Two of Suzanne Ciani’s live performances from 1975 were recently released on Finders Keepers label. You can hear excerpts and see pictures of the Buchla on the North Bay Report webpage at KRCB dot org/news. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. You can comment, share and like us there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

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