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Suzanne Ciani

CountryUnited States of America

Suzanne Ciani is a composer, recording artist, and pioneer in the field of electronic music. She is best loved for her fifteen albums of original music that feature her performances in a broad array of expressions: pure electronic, solo piano, piano with orchestra, and piano with jazz ensemble. No matter the medium, Ciani’s music communicates the special intimacy, passion, and sensitivity that have become her trademark and prompted fans to buy over a million of her albums. Her music, renowned for its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities, has found a worldwide audience, and her performances include numerous benefits for humanitarian causes. She has toured throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, and Asia. Her many recognitions include five Grammy nominations for Best New Age Album, three Indie nominations and one award for Best New Age Album, and Keyboard Magazine’s “New Age Keyboardist of the Year.” In the eighties and early nineties, Ciani’s New York-based commercial production company, Ciani-Musica, Inc., was the leader in the field of sound design and TV spot scoring, creating award-winning music for a host of high profile Fortune 500 clients, including Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, and General Electric. Additionally, Ciani has the recognition of being the first woman hired to score a major Hollywood feature, scoring the Lily Tomlin feature The Incredible Shrinking Woman; the award-winning feature documentary, Mother Teresa; the feature documentary, Mother Teresa: The Legacy; as well as scoring for the TV daytime serial One Life to Live. In the early nineties Ciani relocated to northern California to concentrate on her artistic career. In 1995, she established her own record label, Seventh Wave. After many years as an artist on major labels (Atlantic Finnadar, RCA RedSeal, Private Music/Windham Hill/BMG), Ciani felt the need to own and control her own creative work. Seventh Wave has remained an exemplar of the artist-friendly independent record label since then. In addition to her fifteen albums, Ciani has published four books of original piano music through the Hal Leonard Corporation: Suzanne Ciani: New Age Piano, Suzanne Ciani: Dream Songs, Suzanne Ciani: Turning, The Best of Suzanne Ciani. Her signature composition, “The Velocity of Love,” appears in numerous anthologies of romantic music. Ciani is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Masters in Music Composition from U.C. Berkeley. EDUCATION 1970 Master of Arts in Music Composition, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California. 1968 Bachelor of Arts in Music, cum laude, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. PUBLICATIONS Albums Silver Ship -- © 2005 Musica International -- Release June 2005. Indie Award Winner. Pure Romance -- © 2003 Musica International -- Release Fall 2003. Meditations -- © 2002 Musica International -- Release Fall 2002. Pianissimo III -- © 2001 Musica International -- Release Fall 2001. Turning -- © 1999 Musica International -- Release Fall 1999. Grammy Award nominee. Indie Award nominee. Suzanne Ciani and The Wave: LIVE! -- © 1997 Musica International, Inc. -- Released 1997 Seventh Wave Productions. Indie Award nominee. Pianissimo II -- © 1996 Musica International, Inc. -- Released 1996 Seventh Wave Productions. Grammy Award nominee. Dream Suite -- © 1994 Musica International, Inc. -- Released 1994 Seventh Wave Productions. Grammy Award nominee. The Private Music of Suzanne Ciani -- © 1992 Musica International, Inc.; © 1992 Private Music/BMG -- Released 1992 Private Music/BMG. Hotel Luna -- © 1991 Musica International, Inc.; © 1991 Private Music/BMG -- Released 1991 Private Music/BMG. Grammy Award nominee. Pianissimo -- © 1990 Musica International, Inc.; © 1990 Private Music/BMG -- Released 1990 Private Music/BMG. History of My Heart -- © 1989 Musica International, Inc.; © 1989 Private Music/BMG -- Released 1989 Private Music/BMG.

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