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About the Artist

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, two Indie nominations for Best New Age Album, numerous Clios, a Golden Globe, 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 scored 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 three books of original piano music through the Hal Leonard Corporation: Suzanne Ciani: New Age Piano, Suzanne Ciani: Dream Songs, and Suzanne Ciani: Turning. 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.


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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Seventh Wave
  • ASIN: B000003M2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Suzanne Ciani is one of my all-time favorite composers and musicians.
Kathy Parsons
She was the "Diva of Electronic Music" from her expressive works in electronic music.
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Thereafter, I kept hearing the same music every time I had to fly through AA.
Ed

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lklug7@aol.com on May 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Suzanne Ciani reached another goal in her recording career. On March 14 and 15 of 1997, Suzanne and her supergroup of musicians called "The Wave," produced their first live concert album at the historical, Herbst Theater in San Francisco.
Featured players of the Wave include Grammy- winning woodwind player Paul McCandless (a founding member of the seminal jazz group Oregon), Windham Hill solo artist Michael Manring on bass, Teja Bell on guitars, Kalani on percussion, Matt Eakle on flute, Jeremy Cohen on violin, and Doug Harman on cello.
This album presents a tapestry of beautiful arrangements of her favorite songs. It has that "lite jazz" flavor. In addition, there are three new songs written especially for this album.
I have many favorite songs, but there are some that I should share with you.
Suzanne's signature song, "The Velocity of Love" is a very passionate arrangement.
"Go Gently" and "Time Stops" is what I would classify as "songs of comfort." It feels that her music embraces you when faced with difficult times in your life.
Again, all of her songs present a lot of imagery. The liner notes are well presented. The audio quality is very well done. You may want to play around with the Dolby Surround settings on your stereo system to capture that live concert feeling.
Suzanne was the "Diva of the Diode" from her gifted talents on the Piano at an early age. She was the "Diva of Electronic Music" from her expressive works in electronic music. After listening to Ciani's "Live" album, she is the "Diva of Endurance" because her music withstood the test of time. This album is a living proof of her achievements in music.
Purchase "Suzanne Ciani and the Wave - Live," and let her music embrace you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2001
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Suzanne Ciani is one of my all-time favorite composers and musicians. It was very exciting to be able to attend one of two concerts she did in San Francisco in March 1997 with her hand-picked super-group, The Wave (Paul McCandless, Teja Bell, Matt Eakle, Michael Manring, Kalani, Jeremy Cohen, and Doug Harman). These concerts were the setting for Suzanne's first-ever live album and DVD. At the concert itself, I was surprised that such phenomenal musicians were using sheet music, and commented in my review of the concert (in the first issue of Wind and Wire) that it seemed too controlled. Suzanne told me later that she was following the classical tradition of keeping the music as written, and feels that too much improvisation in her music takes the backbone out of it. Her vision was certainly clear and absolutely correct when it came to the recorded version of the concerts. This album is gorgeous! Contents-wise, this is a wonderful overview of Suzanne's many composing styles, and the live performance gives each song a fresh take. There are electronic elements in several of the pieces, most especially "Samukee" and "Mosaic", which keep them true to their original form, but the live instrumentation makes them much warmer. Old favorites such as "Neverland", "Eagle", "The Velocity of Love", "Hotel Luna", and "Anthem" all take on a new life with Matt Eakle's soaring flute and Paul McCandless' variety of wind instruments, as well as the other artists' strings and percussion. The three new songs on the album, "Butterflies", "Stream", and "Folk Dance" indicate that Suzanne is continuing to evolve in new directions. Her more recent work seems to me to be somewhat more complex and classical, but still continues in her own melodic and soothing style.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed on January 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Suzanne Ciani in an American Airlines aircraft before taking off. Thereafter, I kept hearing the same music every time I had to fly through AA. I only knew that I enjoyed the music very much and it made me feel very relaxed notwithstanding my fear of flying. I always wondered who the artist was but never asked. It was not until an evening that I watched a Suzanne Ciani recorded live concert on PBS that I recognized the music and ever since she has become one of my favorite musicians. Suzanne Ciani is passionate and talented. Her group of musicians "The Wave" is simply outstanding. The melodies included in this album are really so beautiful and amazing that you want to listen again and again. The music on this CD is uplifting, soothing, inspiring and comforting. It really gets to your inner feelings. I highly recommend this album. It is simply good music for any occasion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A long time ago on a planet far, far away, this reviewer thought Suzanne Ciani was a somewhat hokey composer for the synthesizer. Part of this comes from my general dislike of electronic choral and string 'background' music. Then, one day, I tripped over her Pianissimo II album and I suddenly realized that Ciani was an extremely talented acoustic pianist. This left me with the task of catching up as fast as I could afford it and I've finally arrived here, at Ciani's first album of ensemble work.

And this is no small time ensemble - Paul McCandless from the group Oregon, Matt Eakle from the David Grisman Quartet, Michael Manring on bass, guitarist Teja Bell, violinist Steve Kindler, Kalani on percussion, Doug Harman and

Jeremy Cohen on cello and violin all make their appearances here under the name of The Wave (waves are some of Ciani's favorite things). This is pretty close to a 'soft jazz' dream group and we get to listen in to 72 minutes of live performance in what is a first for Ciani.

Their work is consistently excellent. My favorites are cuts like Sailing to Byzantium that feature Paul McCandless who is a woodwind genius. But Matt Eakle does a great job on flute, especially on Go Gently. The album title is a bit misleading, Ciani does her share (listen to Butterflies - carefully), but she doesn't insist on being the star. These musicians work together beautifully, swapping musical lines and adding rich complexity to the haunting melodies.

Enough said. Unless you absolutely can't stand new age music or soft jazz you are going to love this album as soon as you hear it. And you are going to play it a lot.
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