Suzanne Ciani in Concert
This concert will be preceded by a free public conversation with Suzanne Ciani and curator Kelsey Halliday Johnson at 5pm.
Join us at International House for the first program of a special two-day engagement in Philadelphia with legendary Buchla synthesizer and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani as part of the project Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985) co-presented with the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Music's 2017 series MUSICA PRACTICA / ELETTRONICA VIVA and Ars Nova Workshop. This performance will mark her Philadelphia debut and a rare return to the instrument she helped define and innovate, the Buchla modular synthesizer.
The two-day engagement will offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience both Ciani's Buchla synthesizer and piano compositions — the first time a dual program has been presented in her 40-year career. Ciani's 5pm conversation at International House Philadelphia will include a preview clip of the film A Life in Waves, formally debuting at South by Southwest this year. Ciani's piano performance will take place on Thursday, March 30 at Painted Bride Art Center.
Suzanne Ciani is a composer, neo-classical recording artist, and widely celebrated as one of the most significant early voices in electronic music. Ciani released 15 solo albums and produced some of the most iconic sounds with her production company Ciani-Musica, Inc. for a generation of commercials, video games, pinball machines, and film programs. Her many recognitions include five Grammy nominations and Keyboard Magazine’s “New Age Keyboardist of the Year.” In 2016 alone, Ciani performed at Moog Fest, the Moving Sounds Festival (her first New York solo performance since 1975), the Machines in Music Festival, and was the subject of a feature documentary, A Life in Waves.
Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985) surveys a generation of pioneering female cultural practitioners in new media and the technology innovators who helped shape the information age. The exhibition project will be on view at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts from August 14-September 30, 2017 with a fully illustrated publication and screenings that will be held at International House Philadelphia in September and October of 2017.
Major Support for Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985) has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; additional support for the Suzanne Ciani program has been provided by The University of Pennsylvania Department of Music. Special thanks to International House Philadelphia, Ars Nova Workshop & Painted Bride Art Center.