Suzanne Ciani’s Musical Odyssey

Aug 23, 2016

Suzanne Ciani at the Buchla 200 in the 1970s.
Credit Courtesy of Suzanne Ciani

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 electronic sounds. Katie McMurran has her story.

Ciani made the recording below  in Paris in 1971.