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1998 through 2006

Fall 2006
photo of Suzanne sitting on pianoAn Evening with Suzanne Ciani
with featured guest,
Matt Eakle

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 8:00 PM

Merkin Concert Hall (Kaufman Center)
129 West 67th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave) New York City

Five-time Grammy-nominated composer, pianist and recording artist, Suzanne Ciani, will perform with featured guest flautist Matt Eakle (Dave Grisman Quintet) in a New York City appearance at Merkin Concert Hall. Ciani's most recent CD, Silver Ship, won this year's Indie Award for Best New Age Album.
photo of  inside Merkin Hall
Ciani is best loved for her 15 albums of original music which 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 has become her trademark and prompted fans to buy over a million of her albums


Spring 2006

Photo of Suzanne working with Roland Fantom-X Rack Synthesizer

Happy spring everyone and happy fall to those of you below the equator.
Wehave some great news to share.



Suzanne Ciani LIVE Television Appearance on QVCGraphic QVC logo
Monday, April 3rd

For the first time in her music career, Suzanne will be featured on a popular shopping cable TV channel. During her 10-minute appearance, Suzanne will talk about her artistic inspirations and reveal the personal origins ofher music. She will be playing solo piano and performing selections from two CD's:
Suzanne Ciani and the Wave: Live! and the new award-winning album, Silver Ship.

QVC will offer a two-CD value-priced package, so don't miss this opportunity to pick up new or extra copies for Mother's Day. Other recording artists such as John Tesh and Tim Janis found their success performing live on QVC.

Help Suzanne make her first appearance on QVC a success.
Call in, place an order, and share this wonderful experience directly with her on Monday, April 3rd.

If you have a high-broadband Internet connection and Widows Media Player plug-in, QVC offers a live video stream broadcast from their web site,

Photo: Borders listening station with Silver ship CD featuredSILVER SHIP at BORDERS Books and Music

During the month of March 2006, you may visit a Borders store in the US to listen to Suzanne's award-winning album Silver Ship before you buy it. Borders offers this simple concept at their larger stores nationwide.

For a Borders store near you go to

Silver Ship may also be purchased from Suzanne's Online Store at

For those of you who didn't receive the Borders store e-mail announcement, you may visit

Suzanne in Concert - May 3, 2006 photo: Front of theatre

Suzanne will be performing a piano solo concert at the historic 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and students. You may order your tickets online from the link listed below.

Techies Take Note

Suzanne's success with her new album has brought the “Diva of the Diode” back into the technical spotlight of the Internet. Suzanne has appeared on legendary electronic music manufacture's websites such as Roland and Moog Music, Inc. Read the following stories about the instruments she used during the production of Silver Ship.

The Roland Fantom-X Rack Synthesizer

The Moog PianoBar

The Universal UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins and click on the WebZine button. Suzanne will be the featured artist in the April issue of Universal Audio online magazine.


Winter 2005

5th Annual Independent Music Awards®

We are pleased to announce that Suzanne Ciani's new release, Silver Ship, has WON Best New Age Album in the 5th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Winners are selected from thousands of submissions from around the world, representing the growing presence of the independent music community. The IMA awards give heightened visibility to artists who work without the benefit of the marketing power of major labels.

Suzanne Ciani chose to become independent in 1994, after many years signed to a major label, BMG, now Sony/BMG. Five of her masters are still owned by this major label. By choosing to become independent and start her own record label, Seventh Wave, Ciani is able to maintain ownership of her recordings.

“It is a great honor to win this award,” says Ciani. “I have been nominated 5 times for a Grammy in the past, but the distance between independents and majors has been growing and it is more and more difficult to amass the votes for a Grammy without the voting blocks that major labels have.”

Established in 1999 by Music Resource Group, the Independent Music Awards continues to highlight the best music and graphic designs produced by and for Indie artists.

This year’s judging panelists included such distinguished artists and industry professionals as Norah Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Joe Perry, Bill Wyman, and George Clinton.
All winners can be viewed and heard at

A music web site in Spain mentions about Suzanne's achievement.

CLICK HERE to buy Suzanne's Silver Ship today.

AND check out these reviews!
"Silver Ship allows us to take a new course to a familiar and yet, all too elusive destination of beauty and passion."
Rating: Excellent -5 star rating
reviewed by RJ Lannan on 9/29/2005

"Ciani's been at the top of her craft since Velocity of Love in 1984. The crystalline Silver Ship floats there, too."
Johnny Loftus, All Music Guide - ALLMUSIC.COM

"Silver Ship earns my highest recommendation and is unquestionably one of the best recordings that will be released this year."
Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire REVIEW

"Silver Ship
gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, without another moments' thought!"
Issue # 75, October, 2005

Silver Ship: the worst thing you can say about a Ciani record is that it’s good, and this is way better than good.”
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher - Midwest Music Recap  

Suzanne's Fall Tour Highlights
Ciani after concert in Madrid
Suzanne performed several concerts in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain from November 14th through the 19th. The concerts were very well attended. There was a fan who came from South Africa. Here's a photo of Suzanne with Promoter Enrique Santamaria of Anima Music and Michel Huygen of Neuronium Records after a concert in Madrid..Click the photo for a larger view.

Francisco M. López Herrero of Spain reported to us that Suzanne's music was on the"La Otra Orilla Radio Show."
You may view the playlist at:

Suzanne took a break from her tour to perform a special piano solo concert at the Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Italy. Click on the photo for a closer view.

The piano at St. CeciliaIt was AWESOME. And did you know that St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians? It was very special indeed to be able to perform there. They do not allow any "commercial" concerts and as this was a high profle benefit, with the ambassador from Pakistan and many other notables, we were allowed. Very very special. - Suzanne Ciani

A Rome News web site posted a story about Suzanne's special concert.


Summer 2005

Silver Ship
by five-time Grammy® nominee


Ciani fans have waited 5 years for this all-new release. 10 original compositions to enchant and move you. A synthesis of both Ciani’s classical acoustic and electronic roots, Silver Ship represents her ultimate maturity as an artist.

Performers include members of Ciani’s group, The Wave, as seen on PBS: Paul McCandless (of Oregon and Bela Fleck) on reeds, flautist Matt Eakle (of the Dave Grisman Quintet), Teja Bell on guitars, and fretless bassist extraordinaire, Michael Manring.

Come aboard Ciani’s Silver Ship and let Suzanne take you to the mystical places of her imagination, where emotions run as high and deep as the seas.

Enjoy the virtuosity of Paul McCandless on the rhythmic "Wine Dark Sea," the exhilarating "Open Seas," the deep sadness of "Sargasso Sea," the grandeur of "Eclipse," the poignancy of "For Lise," the joy of "Capri," the Italian passion of "Stromboli," the sonic charm of "Snow Crystals" and the ultimate serenity of the "Silver Ship" lullaby.
An audiophile CD, recorded at 192Khz/24bit resolution - the highest possible quality.


Winter 2004

Suzanne, the music angel is standing in front of a Christmas Tree.

CD Baby features A Very Green Christmas album

CD Baby is one of the best online store websites that features a large selection of albums done by independent artists. When Derek Sivers, President of CD Baby listened to Suzanne’s A Very Green Christmas album, Derek made the following statement:

“I love your "A Very Green Christmas" CD so much, I'm going to feature it on the FRONT PAGE of CD Baby for a few days. We're REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 new albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 30,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard.”

Derek also posted the following review on the CD Baby website:

“If new age is among your favorite genres, here is the perfect seasonal album, compiling music from world renownded artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Michael Manring, Paul McCandless, Alex de Grassi, Georgia Kelly, Matt Eakle, James Asher, Spencer Brewer, Ira Stein and more. Painting soft backdrops and relaxing atmospheres, this album brings you a gentle, grounded Christmas experience. A definite must for any new age fan.”

Be sure you visit

Think Suzanne’s Website, Think Simple Song.

“To make a wonderful website very successful, you need to create a web address name that everyone could remember.”
– The Webmaster of Seventh Wave

As most of you know, Simple Song was a name of a nice composition that appeared on Suzanne’s Hotel Luna album many years ago. Today, Simple Song is also another unique way to access her website.

Not only you could visit Suzanne’s website by typing,, or, you may now type

Go Gently Media Project captures Global Spotlight

Our webmaster, Larry does have many special talents. One of them is creating presentations that require sound and image synchronization. His most difficult project occurred last summer. Larry lost his father to congestive heart failure. Instead of doing a collage of photographs on a sheet of poster board, he wanted to remember his father by creating a unique emotional multimedia tribute.

The tribute not only feature photographs of Larry’s father that dates back to the early twenties, but it also features Suzanne’s beloved song, “Go Gently.”

You may read the “behind the scenes” account as well as viewing the presentation at:


Fall 2003
Pure Romance Photo

Suzanne's NEW Album

5-time Grammy nominee, composer/pianist Suzanne Ciani is the quintessential romantic and here she takes you to an inner world of beauty, peace and passion that both transports and heals in this classically-inspired contemporary collection.

There are few composer/performers who are innovative in both hi-tech and acoustic expressions, and Ciani is one of these few. In her new album, Pure Romance, the famed “Diva of the Diode,” shows her “unplugged” artistry in this stunning collection of her most romantic compositions. Pure Romance is now available at the Seventh Wave Online Shoppe and at Borders and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Mother Teresa PhotoSuzanne Composed Score for NEW Mother Teresa Feature-length Documentary,
Mother Teresa:The Legacy

Article written by Suzanne Ciani

I have had the honor of composing the score for two feature-length documentary films about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. On the occasion of her beatification in Rome this October, there will be a premiere presentation of the new film, Mother Teresa: The Legacy, by Ann and Jeanette Petrie, in the Vatican.

The movie documents the passing of Mother, her funeral, and communicates her teachings, as spoken by Mother herself, for posterity.

The first film by the Petrie sisters was the award-winning Mother Teresa, released in 1988, the main theme song of which was included in my Grammy-nominated Neverland album of that same year. There is also a piano version of the song on Pianissimo II.

I remember meeting Mother in New York City: she was full of energy, very bright, warm and quick-witted. She said, "Use your gift for God." And so I am honored to have had the privilege of finding musical inspiration in this profound human being.

A Footnote - The beatification of a Roman Catholic nun, Mother Teresa will happen on October 19th in Vatican City. Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa died Sept. 5, 1997, in India, where she spent most of her life caring for the poorest of the poor in Calcutta's slums.

Small picture of Suzanne wearing a red dressSolo Piano Concert in Mexico
November 15, 2003

Suzanne will perform a piano solo concert on November 15th, 2003, in Aguascalientes, Mexico at the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (

Handbell Group Photo
Timeless Bells
We have heard Suzanne's music performed on various keyboard and string instruments. But did you ever hear Suzanne's music performed by a handbell choir?

Album PhotoKath Wissinger composes for and directs youth handbells at Massanutten Presbyterian Church in Penn Laird, Virginia, USA. Her advanced teen bell choir, "Touch of Jesus," premiered two of her arrangements of Suzanne Ciani pieces, "Timeless" and "La Mer," the latter with flute solo. Both pieces are played by 13 ringers on 5 octaves of Malmark handbells and Malmark ChoirChimes. Both of Suzanne's songs are featured on a CD recorded in 2001 called, "Ring Around the Moon." 

" La Mer" handbell scores are available from Above the Line publishing. The master packet includes the 5 octave (Level 4/5) handbell score, the optional flute solo, and an optional Level 1 Choir II score for 1-5 oct. of chimes or bells. Hear a sample of La Mar at

For more information regarding purchasing the CD, you may contact Kath Wissinger viea e-mail at

Analog Days PictureIn Her Own Words
By Suzanne Ciani

I was interviewed for a book called Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, written by Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco and published by Harvard University Press. It is a wonderful book that really vaptures the excitement of the early days of electronic music.To learn more about this publication, visit

Book cover art of Electronic Music PioneersI was also interviewed for another book called Electronic Music Pioneers by Ben Kettlewell. A photo of me playing my Buchla is on the front cover, but no photo credit was listed. Electronic Music Pioneers gives comprehensive insight into the historical context of the explorers of electronic music to show how the music and the instruments evolved to open up new, exciting horizons of music creation, inspiring generations to come. It was published in 2002 and contains 286 pages. You may learn more about this book at

Verizon LogoIn a nod to my old days on Madison Avenue, I created a newcorporate logo for Verizon this year. The logo is about 3 seconds long and accompanies the visual logo of Verizon and can be seen ubiquitously on their television ads. Can you hear me now? Click here to find out.

Suzanne sitting pretty on a boat
The sea has always been an inspiration to me, from my first album, Seven Waves, onward. And now I've decided to get to know it from another perspective: I've taken up sailing and am now certified to handle up to a 34-foot boat. Let's see what inspiration this provides. Right off, I notice how three-dimensional sailing is, with winds and currents and tides all dancing in the mix. It is a wonderful metaphor for life.

A Big Wave of Thanks
During the month of March 2003, Suzanne's web site and online store was experiencing problems with its previous web host, In April of 2003, Suzanne and her staff of Seventh Wave decided to move her web site and online store to a new web host called MacDock.

Ciani fans will have a safe online shopping experience because MacDock uses Apple Macintosh servers. They are less likely to get viruses (like Blaster and SoBig) compared to other companies that use Windows-based servers. We would like to thank Mike Yrabedra of MacDock for helping our webmaster get Suzanne's web site and online store up and running. For more information regarding MacDock web hosting services, go to


Spring 2002

Echoes logo
Suzanne will be featured on "Echoes" Radio Broadcast

Suzanne will be featured on the Living Room Concert Series called "Echoes" produced by John Diliberto for National Public Radio and broadcast on 170 stations across the country. John will come to her studio and record both an interview and performances of several solo piano pieces. You may visit their website at
Stay tuned!

Ciani Honored With MacDirectory Ten AwardMacDirectory magazine

The MacDirectory Ten showcases the individuals and companies that best embody thespirit of the Mac community in any given year. These top ten are chosen by the publication's staff and readers of MacDirectory magazine (

Past winners include Macromedia CEO Rob Burgess, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen, and Apple II creator Steve Wozniak. This year, the innovative composer/recording artist, Suzanne Ciani, was voted one of the ten.

As most of you know, Suzanne uses Macintosh Computers for music recording and artwork. Her web site was restored with Macintosh.

Suzanne Ciani and the Wave, LIVE! Video NOW Available

If you missed Suzanne's LIVE PBS broadcast, don't be sad. Her video is now available at SWOS for $19.99. Spend an enchanting evening with Suzanne Ciani and her instrumental supergroup, The Wave. Not only will you spend some time with Suzanne on stage, you'll also get to share some behind-the-scenes insight of her music at her seaside home studio.

Recent broadcasts of the Suzanne Ciani and the Wave: Live! video have included:
KCSM in San Mateo, KQED in San Francisco, WGBH in Boston, WKMJ in Lexington, Kentucky, KET in Frankfort, Kentucky, and WPBT in Miami. And more to come!!
Stay tuned.

Visit Suzanne's Online Store and make a date with Suzanne Ciani and the Wave: LIVE! Video for $19.99. Quantities are limited. While you're over there, you can also buy the companion CD, Suzanne Ciani and the Wave: LIVE!



Photo of Suzanne holding up her hands after finishing a song from her live concert.SAN FRANCISCO -- September 18, 2001 --


Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Herbst Theatre, this concert video commemorates Suzanne’s first live recording and features her on piano and keyboards accompanied by a stellar group of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, for which she arranged some of her most memorable compositions.

A five-time Grammy nominee, Suzanne is a composer, recording artist and pioneer in the field of electronic music. She is best loved for her eleven albums of original music which feature her performances in a broad array of expressions: pure electronic, solo piano, piano with orchestra, and piano with jazz ensemble. Her classically-inspired music, renowned for its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities, has found an international audience and has sold over a million copies.

Ciani’s hand-picked ensemble, The Wave, features Grammy-winner Paul McCandless on woodwinds. A founding member of the legendary jazz group Oregon, Paul is universally regarded as the finest improvisational oboe player in the world.

Michael Manring is featured on bass and, along with Paul, was a solo recording artist on Windham Hill Jazz. Matt Eakle of the David Grisman Quintet plays flutes and brings his consumate classical sensitivity and jazz energy to the music.

Other well-known Bay Area musicians include Teja Bell on guitar, Jeremy Cohen on violin and Doug Harmon on cello. Kalani, best known as the feature percussion player on Yanni’s Live at the Acropolis special, hails from Los Angeles.

Ciani is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Masters in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley. Her New York-based commercial production company, Ciani-Musica, Inc. was the leader in the field of sound design and TV spot scoring in the 80’s, creating award-winning music for Fortune 500 clients, including Coca-Cola, AT&T, General Electric, and Merrill Lynch. Her feature film scores include The Incredible Shrinking Woman and Mother Teresa.

Ciani will release her twelfth CD, Pianissimo III in November, 2001.

For more info, see or call KCSM at (650) 524-6927



SAN FRANCISCO -- January 5, 2000 -- TURNING, the most recent release from Bay Area composer and recording artist Suzanne Ciani, was nominated today for the Best New Age Album Grammy¨ of 1999 by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. It is Cianiâs fifth such nomination, having previously enjoyed nominations for her albums Pianissimo II (1997), Dream Suite (1995), Hotel Luna (1991) and Neverland (1988). Turning, which includes 12 new compositions, features Cianiâs signature piano playing wrapped in the instrumentation of The Wave ensemble. The title song is sung by Asian superstar Chyi-yu.

"'I'm very honored to be chosen by the Academy," said Ciani. "For independent record producers such as myself, achieving a nomination in todayâs highly competitive music environment is particularly gratifying. Much of this album grew out of my experiences touring with The Wave in Asia and Spain, and I am indebted to the brilliant musicanship of this group: Paul McCandless (oboe), Michael Manring (bass), Matt Eackle (flute), and Teja Bell (guitar)."

Ciani began her independent label, Seventh Wave Productions, a little over five years ago with her husband, entertainment attorney Joe Anderson. She says, "After a bout with breast cancer, I decided to leave New York, leave my lucrative sound design company, leave BMG, and go for my dream. It has worked out even better than I dreamed, and this nomination is a wonderful validation of that decision."



SAN FRANCISCO: June 10, 1999 --, the worldâs first full screen full motion video-on-demand service, will exclusively deliver the hour long concert video Suzanne Ciani and The Wave:ÊLIVE! to consumers worldwide via the Internet. Anyone with a connection to the Internet and a television will be able to receive Suzanneâs acclaimed concert video from the site as a demonstration of the power of the site and its ability in the near future to deliver tens of thousands of movies and other programs to Internet users the world over. Download time is dependent on modem and connection speed as well as on computer power. Individuals with DSL or other broadband connections will be able to view the video fairly quickly, whereas slower modems may require overnight.

Ciani has long been at the forefront of technology in music, so it is no surprise that her work is the first to be delivered in this fashion. Cianiâs fans have been able to see snippets of video and hear her music at her website for years, but this partnership with is the first opportunity for anyone to receive full screen full motion broadcast quality video via the Internet. ãI couldnât be more excited to be chosen for this historic broadcast, and I look forward to all the opportunities the Internet will bring to communicate my music in new and exciting ways.ä

In addition to the July Internet release of the Suzanne Ciani and The Wave:ÊLIVE! video, Cianiâs eleventh album, Turning, will be in stores September 14, 1999. It is an all new studio album of all new compositions composed and recorded in her new Northern California studio. Ciani is spending the summer in France and Italy, always a sure sign that new compositions are not long away.


SAN FRANCISCO: August 1, 1999 -- On September 14, 1999, Suzanne Ciani will release her eleventh album on her own Seventh Wave label, via Allegro Corporation. The new album, entitled Turning, is Ciani's first all-new studio album of all-new compositions since 1995's Grammy¨ nominated Dream Suite. A four time Grammy¨ nominee, Ciani is coming off a particularly successful run, following up Dream Suite with a Grammy¨ nominated solo piano album in 1997, Pianissimo II, and 1998's Suzanne Ciani and The Wave: LIVE!, which was nominated for an "Indie" award. Turning was recorded in Ciani's own Ocean Avenue Studio.

Turning marks the continuation of Cianiâs collaboration with members of her all-star band "The Wave," including such instrumental luminaries as Paul McCandless of Oregon and the Bela Fleck band, Matt Eakle of The David Grisman Quartet, bass legend Michael Manring, and guitarist Teja Bell. She is also joined by master violinist Steve Kindler and cellist Joe Hanbspbert. The album marks a departure from her traditional work as well, however, as the title track of the album is the first Ciani tune based around lyrics and vocals.

Last year while touring Asia, Ciani met Taiwanese pop superstar (and frequent L.A. resident) Chyi-Yu, whose ethereal vocal style suddenly clicked with Cianiâs romantic sense of melody. Within days Ciani had penned her first lyrics, a haunting reflection on the stages, twists, and turns of relationships. With Chyi-Yu's expression of both pain and hopefulness, "Turning" is undoubtedly Ciani's most radio friendly track since "The Velocity of Love." Turning promises to be popular with long-time Ciani fans as well as those new to her music.



San Francisco -- March 17, 1998
Following up on back-to-back Grammy nominations for Pianissimo II and Dream Suite, four time Grammy-nominated pianist Suzanne Ciani's newest release, SUZANNE CIANI AND THE WAVE: LIVE!, was recently nominated for an Association for Independent Music (AFIM, formerly NAIRD) "Indie" Award as the Best New Age Album of 1997. AFIM is the largest American trade organization of independently distributed record companies (those companies not distributed by one of the six "Majors": Sony, BMG, EMI, Polygram, MCA, and WEA). This is Ciani's first "Indie" nomination. No independently distributed New Age albums were nominated for Grammys this year, and last year, Ciani's Pianissimo II was the only independent nominee.

The Wave was specially formed by Ciani last year for purposes of recording and releasing her first ever live recording, and it constitutes a veritable supergroup of instrumental musicians. Featured players 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. The concert was also filmed for television and has recently begun airing in select markets around the country on PBS.


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