An immersive night of sound + light honoring 40 years of Seven Waves
Saturday, February 24, 2024
7pm (doors) 8pm (performance)
with Celia Hollander
presented with Noise Pop Festival + Synth News
Join Reflections for an evening with legendary synth composer Suzanne Ciani. Presented live in quadraphonic sound, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of her electro-romantic breakthrough album Seven Waves, a masterpiece of new age sensuality.
Suzanne will explore themes and sequences from the album’s original stems while improvising live on the Buchla 200e modular synth. Celia Hollander opens with an ambient set, all paired with an immersive light experience bathing the walls of this historic cathedral 🌊
Ethereal, meditative, and deeply romantic, Seven Waves was first released in the US in 1984 through Atlantic Records.
It breathes. It sings. It flows like water. Impeccably engineered and produced by Suzanne, the album infuses melodic – even pop! – sensibilities into the mix. And as one of the first recordings to prominently feature the (then-new) Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, Seven Waves occupies a space with Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “1000 Knives” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” It reveals technology’s emotional potential, infused with the divine feminine, an ambient odyssey that flows into our collective future.
A five-time Grammy award-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist, Suzanne has released over 20 solo albums including The Velocity of Love, Flowers of Evil, and her landmark LIVE Quadraphonic, which restarted her Buchla modular performances.
In the 1980s, her commercial production company, Ciani-Musica, Inc., was the leader in the field of sound design and TV spot scoring. She provided the voice and sounds for Bally's groundbreaking "Xenon" pinball machine, created Coca-Cola’s pop-and-pour sound, and carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world. A Life in Waves, a documentary about Ciani’s life and work, debuted at SXSW in 2017.
Ciani is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Masters in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley.
Based in Los Angeles, composer and artist Celia Hollander works with audio, scores, performance, installation and text. Her work critically engages ways that audio and the act of listening can shape temporal perception and cultivate social connection.
Her discography includes releases on Leaving Records, Recital, and Noumenal Loom; she is a resident dj on Dublab Radio. She studied experimental sound practices and composition at California Institute of the Arts, where she currently teaches a class titled Acoustics for Musicians.
Nestled in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, Grace Cathedral was designed by architect Lewis Hobart in the French Gothic style and is the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the nation. The use of raw concrete and steel for the cathedral fabric is daring and unusual, but the 1906 earthquake made structural strength necessary. The building is an ADA accessible space.
1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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