Sunday 23 October 2022
Is electronic music the classical music of the 20th (and now the 21st) century? Perhaps this question is not as provoking anymore, as we have seen electronica transmute into various different kinds of music, serving various different purposes: experimental, dance, closer to jazz, pop music, or other genres.
Still, the term “neoclassical” has been predominantly used over the past few decades to refer to modern composers of classical music who use (or build on) electronic elements to develop their work.
Such artists are the Swiss accordion player Mario Batkovic (20/11) and the Italian multi-instrumentalist Federico Albanese (04/12), two prominent contemporary musicians and distinguished guests of the concert series Microcosmos that will be taking place at the SNFCC over the coming months.
The series will be kicked off with Suzanne Ciani (23/10), a pioneer of electronic vanguard for the past 50 years with a decisive production in both musical composition and sound design.
Three atmospheric nights at the SNFCC Lighthouse, featuring three contemporary musical geniuses who have been constantly renewing the avant-garde throughout their career, making it more accessible while also exploring the unlimited possibilities of sound.
Born in Indiana and raised in the southern suburbs of Boston, Suzanne Ciani graduated from Berkeley to become a true pioneer of electronic music for more than half a century. She has released more than 20 personal albums and composed numerous works for television, film and advertising. She has been nominated for a Grammy five times and has been dubbed “America's first female synth hero.” Still, perhaps her most significant contribution — apart from her innovative work on quadraphonic sound — is her audio design of everyday life. Ciani lent her voice and provided the sounds for the legendary pinball machine game of the ’80s Xenon, and she is the creator of the distinctive “pop ‘n’ pour” audio signature of the Coca Cola commercials. For her contribution, she was inducted in Keyboard Magazine’s Hall of Fame, alongside electronica icons such as Robert Moog and Don Buchla. In 2017, the documentary A Life in Waves about her life and artistic journey premiered on SXSW.
Watch videos of Suzanne Ciani here.
Sunday 23/10, 21.00
Advance Ticket Sales Points:
Online tickets pre-sales (Members)Online tickets pre-sales (Public)
Pre-sale for Members starts on Friday 14/10 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
Pre-sale for the public starts on Saturday 15/10 at 12.00.
General entrance €15, reduced €10
Concession tickets of €10 are available to students, people aged 65+, children and young people aged up to 18 years old, the unemployed, companions of Persons with Disabilities, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea.
On the day of the event, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)
Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567 and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.
This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.