Jul 27 2017 — Jul 30 2017
Global Sounds on Screen
dir. Brett Whitcomb
A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani.

If you watched television, went to the movies, or listened to the radio in the 1980s and 1990s, you’ve heard Ciani’s work, whether you knew it or not. From her earliest days learning the piano, to her multimillion-dollar advertising ventures, to her recent reconnection with her beloved Buchla synthesizer, the film is a deep dive into the life and work of America’s first female synth hero. (2017, 75 min, digital)

*Q&A with Suzanne Ciani at Jul 27 screening

Ticket Info

Regular Admission: $10

Student, Senior, Teacher: $9
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.

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Individual level and above: $8

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA programs in 16–17 are made possible in part by:
The James Irvine Foundation

Additional funding for YBCA programs 16–17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Lead Image: Courtesy the distributor