Suzanne Grosvenor

Suzanne Grosvenor

Arizona

American composer-pianist Suzanne Grosvenor started performing her compositions at age eight. With an upbringing in classical music, she learned to play piano, violin, cello, clarinet and percussion with orchestras. In her 20s she wrote a Top 40 new wave, regional radio hit and in her 30s composed soundtracks for short films and documentaries. She toured the US with various music groups playing everything from blues to bluegrass and worked as a session musician in recording studios.

Suzanne’s music blends classical music from her upbringing with atmospheric music, jazz and spontaneous improvisation. She has been referred to as “the Keith Jarrett Woman” by listeners who find similarity between Grosvenor’s music and the free improvisations of Jarrett.

The event that brought Suzanne into recording hundreds of spontaneous improvisations was in the 1980s when she began hearing music from each person she meets, and people asked her to play the music she hears, live, in the moment. The ‘Sound Portraits’ became a form of therapy for listeners, often life-changing for those who experienced sudden insights in self awareness and shifts in their thinking, their dreams and emotional-physical well being. She has presented Music as Medicine and Intuitive Music workshops since the 1980s.

Intuitive sound therapy became Suzanne’s main focus for several decades. Her work is endorsed by health practitioners, counselors and psychotherapists, as well as her clients.

Suzanne’s first solo album Lantern in the Window (1984) met with success around the US and in other parts of the world. She was honored to guest on a CD alongside artists George Winston, David Lanz, William Ackerman and others.

Although she is a prolific composer, Suzanne stopped performing due to a wrist injury that prevented her from serious practice. Now, with her wrist recovering, she is working to record the backlog of compositions, soon to be released.

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When she was 10 Suzanne performed as guest piano soloist with a youth orchestra in concert and, in her teens, was guest soloist playing piano concerti with youth orchestras. At 17 she was a winner of a concerto competition. While studying with an instructor from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she was offered a scholarship to the conservatory, however, accepted a scholarship to Arizona State University where she studied in an arduous 2-year course on the evolving harmony and composition of western music.

After university, eager to experience the freedom to improvise and to write and perform her own music, Suzanne acquired her first Moog synthesizer and toured with an eclectic originals group. When her group signed with Bandolier Records, a song she wrote became a New Wave regional radio hit (1978). Her group opened in concert for acts such as the Talking Heads with David Byrne.

 

 

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