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Listen to Electronica

My love of electronica has led me to artists who experiment and manipulate sounds. This weekend don’t miss two such performances at the Kennedy Center that are part of the DIRECT CURRENT series.

On March 16, Suzanne Ciani performs. Ciani is one of the most influential electronic composers of the last 40 years. She worked closely with visionary inventor Don Buchla in the late ’60s, devoting herself to live performance techniques for his musical instruments. These devices are controlled and played via an array of touch and pressure-sensitive surfaces.

In 2016, Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith released Sunergy, a collaboration employing Buchla synthesizers. The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. Free. No tickets required.

Haven’t seen the 1982 American experimental film “Koyaanisqatsi?” Catch its Kennedy Center premiere with the Philip Glass Ensemble along with The Washington Chorus. The two perform the score in tandem with a live screening in the Concert Hall.

Before the film at 6:30 p.m., Philip Glass reunites with filmmaker Godfrey Reggio for a rare live appearance together for a pre-concert discussion. Free with a concert ticket. Screening begins at 8 p.m. $20 to $70.

Jan Aucker lives in DC. She is a freelance writer for East City Art. She is a music enthusiast who frequents live shows keeping abreast of the current music scene.

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