Cynthia Zaven is a pianist and artist based in Beirut. She has performed in various venues for contemporary and improvised music in solo shows as well as in collaboration with musicians such as Nils Økland, Axel Dorner and Ernesto Rodrigues. In 2002, she took part in the Klangturm project, a 72-channel electroacoustic concert with Andres Bosshard inside a purpose-designed sound tower in Biel, Switzerland.
Her solo projects combine a variety of media including video, photography, performance and the use of archive material to explore the relationship between sound, memory and identity through interwoven narratives. Her works include Untuned Piano Concerto With Delhi Traffic Orchestra (performance, 2006), Octophonic Diary (8 channel sound installation, 2009), Dear Victoria (video, 2011) and more recently, Perpetuum Mobile, a 12 channel sound installation that was exhibited within the epic temple of Bacchus, in the World Heritage site of Baalbeck and nominated for the Ars Electronica Prize 2017.
Since 1993, Zaven has also created sound designs for theater, performance, dance, visual art, and conceptual art projects, and composed scores for award-winning films that have been screened at festivals worldwide including Cannes, Locarno, Toronto, Edinburgh, Sao Paolo, as well as IDFA, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Videobrasil, the Bern Kunstmuseum, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Oxford's Museum of Modern Art.
Her music has been published by the Berlin based label, Staalplaat.
She is currently a professor of piano at the Higher National Conservatory of Music in Beirut.
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