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Classics Today gives “Patterns of Plants” Top Marks

Classics Today has given “MAMORU FUJIEDA PATTERNS OF PLANTS” a perfect 10 out of 10 for artistic quality and sound quality. From the Review: “Fujieda’s Plant Patterns are tonal (or modal), but their outward, post-minimalist simplicity conceals real sophistication of technique. The pieces are built out of a few basic ideas: repetition of the initial […]

A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80

2015 is the eightieth birthday year of composer-pianist Terry Riley, who has had a profound influence on generations of composers and musicians. As a master pianist himself, he writes virtuoso pieces which encompass his wide-ranging musical pursuits, from classical music to blues to ragtime, from Indian raga to jazz. This 80th birthday milestone deserves a […]

PIANO CONCERT at Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes

Looking forward to being at the Point Reyes Dance Palace tomorrow afternoon with two extraordinary musicians, violinist Stuart Canin and cellist Gianna Abondolo. We’ll play Schubert’s Trio in B-flat major, and Stuart and I will perform Beethoven’s “Soring” Sonata and Mozart’s E-minor Sonata. It’s an honor to be playing music with them.  https://dancepalace.org/events/piano-concert-series-featuring-sarah-cahill-violinist-stuart-canin-and-cellist-gianna

Pinna Records‎ • CD Release Party and Concert

Join Pinna Records, pianist Sarah Cahill and composer Mamoru Fujieda at this special event in celebration of the release of Patterns of Plants on CD. Patterns of Plants, composed between 1996 and 2011, is Mamoru Fujieda’s magnum opus. Working with a device called the “Plantron,” the composer measures electrical fluctuations on the surface of the […]

“local pianist and badass”

- East Bay Express

Pianist, Writer, Producer

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill
 Sarah Cahill, recently called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, and Evan Ziporyn, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Ingram Marshall, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and many others.

Cahill has researched and recorded the music by the important early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for performance. Recent appearances include a concert at San Quentin of the music Henry Cowell wrote while incarcerated there, Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto with Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival. She has performed chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other chamber groups. Upcoming concerts include a residency at Dickinson College with Sarah’s husband, video artist John Sanborn, a recital at MIT, and an all-Berio performance with pianist Adam Tendler at the Italian Academy at Columbia University.

Sarah’s most recent project, A Sweeter Music, premiered in the Cal Performances series in Berkeley in January 2009 and continued to New Sounds Live at Merkin Hall, Rothko Chapel, the North Dakota Museum of Art, Le Poisson Rouge, and venues around the country, with newly commissioned works on the theme of peace by Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Frederic Rzewski, Phil Kline, and many others. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that “the music, helped along by the impassioned force of Cahill’s playing, amounted to a persuasive and varied investigation of the subject,” and London’s Financial Times called it “a unique commissioning programme that unites artistic aspirations with moral philosophy.”

“the music, helped along by the impassioned force of Cahill’s playing, amounted to a persuasive and varied investigation of the subject”

 

She is working on two new commissioning projects: one explores our relationship to nature, and the other celebrates the eightieth birthday of Terry Riley in 2015. Most of Sarah’s albums are on the New Albion label. She has also recorded for the CRI, New World, Other Minds, Tzadik, Albany, Cold Blue, and Artifact labels. Her album A Sweeter Music is on the Other Minds label, and Pinna Records will release her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants. Her radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, hosts a new music series at the Exploratorium, and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the Berkeley Art Museum.

“She is a virtuosic yet naturally fluid player who somehow manages to coax a liquid sound from the piano even when battering the keys and raising hell.”

- New Music Connoisseur

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“fiercely gifted”

- New York Times

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“a sterling Bay Area pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde”

- New York Times

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Revolutions Per Minute

R.P.M. on KALW RADIO
San Francisco 91.7 FM

Sunday Nights from 8-10PM

streaming audio at KALW.org

Sarah Cahill is a pianist and music critic whose radio program was named
“One of the Hundred Best Things in the Bay Area” by Citysearch online magazine.
Sarah now joins KALW, and her new program, called “Revolutions Per Minute,” focuses on
the relationships between classical music and new music, encompassing
interviews with musicians and composers, historical performances, and
exciting recordings outside the mainstream.

From the Archive

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RADICAL CONNECTIONS: MEREDITH MONK AND BJÖRK

If you go to your local record store, you’ll find Meredith Monk and Björk in completely separate categories, but as you’re about to hear, they’ve got a lot in common. Born a generation apart, both women have gained a reputation for creating adventurous music for the human voice, work that has taken them beyond the concert stage and into the realms of theater, film, visual art, dance, and performance art. Over the course of this hour-long program, these two artists share personal stories and trade ideas about music alongside illustrative samples drawn from their extensive recorded catalogues.


RADICAL CONNECTIONS: MEREDITH MONK AND BJÖRK on newmusicbox.org

RADICAL CONNECTIONS: ELLIOTT CARTER AND PHIL LESH

Curious how Elliott Carter, one of our most venerable composers of music for the concert hall, and Phil Lesh, best known as the bass player for the Grateful Dead, ever crossed paths? Though you might not ordinarily connect these two composers, there are some surprising musical links between them, supported by a friendship of many years.

Hear them speak with Sarah Cahill about their shared influences and the personal connections they’ve made through music.


RADICAL CONNECTIONS: ELLIOTT CARTER AND PHIL LESH on newmusicbox.org

Revolutions Per Minute

SUNDAY NIGHTS ON KALW RADIO

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“Apart from being an exceptional pianist and muse to scores of inventive composers, Sarah Cahill is a first-rate communicator who specializes in connecting the music she plays to broader streams of everyday life.”

-Time Out New York

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“as tenacious and committed an advocate as
any composer could dream of”

-San Francisco Chronicle

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