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Samuel Carl Adams: Shade Studies

Sarah Cahill: A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 New works composed in celebration of Terry Riley’s eightieth birthday by Samuel Carl Adams, Pauline Oliveros, Gyan Riley, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth, Danny Clay, Dylan Mattingly, Luciano Chessa, Elena Ruehr, and Keeril Makan. June 24, 2015 is the eightieth birthday year […]

Dylan Mattingly: YEAR

Sarah Cahill: A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 New works composed in celebration of Terry Riley’s eightieth birthday by Samuel Carl Adams, Pauline Oliveros, Gyan Riley, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth, Danny Clay, Dylan Mattingly, Luciano Chessa, Elena Ruehr, and Keeril Makan. June 24, 2015 is the eightieth birthday year […]

Evan Ziporyn: You Are Getting Sleepy

Sarah Cahill: A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 New works composed in celebration of Terry Riley’s eightieth birthday by Samuel Carl Adams, Pauline Oliveros, Gyan Riley, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth, Danny Clay, Dylan Mattingly, Luciano Chessa, Elena Ruehr, and Keeril Makan. June 24, 2015 is the eightieth birthday year […]

Christine Southworth: Sparkita and Her Kittens

Sarah Cahill: A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 New works composed in celebration of Terry Riley’s eightieth birthday by Samuel Carl Adams, Pauline Oliveros, Gyan Riley, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth, Danny Clay, Dylan Mattingly, Luciano Chessa, Elena Ruehr, and Keeril Makan. June 24, 2015 is the eightieth birthday year […]

The Success of SoundBox

SoundBox, the San Francisco Symphony’s attempt to draw in a younger crowd with late-evening, monthly concerts in a nightclub style setting, has been successful on a scale that probably nobody ever imagined. The Meyer Sound System has transformed an acoustically dead rehearsal stage at the back of Davies Hall into a reverberant concert hall, the […]

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 […]

“local pianist and badass”

– East Bay Express

Pianist, Writer, Producer

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by the New York Times anda brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, 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.

“a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers”

Cahill has researched and recorded 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, four performances at the San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox, a residency at Dickinson College, and concerts in Maui, Miami, and at MIT. 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 performances include a residency at the Noguchi Museum, a classical recital with violinist Stuart Canin, a concert at Roulette in Brooklyn, and recitals at Old First Church and Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. 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 recently released her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants.

In late August, she is recording a two-CD set of Terry Riley’s solo and four-hand music with pianist Regina Schaffer for the Irritable Hedgehog label. 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 will curate a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum when it opens in 2016.

“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

Sarah Cahill Hosts

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.

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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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