Sarah performing at Soundbox. Photo: Charles Redding.
Sarah performing at Soundbox. Photo: Charles Redding.
The San Francisco Orchestra has come up with a Vegas-like way to attract a younger audience: a nightclub built underneath the orchestra’s main concert hall with a state-of-the-art sound system, high-tech lighting and artistic video images. (April 23) AP Watch the Video at USA Today
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 […]
Last Fall, Pinna Records released Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants, performed by pianist (writer, and producer) Sarah Cahill. We talked to Cahill as she prepared for the New Music Gathering… Read the full article
As part of a growing national movement to revitalize the symphony experience for patrons, the San Francisco Symphony recently launched SoundBox, a show series meant to create new musical experiences and entice new audiences. KQED’s Cy Musiker reports. SoundBox on KQED
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 […]
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 […]
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
Finally got a post up about the Art in Nature Festival in the Oakland Hills a couple of weekends ago… http://sfciviccenter.blogspot.com/2014/09/california-culture-5-art-in-nature.html
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 […]
“a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers”
Cahill enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for each performance. She researched and recorded music by prominent early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. She has also premiered and recorded music by Leo Ornstein, Marc Blitzstein, and other 20th century mavericks.
Cahill’s latest project is The Future is Female, a ritual installation and communal feminist immersive listening experience featuring more than sixty compositions by women around the globe, ranging from the 18th century to the present day, including new commissioned works. Featured composers include Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Maria de Alvear, Galina Ustvolskaya, Frangiz Ali-Zadeh, Florence Price, Hannah Kendall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Kui Dong, Meredith Monk, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Deirdre Gribbin, Fannie Dillon, and many others. Cahill is performing this project in museums, galleries, and concert halls in current and future seasons. Recent and upcoming performances of The Future is Female include Carolina Performing Arts, Carlsbad Music Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bowling Green New Music Festival, North Dakota Museum of Art, and Mayville State University.
Cahill has worked closely with composer Terry Riley since 1997, when she commissioned his four-hand piece Cinco de Mayo for a festival at Cal Performances celebrating Henry Cowell’s 100th birthday–the first of six works she has commissioned from him. For Riley’s 80th birthday, Cahill commissioned nine new works for solo piano in his honor and performed them with several of Riley’s own compositions at (Le) Poisson Rouge and Roulette in New York, MIT, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and other venues across the country.
Sarah Cahill also worked closely with Lou Harrison, and has championed many of his works for piano. In 1997, Cahill was chosen to premiere his Festival Dance for two pianos with Aki Takahashi at the Cooper Union, and worked with Harrison in rehearsals. She was also chosen to perform his Dance for Lisa Karon, discovered only a few years ago and not heard since its premiere in 1938, and she performed his Varied Trio, both piano concertos, and a number of solo and chamber works on her 2017 Lou Harrison tour celebrating his centennial year, with concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Orlando, Miami, Hawaii, Tokyo and Fukuoka in Japan, and more. In fall 2019, Sarah performed Lou Harrison’s exuberant Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan in two Berkeley performances.
Cahill has performed classical and contemporary chamber music with artists and ensembles such as Jessica Lang Dance; pianists Joseph Kubera, Adam Tendler, and Regina Myers; violinist Stuart Canin; the Alexander String Quartet; New Century Chamber Orchestra; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many more. She also performs as duo with violinist Kate Stenberg.
Recent appearances include the Interlochen Arts Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art, a performance at Alice Tully Hall with the Silk Road Ensemble, Stanford Live, Le Poisson Rouge,and concerts at San Francisco Performances, Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the United Kingdom, and Toyusu Civic Center Hall in Tokyo.
Sarah Cahill’s discography includes more than twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, Irritable Hedgehog, and Pinna labels. Her 2013 release A Sweeter Music (OtherMinds) featured musical reflections on war by eighteen eloquent and provocative composer/activists. In 2015, Pinna Records released her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants, an extraordinary fusion of nature and technology created by identifying the musical patterns in the electrical impulses of plants. In September 2017, she released her latest album, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, a box set tribute to Terry Riley, on Irritable Hedgehog Records. The four-CD set includes solo works by Riley, four-hand works with pianist Regina Myers, and world premiere recordings of commissioned works composed in honor of Riley’s 80th birthday. The Wall Street Journal praised Cahill’s performance on the album, saying “Ms. Cahill offers fluid interpretations of works from Mr. Riley’s copious solo piano output, as well as four-hand piano pieces, which she and Regina Myers play with impressive unity and an ear for Mr. Riley’s chameleon-like style morphing.”
Sarah Cahill’s radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW,91.7 FM in San Francisco. The program focuses on the relationships between classical music and new music,encompassing interviews with musicians and composers, historical performances, and recordings outside the mainstream. Cahill is on the piano faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum titled “Full,” occurring on the night of each full moon.
Paul Dresher Studio- contact Sarah for more information
Sarah performs a few selected movements of Frederic Rzewski’s new six-movement work Humanitas, Paul Dresher’s Two Entwined, Gabriela Ortiz’s Prelude and Etude No. 3, Lois V Vierk’s Yeah Yeah Yeah, and other recent compositions.
War Memorial Building, San Francisco
Sarah performs compositions from her project The Future is Female during a free all-day celebration of San Francisco Performances’ Fortieth Anniversary.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sarah Cahill presents work by female composers from the 17th to early 20th centuries in this Piano Talk as a celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Str. 40, 80333 München, Germany
“The Gift“ from Salome Dances for Peace (1985/6)
Fandango on the Heaven Ladder (1996)
Keyboard Study No. 1 (1965)
In C (1964)
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.
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.