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LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL AT NEW MUSIC WORKS
Rare Music Emerges at Lou Harrison Centennial Concerts
-Brett Campbell, San Francisco Classical Voice, 5/23/17

 

LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL AT TUESDAYS@MONK SPACE
Sarah Cahill Performs Lou Harrison in Los Angeles
-Paul Muller, Sequenza21, 4/10/17

 

LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL AT LE POISSON ROUGE
Pianist Cahill throws a centennial party for Lou Harrison
-David Wright, New York Classical Voice, 4/7/17

 

LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL AT LE POISSON ROUGE
This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments
-Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 4/6/17

 

LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL AT TUESDAYS@MONK SPACE
Review: A centennial tribute to ‘The Divine Mr. Harrison’
-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 4/5/17

 

 

STEPHEN SMOLIAR’S MEMORABLE CONCERTS OF 2016
The Memorable Concerts of 2016
-STEPHEN SMOLIAR, 12/21/2016

 

MUSICAL REFLECTIONS OF 2016
Requiem for 2016 at Chapel of the Chimes
-Michael Strickland, Civic Center Blog, 12/20/2016

 

CHACONNES, REVISITED AT SALONS AT THE REX
Sarah Cahill Concludes SFP’s Fall Salons with More Chaconnes
-STEPHEN SMOLIAR, 12/15/2016

 

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC FACULTY CONCERT
Pianist Sarah Cahill Surveys 100 Years of Imaginative Modernism at SFCM
-STEPHEN SMOLIAR, 11/15/2016

 

FRESH SOUND SERIES IN SAN DIEGO
Sarah Cahill closes Fresh Sound season with winning pitches
-Marcus Overton, 11/05/2016

 

Pianist Sarah Cahill’s Irresistible Contemporary Program
-Ken Herman, San Diego Story, 11/06/2016

 

The Fresh Sound of Sarah Cahill
– Robert Bush, NBC 7 San Diego, 11/20/2016

 

SUNSET ARTS WITH KATE STENBERG
Kate Stenberg and Sarah Cahill Cover Over 160 Years of Music History at Sunset Music | Arts”
-STEPHEN SMOLIAR, 09/225/2016

 

FLOWER PIANO 2016
Sarah Cahill at Flower Piano
-Michael Strickland, Civic Center Blog, 04/18/2016

 

GARDEN OF MEMORY 2016
A Comforting Cacophony at ‘Garden of Memory’ in Oakland”
-Sam Lefebvre, KQED, 06/22/2016

 

NEW MUSIC WORKS IN SANTA CRUZ, MARCH 2016
Pianist Sarah Cahill returns to New Music Works
-Roger Emanuels, Peninsula Reviews, 03/08/2016

 

GARDEN OF MEMORY 2015
Garden of Memory: Lactic Haloes at a Pagan Rite
-Sam Lefebvre,East Bay Express, 06/24/2015

 

NEW MUSIC WORKS IN SANTA CRUZ, MARCH 2015
Santa Cruz New Music Works: Sarah Cahill Piano Reverie
-Joe Sekon D.M.A, Peninsula Reviews, 03/23/2015

 

SF SYMPHONY SOUNDBOX
SoundBox Composers Play WIth Texture and Time
-Patrick Galvin, San Francisco Classical Voice, 05/21/2015

 

TERRY RILEY TRIBUTE
A joyful tribute to minimalist pioneer Terry Riley
-Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, 04/21/2015

 

Improvs as Premieres: No Cake for Riley’s 80th
-David Patterson, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, 04/19/2015

 

SCHUBERT, BEETHOVEN, AND MOZART WITH STUART CANIN
Sarah Cahill and Stuart Canin Make Music Together
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 10/20/14

 

PATTERNS OF PLANTS BY MAMORU FUJIEDA – ON PINNA RECORDS
Mamoru Fujieda Derives Miniatures from Electrical Activity of Plants
-Jeffrey Zeigler, WQXR, 10/6/14

 

CD Review: Mamoru Fujieda
-Joshua Kosman, SFGATE, 10/15/14

 

Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants: Commune With Your Inner Fern
-David Hurwitz, Classics Today, 10/5/14

 

ROOM SERIES UPRIGHT CONCERT
Eight hands engage with an upright piano at Pamela Z’s ROOM Series concert
-Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, 7/11/14

 

MOZART PIANO QUARTETS WITH ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
Vivaldi and Mozart at the SFJAZZ Center
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 4/7/14

 

Cahill, Greenberg and Alexander String Quartet at SFJazz Center
-Adam Broner, Repeat Performances, 4/5/14

 

OTHER MINDS FESTIVAL
Other Minds Festival review: Discovering Joseph Byrd
-Joshua Kosman, SFGATE, 3/4/14

 

Other Minds 19 at the SFJAZZ Center
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 3/4/14

 

Composers of Northern California, Other Minds 19
-New Music Buff, 3/4/14

 

LOU HARRISON PIANO CONCERTO WITH LA JOLLA ORCHESTRA
Harrison concerto LJ Symphony highlight – Steven Schick and Sarah Cahill offer propulsive, persuasive performance
-James Chute, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/8/2014

 

Playing the Body
-Charlene and Brenda in the Blogosphere, 2/10/14

 

HENRY COWELL AT SAN QUENTIN
Part Concert, Part Seance
-Charlie Haas, The Threepenny Review, 1/24/14

 

Liberating Henry Cowell’s Music at San Quentin
– BRETT CAMPBELL, SF Classical Voice, 1/7/14

 

Sarah Cahill Plays Henry Cowell at San Quentin
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 1/27/14

 

After Hearing Henry Cowell at San Quentin
-Steve Dickison, Poetics of Listening, 2/10/14

 

Pianist Sarah Cahill Honors Former San Quentin Inmate With a Concert in the Protestant Chapel
-Kevin D. Sawyer, San Quentin News page 17, 2/14

 

Henry Cowell returns to San Quentin
-Jason Victor Serinus, The Bay Area Reporter, 1/30/14

 

A SWEETER MUSIC CD, RELEASED 9/24/13 ON THE OTHER MINDS LABEL
Sarah Cahill: ‘A Sweeter Music’
-Derk Richardson, Thew Absolute Sound, 8/1/14

 

Album review: Sarah Cahill, ‘A Sweeter Music’
-Joshua Kosman, SFGATE, 9/19/13

 

Pianist Sarah Cahill plays Berkeley Arts Festival
-Andrew Gilbert, Berekleyside, 9/19/13

 

A Sweeter Music Recording
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 9/24/13

 

Pianist Sarah Cahill’s ‘Sweeter Music’ is a Call for Peace
-Molly Yeh, WQXR, 9/16/13

 

CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC WITH ADAM TENDLER
Sarah Cahill and Adam Tendler at C4NM
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 10/24/13

 

SOLO RECITAL AT OLD FIRST CHURCH, SAN FRANCISCO
Sarah Cahill Plays Cowell and Southam
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 8/5/13

 

In the Bay Area: Cahill at the Piano
-Sidney Chen, newmusicbox, 8/8/13

 

GARDEN OF MEMORY AT THE CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES, OAKLAND, CA
‘LET’S SEE WHAT THIS IS!’—Garden of Memory 2013
-Sidney Chen, newmusicbox, 6/28/13

 

STATE OF THE ARTS ON KDFC
KDFC’S The State of the Arts Archive
-Jeffrey Freyman, KDFC, 6/19/13

 

‘THE MYSTICAL TONE’ AT LE POISSON ROUGE
Devotionals of Planets and Pop
-STEVE SMITH, the New York Times, 3/7/12

 

Sarah Cahill and Julia Holter at LPR
-Peter Matthews, Feast of Music, 3/8/12

 

ALFRED LOEFFLER NEW MUSIC SYMPOSIUM, CHICO STATE UNIVERSITY, 2/14/12
Living in the new, Renowned Berkeley pianist Sarah Cahill brings new works to life
-Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, newsreview.com, 2/23/12

 

LOU HARRISON PIANO CONCERTO WITH BERKELEY SYMPHONY – 12/8/11
Sarah Cahill with Berkeley Symphony-Riveting performance of Harrison
-Adam Broner, Repeat Performances, 12/8/11

 

A Tale of Three Symphonies 2: Berkeley
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 12/10/11

 

Sarah Cahill Celebrates With the Berkeley Symphony
-Marianne Lipanovich, SF Classical Voice, 12/8/11

 

OLD FIRST CHURCH, SAN FRANCISCO
Sarah Cahill Plays Pre-Maximalists at Old First Church
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 11/14/11

 

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
Portland Piano International: Looking forward, looking homeward
-BRETT CAMPBELL, Oergon Artswatch, 8/7/2011

 

OTHER MINDS 2011
Other Minds blends new classical music, jazz
-Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle Music Critic, 3/7/11

 

OTHER MINDS PRESENTS RUDHYAR IN RETROSPECT- SEPTEMBER 2010
Music review: Other Minds Festival on Rudhyar
-Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle Music Critic, 9/29/10

 

Rudhyar in Retrospect 3: The Other Minds Concerts
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 10/2/10

 

SARAH CAHILL AND CARL STONE AT THE STONE IN NYC’S EAST VILLAGE
Laptop and Piano, Dispelling Traditions
-STEVE SMITH, the New York Times, 8/4/10

 

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND MINIMALISM
2nd International Conference on Music and Minimalism concerts 3, 4 and 5
-Lee Hartman ,KC Metropolis, 9/9/09

 

A SWEETER MUSIC: PREVIEW ARTICLES
Peace Pieces: Sarah Cahill commissions a sweeter music
-Derk Richardson, SFGate, 1/22/09

 

Berkeley pianist’s ‘A Sweeter Music’ project sets the weapons of war aside
-Sue Gilmore, Contra Costa Times, 01/19/2009

 

Sweeter Sounds
-MARTIN SNAPP, MARTIN SNAPP Blog, 12/18/2008

 

Playing Politics – Sarah Cahill’s A Sweeter Music provides catharsis for composers
-MARTIN SNAPP, Cal alumni Magazine, 1/15/2009

 

Discordant harmony – Ensemble Pi and Sarah Cahill examine political activism in music
-Alan Lockwood, Timeout New York, 3/5/09

 

A SWEETER MUSIC: REVIEWS
You Won’t Find Them in the 45s Section
-ALLAN KOZINN, NY Times, 10/13/09

 

Sounds of Peace, Sometimes Drowned Out by the Din of War
-STEVE SMITH, NY Times, 3/16/09

 

Music review: Pianist Cahill plays for peace
-Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic, 1/17/09

 

Playing a Sweeter Music
-LISA HIRSCH, SF Classical Voice, 1/27/09

 

The World Premiere of A Sweeter Music
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 1/27/09

 

A Sweeter Music
-Richard Friedman, rchrd.com, 1/28/09

 

Peace, Piano, Pix: A Recital Like No Other
-Paul Hertelendy, artssf.com, 1/31/09

 

OTHER MINDS NEW MUSIC SEANCE 2008
Deep Dreams
-NOEL VERZOSA, SF Classical Voice, 12/9/08

 

OTHER MINDS NEW MUSIC SEANCE 2007
A New Music Seance 2
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 2/27/07

 

A Seance for the Ear
-Mickey Butts, SF Classical Voice, 2/24/07

 

New Music From Beyond the Veil
-Jason Victor Serinus, SF Classical Voice, 2/24/07

 

CONCERT WITH CELLIST EMIL MILAND, SAN FRANCISCO, JANUARY 2007
The Attraction of the New
-Mark Alburger, SF Classical Voice, 1/28/07

 

NOONTIME CONCERTS SAN FRANCISCO 2006
Championing the Neglected
-Heuwell Tircuit, SF Classical Voice, 8/2/06

 

OLD FIRST CHURCH SAN FRANCISCO 2006
Contemporary Cantabile
-Jerry Kuderna, SF Classical Voice, 5/5/06

 

La Divina Sarah
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 11/13/08

 

TRINITY CHAPEL BERKELEY 2006
Trinity Chapel Performance Review
-Jonathan Russell, SF Classical Voice, 2/21/06

 

OTHER MINDS NEW MUSIC SÉANCE 2005
Seance Concert 1: Walk in Beauty
-Michael Strickland, SF Civic Center Blog, 12/6/05

 

Contemplative Modern Music and the Phantom of the Other Minds
-Paul Hertelendy, ArtsSF.com 12/11/05

 

Summoning the Ghosts of Ideas Past
-Roddy Schrock, NEWMUSICBOX, 1/3/06

 

BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL 2004
Berkeley Arts Festival Gallery
-David Bithell, SF Classical Voice, 10/10/04

 

TWO REDHEADS AND 88 SOLENOIDS WITH KATHY SUPOVE 2004
Avant-garde concert melds laptop, traditional piano fare
-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/5/04

 

RUTH CRAWFORD CENTENNIAL 2002
Composer, Interrupted – Sarah Cahill Unleashes an Angry Stream of Ruth Crawford Homages
-Kyle Gann, Village Voice, 12/25/01

 

LEO ORNSTEIN AND GEORGE ANTHEIL CONCERT, MILLER THEATER 2000
Tri-Century Man – Oldest Living Composer Makes a Late Case for Rediscovery
-Kyle Gann, Village Voice, 12/12/2000

 

Selected

Quotes

“A sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde…” – The New York Times

“fiercely gifted” – The New York Times

“a persuasive advocate for American experimentalist composers” – The Chicago Tribune

“Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.” – Keyboard Magazine

“A brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers…” – Time Out New York

​​“As tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of…” – San Francisco Chronicle

“​She is​…​ a vessel through which musical ideas can pass, a communicator whose technique is put at the service of empathy and understanding. Her devotion to promoting music not yet in the mainstream is impressive: almost every piece on this program had come into being as the result of her commissioning requests.​”​​ – San Diego Union Tribune

“​Cahill not only possesses the technical prowess to interpret challenging new scores, but also the ability to provide persuasive verbal explanation that gives context to each composer’s compositional approach… As an ambassador for new music, Cahill has few peers.” – San Diego Story​

“A leading light of the new-music piano scene…” – The New York Times

“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

“Athletically graceful at the keyboard yet able to distinguish ppp from pppp” – Village Voice

“The doyenne of contemporary keyboard music…” – Financial Times

“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

“Her examinations had volatility, conviction, and a kind of restless originality that served Debussy surprisingly well.” – Washington Post

“Cahill brings all the intangibles of a supreme and engaging performance onstage with her.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

“For me, the highlights of this summer’s [Portland Piano] festival (as it is every time I hear her play…) were San Francisco pianist Sarah Cahill’s two performances… As always, Cahill brought out the musicality, not just the flamboyance and novelty of these sometimes flashy pieces.” – Oregon Arts Watch

“Sarah Cahill plays with unaffected subtlety and sensitivity.” – Classics Today

“Cahill’s performance [was] mesmerizing and organic.” – New Music Box

“Cahill… played with a virtuosity that demonstrated Cowell’s precise command of his peculiar art.” – The New Yorker

 

General

Articles

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Sarah Cahill’s reverie on piano