Sarah CahillPiano

Sarah Cahill


Salon at the Hotel Rex

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 6:30pm

Hotel Rex


About This Performance

Sarah Cahill returns for Chaconnes Revisited, by popular demand! We’ll get to hear young Bay Area composer Danny Clay’s chaconne plus other examples of this varied and expansive form from the 17th & 20th centuries, a perfect vehicle for our spirited interpreter.

Performer Biography

Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by the New York Times and “a 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, Yoko Ono, and Ingram Marshall, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and many others.

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, four performances at the San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox, a residency at the Noguchi Museum, and concerts at Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette in New York. 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 the Festival of New American Music, Music in the Mountains, a concert at the Italian Academy in New York, a Lou Harrison 100th birthday celebration in Maui, and Philip Glass’ Etudes at Stanford Lively Arts with four other pianists including Glass himself. Most of Sarah’s albums are on the New Albion label. She has also recorded for the CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, and Cold Blue 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.

She has recorded a three-CD set of Terry Riley’s solo and four-hand (with pianist Regina Schaffer) music for the Irritable Hedgehog label, scheduled for release later this year. 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 and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum.