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Sarah Cahill

Berkeley, CA   

Pianist Sarah Cahill has been called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times, “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “pianist and badass” by the East Bay Express.  She commissions, performs, and records new work for solo piano, as well as piano duo and chamber music. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Annea Lockwood, Yoko Ono, Evan Ziporyn, and Ingram Marshall, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and many others.  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 premieres by Pauline Oliveros and Danny Clay in a redwood grove in Oakland.  She has performed chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other groups. 
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. 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.  Her album A Sweeter Music is on the Other Minds label, and Pinna Records released 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.

NewMusicBox Articles

Headlines August 6 2008 | By Sarah Cahill
Required Listening: The New Albion Festival

If I were going to imagine the perfect summer music festival, it would be pretty much identical to the New Albion festival at SummerScape, which runs through August 10th in...

Articles August 1 2004 | By Sarah Cahill
Found In Translation: A View from Tokyo

Sarah Cahill Seven years ago, I heard some extraordinarily beautiful piano pieces at the Other Minds Festival here in the Bay Area. Pianist Rae Imamura played the 5th and 7th...

Articles May 1 2004 | By Sarah Cahill
View from Berkeley: Finding Room for Adams and Imbrie

Sarah Cahill In 1978, my father and I had a couple of heated debates over which composer’s music was more likely to last into the next century, Andrew Imbrie‘s or...