Pianist Sarah Cahill Announces Fall 2020 Season Highlights


“keen and captivating pianist” – The Washington Post

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

Sarah Cahill: www.sarahcahill.com

Sarah Cahill, described as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, announces performance highlights between November 15 and December 19, 2020, including concerts presented by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, Old First ConcertsSan Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Ross McKee FoundationAmateur Music Network, and Community School of Music & Arts.

Cahill’s recent and upcoming streaming speaking engagements have included a two-day discussion presented by the Boulanger Initiative, The Future is Female: In Conversation and Performance (watch online); a Piano Talk presented by the Ross McKee Foundation titled Challenging the Canon (watch online); a panel presented by American Composers Forum on Advocating for Gender Equity; and a webinar presented by the San Francisco SymphonyFive Composers You Should Know (Who Happen to be Women) (November 10). Her previous streamed performances this year have included the Bang on a Can Marathon in June, a concert presented by Harrison House in Joshua Tree as part of Cahill’s residency there (watch online), as well as appearances streamed by Musaics of the Bay and Old First Concerts.

In addition, thus far in 2020 Sarah Cahill has commissioned five new works for solo piano by composers Frederic RzewskiRobert PollockMary WatkinsRegina Harris Baiocchi, and Michelle Li. With violinist Kate Stenberg, she has commissioned composers Pamela ZRoscoe Mitchell, and Maija Hynninen; and with Regina Myers, she has commissioned Riley Nicholson’s Up for two pianos.

Committed to continuing to reach audiences during these challenging times for live performance, all of Cahill’s fall appearances will be online. Her next scheduled in-person performance is currently March 6, 2021 at the Barbican Centre in London, where she will present a marathon version of her program The Future is Female, an immersive listening experience featuring more than sixty compositions by women from around the globe.

Sarah Cahill’s Upcoming Virtual Performances

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2pm PT: Old First Concerts 50th Anniversary Gala

Information: www.oldfirstconcerts.org/performance/old-first-concerts-50th-anniversary-gala-sunday-november-15-at-2-pm

Sarah Cahill performs Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne for Old First Concerts’ 50th Anniversary celebration.

Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:45am PT: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Information: https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/sarah-cahill

Sarah Cahill performs The Future is Female presented by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including Deirdre Gribbin’s Unseen, Annea Lockwood’s Ear-Walking Woman, Theresa Wong’s She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees, Maria de Alvear’s Intenso, Aida Shirazi’s Albumblatt, and Gabriela Ortiz’s Preludio y Estudio No. 3.

Friday, Dec. 4 at 5pm PT: Piano Break presented by the Ross McKee Foundation

Information: www.rossmckeefoundation.org/event/sarah-cahill-2020-12-4

Sarah Cahill performs a recital featuring the world premiere of Regina Harris Baiocchi’s Piano Poems, inspired by poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and Richard Wright; along with George Lewis’ Endless Shout, Mary Watkins’ Summer Days, and Aida Shirazi’s Albumblatt.

Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2pm PT: At Home with Sarah Cahill presented by Amateur Music Network

Information: https://amateurmusic.org/info/workshops

In a workshop entitled At Home with Sarah Cahill, Cahill will perform a short concert, and will talk about her life in new music, working with composers, commissioning and premiering and recording new compositions, and how her work in radio and music criticism have made her a better pianist.

Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2pm PT: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert

Information: https://sfcm.edu/performance-calendar/event/faculty-artist-series-sarah-cahill

Sarah Cahill performs from Sol Joseph Recital Hall, in a concert that features the world premiere of Up for two pianos by Riley Nicholson, performed with Regina Myers; George Lewis’s Endless Shout; Aida Shirazi’s Albumblatt; Reena Esmail’s Rang de Basant; and Regina Harris Baiocchi’s Piano Poems.

Saturday Dec. 19 at 7:30pm PT: The Future is Female Concert presented by Community School of Music & Arts

Information: http://arts4all.org/events/sarah-cahill-celebration-of-the-centennial-of-the-19th-amendment

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Sarah Cahill presents her third concert at CSMA, featuring classical works from her latest project, The Future is Female, including music by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Florence Price, Theresa Carreño, and more.

About Sarah Cahill: Sarah Cahill, recently called, “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, has commissioned and premiered over sixty compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to Cahill include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Julia Wolfe, Yoko Ono, Annea Lockwood, and Ingram Marshall. Keyboard Magazine writes, “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.” She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF).

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 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Maria de Alvear, Galina Ustvolskaya, Franghiz Ali- Zadeh, Florence Price, Hannah Kendall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Kui Dong, Meredith Monk, Vıt́ězslava Kaprálová , Tania León, Fannie Charles 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 concerts presented by The Barbican, Carolina Performing Arts, Carlsbad Music Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bowling Green New Music Festival, North Dakota Museum of Art, and Mayville State University.

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 (Other Minds) 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. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, video artist John Sanborn, and daughter. For more information, visit www.sarahcahill.com.

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