Camptonville, CA – Pianist Sarah Cahill, known as a “sterling pianist and intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” (The New York Times), will perform on the final day of Grand Piano Weekend, the three-day season finale of the second annual Sri Moonshine Music Series, curated by composer Terry Riley on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 3pm at the Camptonville Performing Arts Center (15333 Cleveland Ave). Cahill will perform works by Riley including Fandango on the Heaven Ladder, Be Kind to One Another, Venus in 94, and Keyboard Studies along with several works by Francois Couperin and Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin.
The Camptonville Performing Arts Center was donated to the community in 2015 by the Camptonville chapter of the Masonic Lodge with the specific intention of promoting cutting edge contemporary classical music. This historic, intimate building is used regularly for concerts, poetry readings and other similar events.
Additionally, Cahill will release her next album, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music for and by Terry Riley, a box set tribute to Terry Riley on Irritable Hedgehog Records on September 29, 2017. The four-CD set includes solo works by Riley, including the first commercial recording of Two Pieces (1958-9); four-hand works (with Regina Myers) by Riley, commissioned by Cahill; and nine new works composed in honor of Riley’s 80th birthday by Samuel Adams, Danny Clay, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth, Dylan Mattingly, Gyan Riley, Elena Ruehr, Keeril Makan, and Pauline Oliveros (a four-hand structured improvisation, with Samuel Adams).Eighty Trips Around the Sun (the title was Riley’s own suggestion) encompasses a kaleidoscopic spectrum of Terry Riley’s cross-genre compositions at the piano, spanning more than half a century. Cahill says, “While Terry Riley is known for ensemble pieces like In C, which launched the minimalist movement, and his collaborations with the Kronos Quartet and other ensembles, his primary medium is the piano. He himself is a brilliant virtuoso pianist, and while he was classically trained, his extended piano improvisations and notated works reflect his background in North Indian raga, honky-tonk piano, jazz, minimalism, blues, and more.”
Cahill has worked with Riley since 1996 when she commissioned the first of his four-hand pieces, Cinco de Mayo, for a festival celebrating the 100th birthday of Henry Cowell at Cal Performances in 1997. She wrote the performer notes for his collected piano works, published by Chester/Schirmer, and has interviewed him several times on the radio, including a joint interview and performance with Riley and John Cale (from the Velvet Underground). Cahill toured with "Terry Riley and Friends" in the Triptych Festival to Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2007, and performed at a 70th birthday celebration at Royce Hall in Los Angeles with Acid Mothers Temple, Matmos, and other performers. In Cahill’s class on 20th Century Keyboard Literature at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Riley visited the class and improvised four-hands with each of the students.
The other featured pianists on the collection are Regina Myers and Samuel Carl Adams, who is rarely heard on the piano and best known as a composer and jazz bassist. He and Cahill recorded two 45-minute versions of Pauline Oliveros' A Trilling Piece for Terry after midnight at the University of Missouri-Kansas City concert hall after Oliveros suggested that this piece, a page of instructions for trilling on the keys, on the strings, the wood, and all parts of the piano, could be performed as a duet. Pauline Oliveros had been friends with Riley since 1956 when they met in a composition class in San Francisco.
Irritable Hedgehog Music is a Kansas City-based record label, focused primarily on minimalist music and electroacoustic music.
About Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill, recently called “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, Evan Ziporyn, Julia Wolfe, and Ingram Marshall.
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. She has performed classical and contemporary chamber music with artists and ensembles such as pianists Joseph Kubera, Adam Tendler, and Regina Schaffer; violinists Kate Stenberg and Stuart Canin; the Alexander String Quartet; New Century Chamber Orchestra; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; and many more.
Sarah is currently performing an extensive Lou Harrison Centennial Tour throughout the US (New York, San Francisco, LA, Hawaii, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and more) and Japan, presenting Harrison’s solo piano and chamber music as well as both piano concertos. Other 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 the Italian Academy in New York. Performance highlights for the 2017-18 season include the Interlochen Arts Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, concerts in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Terry Riley’s Sri Moonshine series, and New Music Miami.
Sarah Cahill’s discography includes over twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, and Pinna labels. Her 2013 release A Sweeter Music (Other Minds) featured musical reflections on war by eighteen composer/activists, commissioned especially for the album. In 2015, Pinna Records released her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants, a fusion of nature and technology created by identifying the musical patterns in the electrical impulses of plants. Cahill recently finished recording a four-CD set of Terry Riley’s solo and four-hand music with pianist Regina Schaffer for release in fall 2017 on the Irritable Hedgehog label.
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.
For more info, visit www.sarahcahill.com
Photo by George Mattingly
“A foremost interpreter of 20th century American experimentalists” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A sterling advocate for West Coast composers” – The New Yorker