San Francisco, CA – “Sterling pianist and intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” (The New York Times) Sarah Cahill will perform music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk on three concerts at the fourth annual Flower Piano July 5-16 at San Francisco Botanical Garden (1199 9th Avenue).
Presented by Sunset Piano and San Francisco Botanical Garden, Flower Piano is a twelve-day outdoor extravaganza combining music, community, and nature. Visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among different areas within the Garden and are encouraged to play anything from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On Saturdays, Sundays, and select evenings as part of NightGarden Piano, Sunset Piano presents curated performances featuring professional pianists.
Sarah Cahill’s program includes Terry Riley's Be Kind to One Another, Fandango on the Heaven Ladder, and Keyboard Studies; Meredith Monk's St. Petersburg Waltz and excerpts from Steppe Music on each of three performances: July 7 at 12pm in the Exhibition Garden; July 12 at 8pm at Redwood Grove (part of NightGarden Piano); and July 15 at 11am in the Zellerbach Garden.
Over forty thousand people experienced music of every genre from both sides of the keyboard in 2017 at Flower Piano. Of the event, Cahill says, “there is a magical and unexpected convergence of music, gardens, an enthusiastic audience, and ambient sounds of nature. I love strolling around the Botanical Garden and hearing other pianists, and witnessing how everyone – young and old, from a diversity of backgrounds – has a relationship to the piano. The whole idea is the unexpected delight of music in the Garden.”
Flower Piano is free to SF residents with ID; $9 for non-residents. NightGarden Piano (July 12, 13, and 14) is a ticketed event ($45 general admission) with adult refreshments, snacks, and beautifully lit pathways to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open pianos to play. Complete lineup, information, and NightGarden Piano tickets are available at www.flowerpiano.comor www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/flowerpiano.
About Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, 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, Julia Wolfe, Yoko Ono, and Evan Ziporyn, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Ingram Marshall, 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, 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. She performs as a duo with violinist Kate Stenberg and has performed chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other chamber groups. 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.
Cahill has been featured on more than twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Other Minds, Tzadik, Albany, Cold Blue, Pinna, Artifact, and Irritable Hedgehog labels. Her four-CD box set, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, was released in 2017 on the Irritable Hedgehog label and features Riley's solo and four-hand works (with Regina Myers and Samuel Carl Adams) and eight world premiere recordings of commissioned works in honor of his 80th birthday.
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. 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 information, visit www.sarahcahill.com.
About Sunset Piano:
Created and produced by Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell, Sunset Piano is dedicated to bringing piano culture and music to a world that needs good things. Sunset Piano would like to thank: All the amazing staff at San Francisco Botanical Garden, Sunset Piano Supporters on Facebook (join us!), Peninsula Piano Brokers, DC Pianos, Meg Spriggs and the Shorenstein Company, Steve Barber and the Half Moon Bay Inn, and Accurate Piano Movers. For more information, visit www.sunsetpiano.com.
About San Francisco Botanical Garden:
San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world. Visitors can experience nature, learn about plants and the environment in an 'outdoor classroom,' relax and seek respite from city life in an urban sanctuary, 365 days a year. We aim for our visitors to connect with and more fully understand the need to protect nature, whether they are dedicated gardeners or admirers of the planet's diverse beauty. For more information, visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.