Sarah Cahill

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Henry Cowell
New Music: Piano Compositions

Ruth Crawford / Johanna Beyer
9 Preludes - Piano Music

Ingram Marshall
Savage Altars

Maurice Ravel
Miroirs and Gaspard de la Nuit

Evan Ziporyn
Typical Music

"Odd but fertile corners of the American musical psyche are this pianist's specialty," said the Village Voice of Sarah Cahill, who has an active career performing both new music and classical music. Piano works dedicated to Sarah include John Adams' China Gates (1977), Larry Polansky's Casten Variation (1994), and "Blue" Gene Tyranny's Spirit (1996). She has premiered works by many notable composers, including Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Chen Yi, and Carl Stone.

Recent appearances have included solo recitals at Sarah Lawrence College, Dartmouth College, the Composers Collaborative series in New York City, the Knitting Factory, and the Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela, Hawaii. She has also participated in the Bates Festival of New American Music in Maine and the Fifth Biennial Symposium of Art and Technology at Connecticut College. Sarah has performed on WNYC in New York City and Vermont Public Radio, and on KPFA in Berkeley. Recent performances include participation in "100 Portraits for Virgil" at the New School, in the Other Minds Festival, and at festivals celebrating Henry Cowell's centenary in New York and in Berkeley.

Upcoming appearances include the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, the Situations series at the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, and at Bucknell University. She is currently involved in several recording projects, including the complete piano works of the German-American experimental composer Johanna Beyer for the Nonsequitur label and an album of Henry Cowell for New Albion Records.

Sarah also hosts a weekly music show on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, and has interviewed composers including Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, John Adams, Joan Tower, Frederic Rzewski, and Pauline Oliveros. Sarah is a music critic at the East Bay Express, and has written for many journals and magazines, including the Village Voice Literary Supplement, the San Francisco Chronicle, Piano and Keyboard, and Historical Performance. She also co-created a clips show at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley entitled Out on a Limb: The Hand in Cinema.

Sarah Cahill's website is located at


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