Sarah Cahill // Adam Tendler

Sunday, March 17, 2013. 5:00 pm

Pianist Sarah Cahill pairs two post minimalist masterpieces: Imaginary Dances by William Duckworth (1943-2012) and selections from Rivers by Ann Southam (1937-2010). Splitting the evening with Cahill is Adam Tendler, who will read from his newly published memoir, 88×50, and present premieres of electroacoustic piano works by Ross Feller, Seth Rozanoff, John Glover, and the premiere of Tendler’s own Hate Speech for piano and audience cell phones

Sarah Cahill has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Frederic Rzewski, Julia Wolfe, Ingram Marshall, and Evan Ziporyn.  Recent appearances have been at Spoleto Festival USA, Rothko Chapel, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Portland Piano Festival.  Upcoming performances include Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony conducted by Steven Schick, and a minimalism festival at Kings Place in London.  She is currently preparing a CD of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants.  She lives in the Bay Area where she hosts a weekly radio show and curates new music concerts at the Berkeley Art Museum.  More at


“An exuberantly expressive pianist” who “vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase” (Los Angeles Times), a “modern-music evangelist” (Time Out New York) who “has managed to get behind and underneath the notes…living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all.  If they give medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all.” (The Baltimore Sun).   Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award, Tendler first made headlines with America 88×50, an independent recital tour that brought free concerts of modern American music to underserved communities in all fifty states.  He has gone on to perform internationally, direct classical music initiatives across the country, and serve as an announcer and contemporary music liaison for NPR and Pacifica stations nationwide.  While balancing a performance schedule that spans Symphony Space to the Stonewall Inn, Tendler maintains an active teaching schedule, serves as the founding director of a nightly music series at Soho House New York, and this winter will publish 88×50, an interactive memoir about coming out and coming-of-age during his America 88×50 tour.  More at