Sarah Cahill on Terry Riley

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Sarah Cahill is not only a skilled and accomplished pianist, but also an incredible champion of new music. She seems to make a habit of commissioning new works and showcasing composers–both established and new–all over America while also becoming a central force in the San Francisco music scene. Her latest project turns a spotlight on Terry Riley celebrating his 80th birthday with a four CD set entitled Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley. Eight additional composers–Samuel Adams, Danny Clay, Christine Southworth, Dylan Mattingly, Gyan Riley, Elena Ruehr, Keeril Makan, and Pauline Oliveros–were invited to create new works for the project in honor of Riley, and the end result is incredible. Naturally, we had some questions for Cahill about the project.