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Sarah Cahill

Host, Revolutions Per Minute

Sarah Cahill grew up in Berkeley, where her father had a rare records program on KPFA in 1949.  She started a weekly music program at KPFA in 1989, under the guidance of then-music director Charles Amirkhanian. In 2002, she joined KALW with a weekly Sunday evening program.  She has interviewed Richard Goode at the Metropolitan Museum and, for Counterstream Radio, produced joint interviews with Meredith Monk and Bjork and with Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh.

Sarah was music critic for the East Bay Express and other alternative weeklies for 20 years, and has contributed to several books including the John Adams Reader and Critical Essays on Galway Kinnell.  She teaches a class on 20th century keyboard literature at the San Francisco Conservatory.  As a pianist, Sarah has recently performed at Spoleto Festival USA, Le Poisson Rouge and Merkin Hall in New York, and the Portland Piano Festival, and has recorded more than a dozen CDs.

Sarah lives in Berkeley with her husband, video artist John Sanborn, and their teenaged daughter Miranda.

  • Reacting to the vocal acrobatics of 19th-century opera, Monk's vocal music draws inspiration from the clarity of medieval and folk traditions. The result is a sound that feels both ancient and new.