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Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Anne has collaborated with and premiered works by Ken Thomson, Stuart Saunders Smith, Nils Vigeland, Brett Dietz, Jude Traxler, Matthew Hough, and Danny Clay, with whom she works with regularly. She also performs with the contemporary piano ensemble New Keys.


A feisty agent for new music, Anne has presented contemporary programs at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Cornelia Street Café, Old First Series, and the Center for New Music, and has also performed with the Mendocino Music Festival and Nevada County Composers Cooperative on multiple occasions. Highlights of the 2017/2018 season include appearances on San Francisco’s Hot Air Festival, two recording projects involving Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Stuart Saunders Smith’s Links No. 6 with Jude Traxler, solo shows at Maybeck Studio in Berkeley and Seventh Avenue Performances in San Francisco, and a solo electronics and piano show at CNMAT in Berkeley in coordination with composer Matthew Hough. Other diverse appearances include a live radio interview on KZYX’s The Mind of the Composer, chamber music performances in Urbania, Italy, an ensemble performance on toy piano at Pier 17 for Make Music New York, a Bach Prelude and Fugue Marathon at the McRoskey Mattress Co., and shows at Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, Berkeley Artst Festival, and Bargemusic. Showcasing her musical range, Anne toured to Germany and Austria with the band CocoRosie, where she composed music to a dance premiere alongside film composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrianns. In August of 2015, she participated in the music residency program at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire with composer Danny Clay, and in February of 2016, she was in residence at the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Retreat in West Point, CA.  Anne has also worked with members of San Francisco Contemporary Players, Del Sol Quartet, Friction Quartet, Wild Rumpus, loadbang, Phonochrome, and Oracle Hysterical, among others.


Anne also performs alongside percussionist Jude Traxler as the contemporary piano-percussion duo futureCities. Anne and Jude have held a residency at Louisiana State University and played on Vicky Chow’s Contagious Sounds series. They also performed at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Princeton University, and the Kennedy Center. Anne and Jude were invited to play at the Switchboard Music Festival in San Francisco, at the Center for New Music alongside The Living Earth Show, and on a NY Sound Circuit show at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where Anne was delighted to play on Cage’s own piano.


Anne holds a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in graduate school, she studied under the tutelage of Anthony de Mare and Christopher Oldfather, who affectionately referred to her as a “special kind of extraterrestrial.” She has recorded for Original Abstractions, Bourbon Thomas Records, Pinna Records, and Oberlin Conservatory’s Aural Capacity Series. Anne also attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center during her student days. She currently teaches at her home studio in Oakland and curates a monthly contemporary music gathering called the Vernon Salon Series. When not at the piano, she can be found running long distances, watching baseball games, or playing bass and singing with her folk band, Ambiguous Brunch.