ANNE RAINWATER, PIANO
Anne Rainwater is a pianist, curator and educational artist based in the Bay Area, California. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner), she performs a wide variety of contemporary music and also specializes in the works of J.S. Bach. Anne has released two solo albums – J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (2018) and the electronic album Anywhere But Here (2020), which features the music of Jude Traxler. She curates a monthly recital series which brings local artists and enthustiastic audience members together in an intimate setting. Anne is also working on her first book, which is an exploration of the internal and external ecosystems that contribute to the understanding, practicing, and performing of music.
Highlights of her 2022/2023 season include speaking and performing engagements at the University of Baltimore, San Francisco State, and UC Berkeley, a joint, 4-school residency in the Philadelphia area with her duo partner William Lang, and an appearance on the Cal Performances Series with the Eco Ensemble. When not at the piano or writing, she is running long distances, playing tennis, reading, or obsessively watching baseball. She believes strongly in the importance of using art to help and heal the Earth, and as such, is part of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donate a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care deeply about. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss potential lessons, musical collaboration, or anything else.
My work explores hidden and overt moments of musical joy, wonder and whimsy. I enjoy probing the boundaries of time, speed and density as they reflect our frenetic, contemporary experiences. I tend towards works that include movement, electronics, vocalization, and extended pianistic techniques, and I particularly delight in exploring dense textures in contemporary and Baroque works. In my writing and teaching, I foster a detailed understanding of a work’s structural and expressive trajectory. As a performer, I guide audiences towards a deeper, collective experience, from moments of introspection to outward exhilaration.
The album Dharmaland was released on June 11th, 2021. Resurrected from eden ahbez’s unrecorded sheet music, c. 1961-63, the Swedish band Ìxtahuele has woven an enchanted tapestry of mystic exotica and experimental pop that re-establishes the songwriter as a forefather of psychedelic music and brings his work into the present. They are joined by a host of guest artists, including yours truly on two tracks. Please click on the image to purchase the album.
Arc Duet is excited to be a part of Rob Shelton’s new self-released record, released May 1st, 2020 on Bandcamp. Rob took vintage modular synths and combined them with the original piano parts from Steve Reich’s iconic piece 8 Lines (1978), allowing him to produce a beautiful new sound world. The second half of the record is, in Rob’s own words, “an original, large ensemble spliced-up ambient-ish piece called the seer.” This album was produced by James Riotto and Mark Clifford. Please click on the image to purchase the album.