ANNE RAINWATER, PIANO
Hello, and welcome to my website!
Anne Rainwater is a pianist based in Oakland, California. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner), she performs a wide variety of contemporary music and also specialize in the works of J.S. Bach. Anne is proud of her two solo albums: Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released in 2018 and available for purchase HERE, and a new electronic album called Anywhere But Here, which features the music of Jude Traxler and can be purchased by clicking HERE. She also curates a monthly recital series which brings local artists and enthustiastic audience members together in an intimate setting. Anne is currently crafting an evening-length performance art piece with mixed media artist Victoria Welling. Together, as raising lilith, they aim to explore and provoke people’s relationships to their bodies, boundaries, and gender roles and obligations.
When not at the piano or collaborating with fellow artists, Anne can usually be found running long distances, hanging out with her fiancé and their ornery cat Ernie, or reading excessively. She believe strongly in the importance of community and using art to help and heal the Earth, and as such, she supports Oakland Animal Services, Liberation in a Generation, and the World Wildlife Fund through her involvement in Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates 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 at the piano explores hidden and overt moments of musical expression – I enjoy probing the boundaries of time, volume, speed and density as it reflects our frenetic 21st-century experiences and sensibilities. I am attracted to pieces that contain poetry, movement, electronics, vocalization, and extended pianistic techniques, and I am particularly excited to parse through dense sound textures and counterpoint in contemporary and Baroque works. From moments of outward energy to spacious introspection, I aim to bring listeners towards a deeper, collective understanding of a work’s cohesive structure and inherent ethos.