ANNE RAINWATER, PIANO
Hello, and welcome to my website!
I am a pianist from Oakland, California. I perform a lot of contemporary music and also specialize in the works of J.S. Bach. In 2018, I recorded my own version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which is my first solo album! It is available for purchase HERE. I also just released another solo album in July of 2020, titled Anywhere But Here, which features the music of Jude Traxler. It can be purchased by clicking HERE. I am proud to curate a monthly recital series which brings local artists and enthustiastic audience members together in an intimate setting. Right now, I am crafting an evening-length performance art piece with mixed media artist Victoria Welling. Together, as raising lilith, we aim to explore and provoke people’s relationships to their bodies, boundaries, and gender roles and obligations.
When I’m not playing the piano or collaborating with fellow artists, I can usually be found running long distances, hanging out with my fiancé and our ornery cat Ernie, or reading excessively. I believe strongly in the importance of community and using art to help and heal the Earth, and as such, I support Oakland Animal Services, Liberation in a Generation, and the World Wildlife Fund through my 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.