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Watch Susan’s Appearance with Scott Yoo on the acclaimed new PBS series, ‘Now Hear This,’ from Friday, Oct. 2. See It Here.
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Bassist, composer, and educator Susan Cahill has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1997. A world-travelling musician, Susan has devoted herself to the continuing practice, study and composition of music for the double bass.

Ms. Cahill is the co-director of MAS Eclectic Concerts, a non-profit series dedicated to the fusion of classical chamber traditions with other forms of music, spoken word, and performance art.

A Chicago native, she’s a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.

Having recorded with prestigious artists such as Scott Yoo, Ms. Cahill is pleased to announce her appearance with him on the all-new PBS series, Now Hear This, presented by Great Performances. Focusing strictly on classical music, it is the first show of its kind on prime-time American television in 50 years.

Susan has performed as soloist with orchestras and at festivals and conferences across the U.S. Her extensive experience has inspired music directors around the country to seek out her expertise and share her insights into the world of the double bass.

Travelling internationally, Ms. Cahill performs a multitude of diverse music styles including classical, folk, jazz and rock. Her primary focus, outside of her classical work, has been with two groups; Grande Orquesta Navarre, which she co-founded with Tom Hagerman from Devotchka. They perform tango, classical and original works (Click here to listen). Extasis is the second; an Argentinian tango group that has performed on three continents. Both accomplished groups can be heard on Colorado Public Radio.

Known for their American Roots music style, The Boulder Acoustic Society also had the benefit of Susan’s talents and creativity. In fact, this versatile multi-instrumentalist stepped out of her traditional role and recorded on cello for the group’s CD ‘8th Color’ alongside her percussionist husband, Scott Higgins, who was a member of the group for many years. You could often find the Boulder Acoustic Society on NPR performing one of Mr. Higgins’ original pieces (co-written by Kalin Yong), ‘Morning By The River.’ (Click here to listen)

 When travelling, Susan often conducts master classes to aspiring young musicians, to help train and encourage the next generation of bassists.

An active clinician, Ms. Cahill has given presentations at the Bass2010 convention in Berlin and at multiple International Society of Double Bassists conventions. Being a part of the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, Susan is proud to inspire students to follow their passion while honing their skills.  She has taught and performed at Festicamara Medellín, a festival promoting music instruction for the youth of Colombia.

Bassist, composer, and educator Susan Cahill has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1997. A world-travelling musician, Susan has devoted herself to the continuing practice, study and composition of music for the double bass.

Ms. Cahill is the co-director of MAS Eclectic Concerts, a non-profit series dedicated to the fusion of classical chamber traditions with other forms of music, spoken word, and performance art.

A Chicago native, she’s a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.

Having recorded with prestigious artists such as Scott Yoo, Ms. Cahill is pleased to announce her appearance with him on the all-new PBS series, Now Hear This, presented by Great Performances. Focusing strictly on classical music, it is the first show of its kind on prime-time American television in 50 years.

Susan has performed as soloist with orchestras and at festivals and conferences across the U.S. Her extensive experience has inspired music directors around the country to seek out her expertise and share her insights into the world of the double bass.

Travelling internationally, Ms. Cahill performs a multitude of diverse music styles including classical, folk, jazz and rock. Her primary focus, outside of her classical work, has been with two groups; Grande Orquesta Navarre, which she co-founded with Tom Hagerman from Devotchka. They perform tango, classical and original works (Click here to listen). Extasis is the second; an Argentinian tango group that has performed on three continents. Both accomplished groups can be heard on Colorado Public Radio.

Known for their American Roots music style, The Boulder Acoustic Society also had the benefit of Susan’s talents and creativity. In fact, this versatile multi-instrumentalist stepped out of her traditional role and recorded on cello for the group’s CD ‘8th Color’ alongside her percussionist husband, Scott Higgins, who was a member of the group for many years. You could often find the Boulder Acoustic Society on NPR performing one of Mr. Higgins’ original pieces (co-written by Kalin Yong), ‘Morning By The River.’ (Click here to listen)

 When travelling, Susan often conducts master classes to aspiring young musicians, to help train and encourage the next generation of bassists.

An active clinician, Ms. Cahill has given presentations at the Bass2010 convention in Berlin and at multiple International Society of Double Bassists conventions. Being a part of the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, Susan is proud to inspire students to follow their passion while honing their skills.  She has taught and performed at Festicamara Medellín, a festival promoting music instruction for the youth of Colombia.

Testimonials

"The amazing Susan Cahill made the double bass sing with a marvelously, disembodied, woody timbre." - Colorado Springs Gazette re: Bottesini Concerta #2

"Susan Cahill is a wonderful double bassist, and there is no question that her technique and tone production are phenomenal. I marveled at her ability to perform some of the high notes that this arrangement requires. Her playing is immensely lyrical and warm. The slow second movement is quite introverted, and I was most impressed by the remarkably delicate sound that she produced. Even the last movement, which is marked allegretto, was very sensitively done. Ms. Cahill avoided the usual display of virtuosity and allowed the music to speak for itself. The sensitivity with which she played this work reminded me of my undergraduate days when I first heard it performed by Fritz Magg and pianist Walter Robert." - Opus Colorada re Schubert Arpeggione Sonata

"Breathtaking" - Colorado Springs Gazette re Jacob Druckman: Valentine

“… (an) engaging minute of trombone-double bass magic courtesy of composer Edward Elgar, John Rojak, and Susan Cahill.” - Colorado Springs Gazette re: Elgar Duetto for Trombone and Bass

"Special mention must be made of how bassist Susan Cahill provided the foundation and depth for the overall sound while never overpowering the balance." - Colorado Springs Gazette re: Brahms Serenade #1

Sonata for Double Bass and iTunes User Agreement

Susan Cahill/Jon Wilkerson | Festival Mozaic 2018

Jon and I first conceived of the Sonata for Double Bass and iTunes User Agreement in 2015. We had worked together on two other pieces that feature bass and actor, and determined that it was time to create our own piece.

Failing, a Very Difficult Piece for String Bass, by Tom Johnson

Susan Cahill, bass

Failing is notable for including an explanation of itself during its performance. It comes out of that weird time in the ’70s when everyone was writing performance-art music. Think Yoko Ono, with more melody and humor. And since I talk continuously for 11 minutes while playing, I consider myself safer from age-related cognition problems every time I play it.

Astor Piazzolla - Kicho

Susan Cahill, bass
Abigel Kralik, violin
John Novacek, piano
Adrian Jost, bandoneon

Astor Piazzolla wrote this piece for Kicho Diaz as a tribute to the famous tango bass player. Kicho was a a member of Piazzolla’s ensemble, Quinteto, as well as a prominent bassist for many other tango orchestras. In this performance, I am playing an improvised solo based off of the solo part that Piazolla wrote for Kicho Diaz, and features the amazing bandoneon work of Adrian Jost as well as beautiful playing by Abi Kralik on violin and John Novacek on piano.