The Crypt Sessions


Crypt Lab Series

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

Wine & Cheese Reception:
7:00 - 8:00PM
Concert: 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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the long version

Equal parts passion, grit, and musical ecstasy, Sybarite5 string quintet offer an intoxicating cocktail of post-genre musical goodness and virtuosity. For their three-night Crypt Lab residency, they'll focus their considerable talents on a series of programs with musical roots that range from classical to rock, jazz to reggae, Armenian folk to the avant-garde, and everything in between. The performances will include world premiere works by Curtis Stewart, Mikael Karlsson, Andres Martin, Laura Kaminsky, Kamala Sankaram, David T. Little, and Martin Hennessy with a guest appearance from acclaimed vocalist Blythe Gaissert.

The short version

Hear this fabulous fivesome cook up a mouth-watering gumbo of genre-jumping musical magic in the Crypt.

The Program

The Music

November 28, 2023

This evening's program will include the premiere of two works by Andres Martin & the premiere of Mangas for quintet by Curtis & Elektra Stewart.

November 29, 2023

Sybarite5 will be joined by special guest Blythe Gaissert and perform premieres from Kamala Sankaram, Martin Hennessey, David T. Little and give the New York premiere of Apartments by Jackson Greenberg.

November 30, 2023

This program will include the premiere of Overflow by Laura Kaminsky and premiere a new reimagining of Mahler by Sybarite5.

Official programs to be announced from the stage each night!

Check out the tracks from Sybarite5's new album Collective Wisdom HERE

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The Artists

The Performers


Equal parts passion, grit, and musical ecstasy, Sybarite5 is an intoxicating cocktail of post-genre musical goodness expressed through the virtuosity of violinists Sami Merdinian & Suliman Tekalli; violist Caeli Smith; cellist Laura Andrade; and double bassist Louis Levitt. It’s the first ensemble of its kind to win the prestigious Concert Artists Guild competition and the group is constantly evolving, defying categorization, and keeping audiences on their toes.The group has performed in 44 states and counting, from the Library of Congress, (Washington DC) to Anchorage Concert Association, (Alaska) as well as concerts in Sybarite5’s home of New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, Le Poisson Rouge, the Cell Theatre, and in late 2023, as part of Death of Classical’s “The Crypt Sessions”series. Sybarite5 has also appeared at festivals including Ravinia, Grand Teton, Aspen, Caramoor, Wolf Trap, Interlochen, Chautauqua and many others. International appearances include Canada’s Tuckamore Music Festival and ChamberFest Ottawa, the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina, and the Osaka Festa in Osaka, Japan.Dubbed “the millennial Kronos” (Theater Jones), Sybarite5 is chamber music’s most dynamic ensemble taking listeners on a musical journey of staggering breadth and depth with new works by living composers, as well as the group’s favorite selections from Radiohead, Coltrane, Komitas, Piazzolla, and Pete Seeger... but as Strings Magazine says “that doesn’t even begin to describe the range of their eclecticism or the depth of their repertoire."