The Crypt Sessions


Owls (CAG CryptFest)

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

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

The performance includes an hourlong wine & cheese reception before we descend to the Crypt.

Proof of Vaccination will be required, and we request that audience members wear masks during the performance.

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the long version

What’s old is made new again if the members of Owls have anything to say about it. Each an artistic force in their own right, Alexi Kenney, Ayane Kozasa, Gabriel Cabezas and Paul Wiancko endeavor to give new meaning to the so-called “traditional concert experience” with their fierce interpretations of an endlessly-eclectic repertoire. We welcome these label-defying sound sorcerers to the Death of Classical stage for a performance that will be as exhilarating as it is limitless.

The short version

It’s bound to get a little toasty in the Crypt once this fiery foursome emerges from the dramatically-curated shadows…

The Program

The Music

Paul Wiancko (b.1983): “Vox Petra”
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (b.1947): “Rǝqs (Dance)”
François Couperin (1668-1733): “Les Barricades Mysterieuses”
Trollstilt (Dan Trueman/Monica Mugan): Ricercar
Terry Riley (b.1935): “Good Medicine”

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The Artists

The Performers


Drawing from a deep well of musical passions and backgrounds, Owls is a quartet collective that defies expectations and labels with original, visceral, and personal performances. Each an artistic force in their own right, violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and cellist-composer Paul Wiancko share an uncommonly fierce creative spirit which drives the quartet to challenge the way meaningful concert experiences are conceived. While weaving together new compositions with original arrangements of music ranging from the 1600s to the present, Owls' distinctive instrumentation allows them access to beautiful and exhilarating new sound worlds—effectively guaranteeing that each performance is uniquely them and without limits.

                                                                Alexi Kenney, violin
                                                                Ayane Kozasa,
                                                                Gabe Cabezas,
                                                                Paul Wiancko,