The Baryshnikov Arts Center presents OWLS at the Howard Gilman Performance Space, October 17-18

Baryshnikov Art Center presents Owls, a self-proclaimed “new kind of quartet”, on Monday October 17 and Tuesday October 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at his Howard Gilman Performance Space.

The quartet is made up of violinist Alexi Kenney (recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Scholarship), violist Ayane Kozasa (founding member of the Aizuri Quartet), cellist Gabriel Cabezas (Sphinx Medal of Excellence) and cellist-composer Paul Wiancko (named one of the members of the Kronos 50 for the Future quartet) who will perform original arrangements that reimagine works by composers spanning three centuries. Drawing from a deep well of passions and musical horizons, Owls weaves new compositions with original arrangements of music ranging from baroque to jazz, allowing them to access beautiful and exhilarating new sonic worlds. Known for their quirky, visceral, and personal performances, Owls challenges the way meaningful concert experiences are crafted.

The program includes When the Night by Paul Wiancko, member of the Owls, which is inspired by the first line of Ben E. King‘s Stand By Me, and Vox Petra, a double duet inspired by Isamu Noguchiiconic stone carvings. In addition, the program includes Korea chick‘s Children’s Song No. 12; the requests of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh; The Mysterious Barricades by François Couperin; Good Medicine by Terry Riley; and Trollstilt’s Ridecar (Monica Mugan and Dan Trueman).


Monday, October 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday October 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Baryshnikov Art Center
Howard Gilman Performance Space
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Alexi Kenney, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Paul Wiancko, cello

Tickets are available for $20 at BACNYC.ORG

Korea chick: Children’s Song No. 12 (1984)
PAUL WIANCKO: Vox Petra (2018)
FRANÇOIS COUPERIN: The Mysterious Barricades (1717)
PAUL WIANCKO : When the night (2018)
TERRY RILEY: Good Medicine (1986)

Drawing from a deep well of passions and musical horizons, Owls is a collective of quartets 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 unusually fierce creative spirit that drives the quartet to question how the experiences of significant concert are designed. While weaving new compositions with original musical arrangements spanning the 1600s to the present day, Owls’ distinctive instrumentation allows them to access beautiful and exhilarating new worlds of sound, ensuring that every performance is unique and limitless. .

Violinist Alexi Kenney is forging a career that defies categorization. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Fellowship and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Kenney has performed as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne and as guest conductor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

As a recitalist, Kenney has performed at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie HallMostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Phillips Collection, 92nd Street Y, and much more. In 2021, he released his first commercial recording, X Suite for Solo Violin by Paul Wiancko, accompanied by a visual album that combines each of the seven movements of X Suite with seven contemporary sculptures. Kenney has been featured in Musical America, Strings Magazine and The New York Times, and has written for The Strad.

As a chamber musician, Kenney tours regularly with musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed at numerous festivals including Bridgehampton, Caramoor, ChamberFest Cleveland, Chamber Music Northwest, Napa Valley Festival, La Jolla, Ojai, Kronberg, [email protected], Ravinia and Spoleto. Kenney graduated from the New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.

Viola player Ayane Kozasa is a chamber musician, collaborator and educator. Winner of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, Kozasa has been praised for her “magnetic, expansive sound” and “rock-solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Kozasa is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, which was the 2018 quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the overall winner of the Osaka International String Quartet Competition and the MPrize Chamber Arts Competition. The Aizuri Quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award and named one of NPR’s Top 10 Classic Albums of 2018. In 2020, the quartet launched AizuriKids, an interactive children’s web series that explores relationships between music and themes ranging from astrophysics to cooking. .

In 2022, Kozasa joined the viola faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She previously taught at Adelphi University on Long Island and was a visiting professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Kozasa is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Kronberg Academy and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied viola with Misha Amory, Roberto Díaz, Nobuko Imai and Kirsten Docter.

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas is a true 21st century musician. A prolific and sought-after soloist and collaborator, he is equally at ease with the interpretation of new works as with the pillar scores of the cello repertoire. Cabezas performed with America’s top symphony orchestras and premiered dozens of new works by some of the most brilliant composers of his time. He recently released Lost Coast, a dynamic album of original music composed by Gabriella Smith, inspired by his thoughts on the devastating effects of climate change. The album was named Favorite Album of 2021 by NPR and The New York Times.

Cabezas is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, the quartet collective Owls, and co-founder of Duende, a new music and contemporary dance collective. In 2016, Cabezas received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, a career scholarship given to extraordinary black and Latino classical musicians. Cabezas studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under Carter Brey.

Paul Wiancko is a composer, cellist and serial collaborator. One of The Washington Post’s “22 for ’22”, Wiancko has worked closely with artists ranging from Max Richter, Korea chickand norah jones to members of the Emerson, Guarneri, JACK and Kronos quartets – to bands like Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors and The National. Chosen as one of the Kronos Quartet’s “50 for the Future” alongside composers like Philip Glass and Laurie AndersonWiancko’s own music was recently celebrated in The New York Times’ 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love String Quartets and has been featured on numerous albums, including the Aizuri Quartet’s GRAMMY-nominated Blueprinting.

Wiancko was composer-in-residence at Spoleto Festival United States, Music From Angel Fire, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Twickenham, and the Portland, Piedmont, Newburyport and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals. He has composed works for the St. Lawrence, Kronos, Aizuri, Parker, Calder, Attacca Quartets, yMusic, Alexi Kenney, Tessa Lark and many others. Wiancko currently writes and performs as a member of the viola and cello duo Ayane & Paul and the quartet collective Owls.

BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by the artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov who sought to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists of all disciplines. The opening of BAC in 2005 marked the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists around the world. BAC’s activities encompass a robust residency program complemented by a range of professional services, including commissions for new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at different stages of their careers. Along with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary and innovative works at affordable ticket prices.