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Joe Rainey & Owls

Friday | February 3 2023 | 7:30 pm


Part of the Ecstatic Music series

“You’ve never heard anything quite like Joe Rainey’s avant-garde Pow Wow music.” – Pitchfork

Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey performs his debut collection of songs on his newly-released album Niineta (released on 37d03d), backed by electronics and Owls, arranged by collaborators Andrew Broder & William Brittelle. The album is a landmark in modern indigenous music, with bold, electrifying songs that recontextualize the ancient Pow Wow sound in strange, new in-between places.

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. The New York Times has called Owls “a dream group,” and each member is 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 theirs and without limits.

This project was developed by Liquid Music and commissioned by Kaufman Music Center, The Great Nothern, and Cedar Cultural Center.

$15 student tickets are available by phone or in person. Call the box office at 212 501 3330.

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