Musical Performance: Mavrothi Kontanis and the Maeandros Ensemble

Fri, May 25, 2012 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Mavrothi Kontanis and the Maeandros Ensemble will be performing a mixed repertoire of original music along with traditional songs from Greece and Turkey. The concert will feature Lefteris Bournias on clarinet, Megan Gould on violin, Mavrothi Kontanis on oud and voice, and special guest Shane Shanahan on percussion.

The Maeandros Ensemble features:

Lefteris Bournias - clarinet
Megan Gould - violin
Mavrothi T. Kontanis - oud & voice

with special guest

Shane Shanahan
- percussion

Doors open at 8:30pm, performance at 9pm

Tickets: $20 General (buy now*)| $15 (buy now*) Members, Seniors, Students - available at the door or online.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)


About the Musicians

Lefteris Bournias (clarinet) was born in the US and currently resides in Queens, NY, but he has lived in Greece as well and has been a clarinetist since the age of 11. Lefteris was fortunate to live near a famous gypsy clarinetist, Mr. Vasilis Soukas, and he soon frequented his house for lessons while attending the Athens Conservatory of Music under the guidance of clarinetist Mr. Farandatos. While returning to New York with his family, Lefteris attended the Aaron Copeland School of Music earning a B.A. in Performance, and a Masters of Science in Music Education and attempted a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (still pending!). Lefteris has performed and recorded with many highly acclaimed singers and musicians, amongst them, The New York Pops (under the direction of Skitch Henderson), New York Philarmonic, En hordes, Uri Cane, Charles Genus, Henry Hay, Matt Garisson, Gene Lake, Charles Blesing,Steve Haas, Elektra Ensemble, Nikos and Giasemi Saragoudas, Spiros Exaras Band, Avram Pengas Noga Group, Ara Dinkjian, Uri Yunakoff, Omar Faruk Tekbelik, Okay Temiz, Selim Sesler ,Takis Zaharatos, Hristos Antoniadis, Stathis Aggelopoulos, Eleni Legaki, Nikos Hatzopoulos, Makis Hristodoulopoulos, Pitsa Papadopoulou, Peggy Zina, Doukissa and many more. As a diverse musician, Lefteris' style combines Greek traditional, Gypsy, Classical, Turkish Gypsy, and elements of Jazz (rhythmical and harmonic). With a special sound that eminates from his clarinet, he is a wanted man in the recording field and in live festivals, gigs, etc.

Megan Gould (violin) is one of NYC’s foremost performers of Arabic and Greek music. She holds a Violin Performance degree from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology (with a concentration on the Middle East) from the University of London. In London, she studied with Egyptian violinist Ahmed Mukhtar and performed Persian classical music with the Naghmeh Ensemble. She has performed around the world in such cities as Paris, London, Budapest, Copenhagen and Dubai, and has appeared nationwide at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. She has appeared on many and varied recordings and film soundtracks for artists such as Philip Glass, Yungchen Lhamo, Bassam Saba, Ani Difranco and Lou Reed, and on television and radio broadcasts for NBC, PBS, MTV and NPR. Currently she resides in the New York City area, where she performs and records with groups ranging from traditional Arabic to pop.

Mavrothi Kontanis (oud & voice) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher born and raised in the US, but with roots in Halkidiki, Greece. Mavrothi's main instrument is the oud, and he has studied and performed with many of the world's top players, including Münir N. Beken, Emin Gündüz, John Berberian, Kyriakos Kalaitzides, Yurdal Tokcan, Joseph and James Tawadros and Ara Dinkjian, among others. His passion for performing is matched by his love of teaching and composing music. By keeping an open mind and drawing from his diverse experiences as both a Greek and an American, Mavrothi creates music that is both Eastern and Western, old and new. Mavrothi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks, and is the leader and founding member of the Maeandros Ensemble.

Since 2000, percussionist Shane Shanahan has been touring around the globe performing with Yo-Yo Ma as an original member of Grammy-Nominated Silk Road Ensemble. He can also be heard and seen on Mr. Ma's Grammy Award Winning holiday CD/DVD release, "Songs of Joy And Peace." He has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Deep Purple, Simon Shaheen, Jordi Savall, Sonny Fortune, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, and Glen Velez, among others. He was also one of two featured musicians in Sam Medes’ 2010 Bridge Project. Shane has been seen/heard on TV and radio throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including appearances on David Letterman, The Colbert Report, and Good Morning America. He has taught and/or presented workshop at universities around the world including Princeton, Harvard, and NYU. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's Degree from The Hartt School.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2012-05-11 13:39:30

Mavrothi Kontanis
Mavrothi Kontanis
Megan Gould
Megan Gould
Lefteris Bournias
Lefteris Bournias
Shane Shanahan
Shane Shanahan

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