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Maeandros Ensemble, NYC, 19 Dec 2010

Meandros EnsembleSun Dec 19th, 3pm
Meandros Ensemble

3pm Concert, 2pm workshop/masterclass, free with admission
Sixth Street Synagogue: 325 East Sixth Street (b/n 1st and 2nd Ave)

The Maeandros Ensemble, led by oud player and vocalist Mavrothi Kontanis, combines lively traditional and innovative sounds from Greece and the Near East in high energy, emotional performances. Featuring a talented line-up of musicians, including Lefteris Bournias on clarinet, Megan Gould on violin, and Timothy Quigley on percussion, each concert highlights the group’s deep love and respect for the folk and urban songs of the early 20th Century Aegean, while simultaneously pushing the musical limits of that tradition with virtuosic improvisations and the ensemble’s own original compositions.

Maeandros has performed concerts and led educational seminars at prestigious venues and institutions throughout the US. Maeandros will be presenting an educational workshop at 6th Street Sundays for those interested in learning more about the music and culture of the Aegean Sea region, including background on the instruments, rhythms, musical modes and history behind this beautiful and unique musical tradition.

At 2pm Maeandros will present a workshop structured for people who have some familiarity with music, although anyone with an interest in Greek music is welcome. Our presentation will include a performance of a few songs, explanations of the historical and geographical context of the music, and a brief description of the instruments. We will include some audience participation with rhythms and singing, and for those with more advanced musical knowledge, we will briefly discuss the structure of the makams (musical modes), and ornamentation. The workshop will conclude with a brief question and answer period.

Cover $15 (includes a free drink).

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