Mavrothi Kontanis & the Maeandros Ensemble
The youngish Greek-American oud player Mavrothi Kontanis and his terrific quintet (featuring Greek clarinet star Lefteris Bournias) breathe new life into the Smyrneika cabaret sound and bluesier rebetika standards of pre-war Greece. Emotional yet virtuosic, Kontanis and company unwind their sensuous dance tunes and nostalgic laments with vigor and deliberation, reimagining a world in which Greek, Turkish, and Armenian styles blend together. With Bill Carney's Jug Addicts.
Fri., Nov. 13, 8 & 10 p.m., 2009
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