mild mannered rebel  musicians


Mavrothi Kontanis - voice  oud  guitars  baglamas  tambourobouzouko

Mavrothi Kontanis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher born and raised in the US, 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 yet complementary experiences as both a Greek and an American, Mavrothi creates music that is both Eastern and Western; old and new. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks and is the founder of both the Maeandros Ensemble and Mild Mannered Rebel.

Megan Gould - acoustic & electric violin  viola

Megan Gould (violin) is one of NYC's most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek and popular music. Her comfort within a wide range of styles, her responsiveness to other musicians on stage, and a soulful improvisational style make Megan a sought-after element in many musical projects. Since completing a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology (with a concentration on the Middle East) from the University of London, she has performed around the world in cities as far-flung as Paris, London, Budapest, Copenhagen and Dubai, and has toured extensively throughout the US, appearing at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and on TV and radio broadcasts for NBC, PBS, MTV and NPR. She has performed onstage with popular artists such as David Byrne, John Mellencamp, Sean Lennon and Donovan, and with jazz notables Fabian Almazan, Wayne Horvitz and Jenny Scheinman. Her work has appeared on many and varied recordings and film soundtracks for artists including Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Metallica and Nico Muhly. While taking on a significant amount of freelance work, her ongoing positions include Assistant Music Director of the New York Arabic Orchestra under Lebanese master musician Bassam Saba, a founding member of the Maeandros Ensemble, and the violinist for the popular Greek band Mikrokosmos.

Shane Shanahan - drum set & percussion

Shane Shanahan has cultivated his own unique and highly sought after sound by combining his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock and Western art music. His interest in other cultures has lead to extended visits to Turkey, India, and Tajikistan, among others. Shane’s rare set of diverse skills is what attracted Yo-Yo Ma when he was forming the Silk Road Ensemble. In the summer of 2000, Shane was invited to Tanglewood where he played an important role in the formation of the group. Ever since, he has been touring around the globe performing side-by-side with Mr. Ma as an original member of the award-winning Silk Road Ensemble. Shane's playing can be heard on all three of the ensemble's top-selling recordings for the SonyBMG label and the two most recent albums feature his arranging skills, as well. These arrangements have brought ecstatic audience to their feet in the top concert halls of North America, Europe and Asia. Shane can also be seen and heard on Mr. Ma's Grammy Award winning holiday CD/DVD release "Songs of Joy."

Brian Holtz - upright & electric bass

Brian Holtz is a versatile and in demand freelance bassist (electric, upright, and synth bass) in New York City. He has performed across the United States, Holland, France, England, the Caribbean, and has appeared at major festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL), South-by-Southwest (Austin, TX), and the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, among others. As a studio musician, he has appeared on many albums, commercials, and music for television. When not touring or recording, he can generally be found performing nightly in the New York City Area.

Eva Salina Primack - guest vocalist

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Eva Salina Primack has been immersed in Balkan music and culture since she was a young child. She has studied with some of the greatest living singers of Balkan traditional music. Eva’s rich, versatile, agile, deep and powerful voice and her enthusiastic, skillful, inspired and inspiring teaching have led her to quickly become a reknowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of Traditional Balkan Vocal music.