Greek Judas, Gato Loco & Mavrothi Kontanis
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
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Greek Judas plays Rebetika, the Greek equivalent of American blues of the 20's and 30's.
These are songs of the disenfranchised Greeks forced to emigrate back to their homeland from Turkey.
They brought back with them the music of Turkey, and a culture of illegal drug use.
Incarceration in prisons of torture was routine. The song titles convey their sense:
Why I Smoke Cocaine, I'm A Junkie, Two Mangas In Jail, The Smugglers…
There are love songs, too.
Greek Judas is Quince Marcum, vocals, Wade Ripka, guitar and lap steel guitar,
Adam Good, guitar, Nick Cudahy, bass, Chris Stromquist, drums.
Gato Loco was born on the streets of New York City. It's exotic and foreign, yet it's urban and familiar. This ten-piece assault force resembles a mambo band thrown into an arena of rock. Formed in 2006 by NYC native Stefan Zeniuk, joined by TubaJoe Exley and Clifton Hyde, this "Dancehall Leviathan" has received outrageous acclaim across Europe over the last year. "Just waiting to catch fire onstage" (Sud Ouest, France), "Exotic yet simultaneously urban" (Le Monde, France), "A real barnburner" (Paris DJs), "This band brims with enthusiasm and sounds like the orgasmic lovemaking between James Brown and Tito Puente" (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands).
Gato Loco's recent release, simply entitled "Gato Loco" is on Munich's Winter and Winter records, chronicles a live outdoor show on the steps of a wine chateau in Bordeaux, France during the summer of 2010. FAREWELL TO NORMAL SCENE celebrates the official USA release of this recording
Mavrothi T. Kontanis
Mavrothi Kontanis 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.