BalkanFest 2022

Mark your calendars — Dates and venues are set for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties!

East Coast:
August 5, 2022
Village Community School Sky Yard
West Village, Manhattan, NY

August 6, 2022
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Astoria, NY

West Coast:
September 9-10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza
San Francisco, CA

Many more details to come. Stay tuned!


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Partners

The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.

Mavrothi Kontanis

Greek Singing, Makam Theory

Mavrothi Kontanis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher born and raised in the U.S., with roots in Halkidiki, Greece. Mavrothi’s main instrument is the oud. 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. 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. Mavrothi lives in New Jersey.

Websites: MTKontanis Music; Oud Café

Purchase CDs: CD Baby