Eve Monzingo and George Lawler are a married couple who have been playing music and teaching together since they met in 2004. Both are experienced in a wide variety of styles of folk music from Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, and the Middle East. They have presented many educational workshops at Chicago area schools and universities, directed music programs for youths, and performed with a wide variety of music groups.
George Lawler is an accomplished percussionist and music producer who has been involved in the Chicago music scene for over 20 yrs. He has been playing drum set for 33 years, and is adept at many genres of percussion, from ancient to electronic, with an emphasis on styles from the Middle East and Mediterranean region. George learned the art of Middle Eastern percussion in Chicago through a 12 year mentorship with Tunisian master percussionist Najib Bhari.
George has performed music in 23 countries, toured the U.S. with Egyptian pop star Natacha Atlas, and toured Europe with Lamajamal, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and Bobby Conn. He is a founding member of Chicago’s 25 piece punk rock marching band “Mucca Pazza,”
George presents percussion workshops at Chicago Public Schools and directs a 33 piece drum line for five schools in North Lawndale. He has taught the Middle Eastern Rhythms class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and since 2007, he and his wife, Eve Monzingo have been music directors for the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society, providing musical instruction and performance for Greek and Balkan folk dance. George teaches darbuka and riq lessons in Chicago and is a first call for Chicago darbuka players.
Other genres George has performed extensively include: Afro-Cuban percussion (L’Orchestre Super Vitesse, Occidental Brothers, Roccambu jazz), Chinese surf-pop (Red Chamber), electronic music (Frequency Lab, Tranquility Bass), reggae (DaDa Do, Family of Souls), and indie rock (Dan Wallace, Bobby Conn), along with his hobbies, ragtime piano and Spanish guitar. At his home studio, George records music, and has produced and engineered albums for Lamajamal, Byzantine Time Machine, Intercultural Music Production, and Funkar International.
Eve Monzingo is a talented multi-instrumentalist who specializes in folk music of the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. She has performed in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, England and France with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Die Naye Kaplye, (both Jewish folk music groups) and Lamajamal (mid-eastern/balkan music). Eve has also toured the U.S. with the Mucca Pazza and Lamajamal.
Eve is passionate about music education and has presented music workshops and assemblies at many schools around Chicago. Since 2007, she has been the musical director for the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society’s youth and adult Greek folk music groups. Eve has taught group ensembles and workshops at the Old Town School of Music, KlezKanada in Montreal, the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University. She taught private lessons on piano, clarinet, flute and saxophone at Leapin’ Lyrics Music School in Geneva Illinois for eight years and currently teaches private lessons from her home in Chicago.
Eve began her journey into folk music by earning the Ethnic Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the Illinois Art Council to study Greek clarinet music under Jim Stoynoff when she was still a teenager. She then went on to earn scholarships to attend various folk music conferences, including the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Culture (commonly call Klezcamps), the Eastern European Folklife Group’s Balkan Music and Dance Camps, and Simon Shaheen’s Arabic Music Retreat.
Eve received her degree from Roosevelt University where she studied classical composition and music theory with Dr. Robert Lombardo. Her composition credits include 1st prize in the American Jewish Song Festival (1994), 2nd prize in the Midwest American Chapter of Women Composers competition (1996), and 2nd prize for her string quartet in the Virginia and Seymour LaRock Composition Competition (2001). Her compositions are featured on the recordings “Sweet Home Bukovina” by the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble (1996) and “Trumpets” by the Amsterdam based klezmer group, DiFidl-Kapelye(2006).
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