Mantis currently owns and operates the Indaba Music Studio in NYC and continues to work with emerging and world-class artists such as Wyclef Jean, Bootsy Collins and Vernon Reid. This 40-year music industry veteran is a well respected inspiration throughout the world-wide music community with musical dedications such as Where’s Mantis Evar? (Canada), Mantis (France) and Lord Mantis (Germany) all charting in their prospective territories. As a musician he has performed live with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joey DeFrancesco. While home acted as studio manager for TKO Recording Studios eventually setting focus on live sound where he has worked with Dr. Billy Taylor and Freddie Hubbard. As audio consultant for Sam Ash Music, Mantis has designed and maintained sound systems for many top New York City nightclubs including the Limelight, Palladium and The Tunnel as well as live concert systems used by Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses. After a few years at Capitol Records working with Beastie Boys, Butthole Surfers, Yoko Ono and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mantis transferred to Blue Note Records where his list of credits grew to include Norah Jones, Joe Chambers, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Pat Martino and Chucho Valdes. During a two-year residence at hallowed jazz shrine Village Vanguard, Evar recorded jazz greats such as Martial Solal, Greg Osby, Jim Hall, Bill Charlap, Bill Frisell, the Chucho Valdes Quartet and many others.