Saturday, Dec. 8th, 7PM (doors at 6:30)

Brilliantly played Brazilan Choro from Rio Con Brio

Rio Con Brio began in 2006 as a vehicle for virtuoso mandolinist Tim Connell to indulge his burgeoning obsession with the Brazilian national music “choro”.  Joined by fellow gypsy jazz string player Mike Burdette, the two soon accumulated a large repertoire of these quirky instrumental tunes from early 20th Century Brazil – predecessor of sambabossa nova and MPB – complex yet accessible, exotic yet familiar – and all addictively danceable.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with over twenty years professional performing experience, Tim Connell has created a sophisticated and original global mandolin style.  Regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of Brazilian choro, Tim has also developed his own unique voice for the instrument, described in a recent Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”

Tim regularly tours Europe and North America in the international mandolin supergroup The Ger Mandolin Orchestra. He has been a featured guest artist at national conventions of the Classical Mandolin Society of America; he has been on staff at the prestigious Mandolin Symposium for several years and performs and teaches all over the country.

Mike Burdette has been performing Brazilian choro and gypsy jazz guitar for the past decade with many of Portland’s best, including Tim ConnellJason OkamotoDavid Stassens, and Joseph Appel. His pursuit of excellence in these styles has led him to study with many of today’s leading players, including Mike Marshall and Choro FamosoDudu MaiaDouglas Lora, and Don Stiernberg. He also builds and repairs instruments for many of Portland’s finest players at Portland Fretworks, and pickers throughout the Northwest enjoy playing on frets he has installed. He lives in rural Newberg, Oregon, with his beautiful wife, Katherine, his chickens, his two cats that do not get along, and his honeybees.

The Peninsula Arts Center is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, WA. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling Bill at (360) 901-0962.

Wine, beer, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.