Tim Connell, Mandolin with Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Tim Connell, Mandolin with Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Friday, Nov 20th, 2015

8 PM


RSVP for Tim Connell, Mandolin with Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Please join us on Friday November 20 when Avonova presents Tim Connell with the Berkeley Choro Ensemble.  The show starts at 8 PM and the admission is $20.  Doors open at 7:15.  Band members include Tim Connell, mandolin;Jane Lenoir, flute Ricardo Peixoto, guitar and Brian Rice, percussion.

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble is a group of world-class musicians from the SF Bay Area that made its debut in January, 2010, at the Berkeley Public Library. The group celebrates the music, culture and history of Brazil, with a special emphasis on the Choro genre, a style of music which emerged in the 1800’s in Brazil, fusing the music of Brazil’s European immigrants and the native music of Brazil’s indigenous and African-Brazilian population. In particular, the choro sound is somewhat akin to a combination of European classical music, ragtime, and blues. Historically, the choro style influenced Brazil’s most famous classical composer, Heitor Villa Lobos, to compose some of the world’s most hauntingly beautiful music, the Bachianas Brasileiras. Our repertoire also includes samba, bossa nova, jazz, and the music of Northeast Brazil.

Flutist Jane Lenoir recieved her classical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and then at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A performer comfortable in many diverse styles, Jane appears regularly as a soloist, chamber player, orchestral musician, and jazz performer. She first began her study of Brazilian music in 2006, and has since performed with Marcos Silva, Jovino Santos Neto, Hermeto Pascoal, and recorded with Carlos Oliveira and Ceilia Medeiros,  She has studied in Brazil with Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Sergio Santos, Allessandro Pennezzi and Ted Falcon.

Mandolinist Tim Connell of Portland Oregon is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with over twenty-five years professional performing experience, he 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

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Bay Area guitarist/composer Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US, with a fluid melodic style and a keen compositional sense. His performances explore Brazil’s rich and diverse traditions, both in his original work as well as in arrangements of Brazilian classics. His approach is grounded both in the jazz and Brazilian music traditions, but always ventures well beyond their borders, combining rich melodies, sophisticated harmonies, and the unmistakable rhythms of Brazil. He has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, saxophonist Bud Shank, percussionist Dom Um Romão, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, guitarist Carlos Oliveira, and Marcos Silva. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.

Percussionist Brian Rice graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology. A well-rounded musician, Brian is a highly acclaimed performer, educator and recording artist adept at numerous musical styles ranging from classical and jazz, to Latin, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. Brian’s study of the Brazilian pandeiro began in 1986, studying with master Brazilian teachers, and leading to performances with numerous Brazilian artists including, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Sergio Santos, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia and Jorge Alabe.

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