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"A world class mandolinist"
- Mandolin Magazine

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.
Tim has performed alongside top Brazilian musicians including Dudu Maia, Choro das Tres, Alessandro Penezzi, Eduardo Neves and Almir Cortes. He collaborates with jazz clarinet superstar Harvey Wainapel and the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and performed in the premeire of Wainapel’s new piece at the Berkeley Festival of Choro in May 2015.  Tim has performed with a roster of the greatest living American mandolinists, including David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg, Rich Del Grosso, Chris Acquvella and many others. 
Tim is a restless and prolific bandleader and arranger, sideman and studio musician, currently touring with his Brazilian choro duo Rio Con Brio, 1930’s-era swing quartet Stumptown Swing, world mandolin duo Mando Planet and guitar wizard Eric Skye. In addition, Tim is an integral member of Americana songsters The Old Yellers, currently riding high on their new release "Ten from Town". In his solo act, Tim shares his career-long exploration of the world's many musical styles as realized on the mandolin and voice.

As a veteran teacher and workshop presenter, Tim has taught at the Alaska Folk Arts Camp and the Wintergrass Festival School among many other music camps.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Additionally, Tim was a contributor to the number-one selling mandolin instructional book, "Mandolin for Dummies".  He is also in-demand as an ensemble coach for both professional and amateur groups of all styles and instruments, helping bands improve their sound and overall vision and cleaning up arrangements as they head into the recording studio.

Feedback and Press
“Tim is, without a doubt, one of the finest mandolin players I’ve ever heard, and I’ve met numerous virtuosi over the years.  He plays choro like I’ve never heard, with beautiful tone and amazing sensitivity.  Everyone at the the festival felt that he was one of the best performers they’d ever experienced.”
Jo Pellegrini, Director of Aurora Mandolin Orchestra

Stumptown Swing qualifies as one of the year’s best jazz recordings.  Connell’s technique has never been better - the flurry of notes fly out of his mandolin like machine gun bullets, each one hitting their mark." 
Mandolin Magazine album review
 “Tim’s extensive work on Brazilian choro has strongly influenced his improvisational style.  He always plays cohesive melodic thoughts, and he’s not afraid to let the mandolin be a mandolin, complete wth tremolo and chord voicings that address the tune and push his fellow soloists.”  
Don Stiernberg, America's premiere jazz mandolinist

"...a collection of clear and concise gems.  The music always has focus and authenticity - groove meets melody, harmony and energy!"
Mike Marshall, American mandolin legend

“Tim’s playing was just amazing this year…genuine, unique and beautiful.”  
CMSA Journal Review of Mandolin Symposium 2012

“I can’t stop listening to this remarkable CD!  Tasteful, graceful improvisations, beautiful arrangements, a distinctive, clean, evocative tone - obvious understanding and respect for the music.”
CD Baby Review of “Vignettes”
“What a great concert!  Fabulous choice of music played with such grace and personality.  Amazing tremolo and vibrato, adds so much to the music.”  
Hilary Field, classical guitarist

“I have heard a great deal of live music, but will never forget Sunday evening's performance - simply amazing!”
Tacoma, WA fan

“I just saw your performance of Floraux and have to tell you how utterly blown away I am.”
Amy Burcham, mandolinist/writer

“Thanks for the amazing show!  You never fail to amaze me - come back soon!
Susan Johnson, concert host

“Foi por sorte que eu encontei Tim Connell em Portland, Oregon, EUA.  Ele e um parceiro tocam choro autentico aqui nos EUA.  Os shows dele são ótimos - ele ajuda manter esta genero de música viva.”
Brazilian fan

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See Tim Live:

Berkeley, CA

House Concert, with Brian Rice percussion

Tim Connell & Brian Rice in Concert Berkeley House Concert (North Berkeley BART area) Friday December 6, 2019 Show starts at 8:00 p.m. - Doors at 7:00 p.m. $20 Admission Public concert in a private home - all are welcome. Please contact our host, Jeanne Schuman to reserve a spot and learn the address - costaricamama4@yahoo.com


Half Moon Bay, CA

House Concert

Public concert in a private home. All are welcome, please contact us at this website's contact page to reserve a spot and learn the address.


Woods Hole, MA

House Concert with Catherine Bent, Cello

Catherine Bent (Cello) & Tim Connell (Mandolin) Woods Hole, MA Saturday December 14 House Concert - a public concert in a private home all are welcome 8:00 p.m. concert; door open 7:30, $30 at the door Please contact our host David to reserve a seat and learn the location (close to Woods Hole city center) - isen@isen.com

ABOUT THE EVENING… Two North American masters of the infectious Brazilian music choro will come together for the first time in Woods Hole, MA to musically converse for a couple of hours. Non-amplified concert in a beautiful private home with snacks and adult beverages.

ABOUT CATHERINE… Constantly challenging boundaries, cellist Catherine Bent has never conformed to a single category. Adventurous and adept in multiple genres, Catherine’s performing career hovered on the margins of classical music and jazz as she patiently uncovered her unique voice. 

Of infinite interest to Catherine is the relationship of phrase—music carried on the breath—and groove—music felt in the body. In her creative projects and collaborations, she and her colleagues mix elements of jazz and Latin music with dynamic ensemble interplay and tight arrangements. When the music calls for it, the playing is highly refined; at other times exploratory and free.

In her first full-length solo release, Ideal (2018), each of her ten compositions pays tribute to a distinct Brazilian musical tradition. Choro is at the heart of the album, flanked by its cousins samba, forró, frevo, maracatú and xote; all enriched by the unique sonority of Catherine's cello and fed through the prism of her imagination. Her latest album release is Landscapes (2019), with the Macayú Trio, and she anticipates a 2020 release of her second album with trans-continental duo Elis and Catherine. www.catherinebent.com www.elisandcatherine.com www.macayutrio.com


Tallahassee, FL

House Concert & Workshop

Public concert in a private home. To reserve a seat and learn the address, please contact Peggy Cabe - ptcabe@aol.com

To sign up for the workshop, please use the contact button on this website.

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