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05/17/2018

Tim Connell: Coffeeshop Conversations #149 / Lisa Helfer talks to the virtuoso mandolinist.

By LISA HELFER // Tim Connell tells Lisa Helfer how he has created a sophisticated and original global mandolin style.

Welcome back to World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th & Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation. This is number one hundred forty-nine.

My name is Lisa Helfer, I’m filling in for Tom D’Antoni today and with me is Portland-based, virtuoso mandolinist, Tim Connell. Tim is a graduate of New England Conservatory who 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 through jazz, bluegrass, klezmer and classical music.

The tune at the end of the conversation is Tim's "June Apple" with Eric Skye from the album of the same name.:

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