Tim Connell

WEEKEND: Eclectic sounds featured on mandolin Saturday with Tim Connell in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — The music of Brazil, Bach, the Beatles and then some will fill Room to Move, the yoga studio upstairs at 1008 Lawrence St., as mandolinist Tim Connell arrives Saturday evening.

Tickets for this 7 p.m. performance, also featuring seven-string guitar player Stuart Zobel, are $15 in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door Saturday.

Connell, known for touring with Mike Marshall’s Ger Mandolin Orchestra, also has his own projects including Rio Con Brio and Stumptown Swing.

He’s spent many years putting together a set of solo arrangements for the mandolin, from Brazilian choros to Irish jigs, from the Beatles to Broadway show tunes.

“Tim couples these flights of expert picking with heartfelt American songs,” according to promoter Al Bergstein’s news release, “giving audiences an intimate window into his virtuosic yet emotional style and his deep passion for music and life.”

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with more than 20 years’ professional performing experience, Connell is widely regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of the Brazilian choro style on the mandolin, Bergstein noted, adding that he’s developed his own voice for the instrument, described in a Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”

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