About the Artist
Award-winning violin legend Tim Kliphuis (Holland) teams up with America’s top gypsy jazz guitarist, Alfonso Ponticelli (Chicago) to highlight the music of famed musical duo Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Re-creating the 1930s in Paris, and drawing inspiration from current-day gypsy, classical and folk music as well, they alternate moments of dazzling interplay with melancholy and sheer exhilaration, in an inspired journey that is different every night.
“Superb … a provocative meeting of minds” - Sunday Times
Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis has created a brand new style that embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk. Hailed as a ‘current-day improvising Paganini’, his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players. After his master’s degree in classical violin at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, Kliphuis studied with the European Sinti gypsies. He recorded and toured with gypsy guitar legends Fapy Lafertin, The Rosenberg Trio and Angelo Debarre.
An invitation to the Richard Strauss Festival in Germany kick-started Kliphuis’ crossover career, celebrating a ‘total music’ without stylistic barriers. He has performed for the Dutch King at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, for Celtic Connections Glasgow, at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine and tours Europe, America, South Africa and Russia extensively.
Guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli is the driving force of gypsy jazz in the city of Chicago. He has performed with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, played for a crowd of 10,000 at Millennium park on its opening night and is the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts. His guitar style effortlessly combines gypsy, flamenco (which he studied in Cordoba, Spain with Manolo Sanlucár), traditional American folk, and jazz. Alfonso has appeared at the international Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine, France, the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, and a host of gypsy jazz festivals all over the USA, including his own Chicago gypsy jazz festival.
The evening will end with this Bozeman-based gypsy jazz group joining Tim & Alfonso for a set of swing dance music. Bring your dancing shoes!
About the Venue
The Attic is a purpose-built entertainment venue designed and constructed with the upmost attention to detail. Blending and preserving the 1800?s with contemporary design for the sole purpose of creating an environment that is pleasing to the eye and most importantly acoustically correct. Our goal is to create an environment that is conducive to the art of music the way it should be experienced.
Livingston, Montana, 59047