Tim Kliphuis and Alfonso Ponticelli

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


Tim Kliphuis is a master of the violin and a wizard of sound. Using classical, gypsy jazz and folk he has created a unique style that is making waves in concert halls across the globe. His recent successes have led to a Sony Classical recording contract and a performance for the Dutch King and Queen.
Tim has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award (International), has collaborated with the Richard Strauss Festival, Netherlands and Tallinn Chamber Orchestras, the Cape Town Philharmonic and curates the Fiddles on Fire Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Tim Kliphuis is a Pirastro and DPA artist.

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 (he is also the 1994 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion) 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 fest.

Montana Manouche

Montana Manouche began in 2012, when bluegrass musicians Ray Padilla (rhythm guitar) and Nancy Padilla (violin) from Bozeman, started getting together to play Gypsy Jazz tunes with Livingston jazz guitarist Dave Sullivan. Their casual "just for fun" jamming led to local gigs. They became passionate about playing the style, attending many Gypsy Jazz events and workshops. Now a quartet, with Bozeman jazz bassist Mike Carey adding his great groove to the group's swinging sound, Montana Manouche enjoys an increasingly active performing schedule, playing concerts, private events, and swing dances. They play a few original tunes, but their repertoire consists mainly of the compositions of Django Reinhardt and his American contemporaries.

$20.00

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Come celebrate a night of Gypsy style jazz with us at the Rialto. The evening begins with the world-class musical presence that is Tim Kliphuis and Alfonso Ponticelli, a duo straight from across the Atlantic known for their virtuosity as well as their passion. Afterwards, for all you swinging cats, the first few rows of seats will be cleared away for the upbeat sound of Montana Manouche aimed at getting you up on your feet for a hot time, so put on your dancing shoes and let's roll into the night right. 

Important note: First 3 rows of chairs will be reserved for those wishing to dance during Montana Manouche. Please take into consideration. Thanks!

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