It may not be the gypsy jazz band he wanted, but after experimenting with choro music, Mike Burdette was hooked.

“It’s the street music of Rio,” Burdette said. “There’s definitely a bit of a renaissance down there. (Choro is so popular because of) its energy and virtuosity.”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Renaissance men - Performing Rio's street music, choro, Tim Connell (left) and Mike Burdette form Rio Con Brio and will  perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Newberg Music Center.

The music is “influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the contemporary cafe music of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, choro is both exotic and familiar, evoking in turn the carnival of Rio and the cafes of Paris,” according to Rio Con Brio’s website.

He said he and his partner, Tim Connell, started Rio Con Brio after trying to convince one another to join each others bands — Burdette’s gypsy jazz and swing band, and Connell’s choro band.

“I got hooked,” Burdette said, and Rio Con Brio was born.

The guitar-mandolin pair has been performing together for the past eight years in Portland and around the United States. On Oct. 25, the duo will perform at Newberg Music Center.

“We played there two years ago and it was great,” Burdette said. “It’s a nice chance for a small intimate show.”

He said the small venue — which held about 30 or 40 viewers last visit — is a great opportunity for people to see the pair in an intimate space and is an opportunity to support a local business.

The duo has performed at larger events, including the five-stage festival Wintergrass and the Mandolin Symposium at the University of California - Santa Cruz. But Burdette said he prefers smaller venues.

“We’re more connected with the audience,” he said. “In a small venue we can play acoustic. We play better too with dynamics, as well as a chance to be more expressive with our sound.”

Rio Con Brio will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Admission is $10. For more information about the band, visit www.

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