Chris Devine: Violin, Mandolin. Guitar, Flute
Michael Nix: Guitar, Mandolin, Banjar, Banjo
Chris Devine and Michael Nix perform a high energy, entertaining blend of composed and improvised music for violin, guitar, mandolin, and the Banjar--a seven string classical banjo. Their colorful, kaleidoscopic instrumental wizardry features arrangements of traditional classical repertoire, Argentine Tango, Brazilian Choro, Classical Neapolitan Mandolin music, American Banjo music, jazz, and multi-genre original compositions.
Devine and Nix bring together years of international concert touring, recording, and composing in many genres. They are founding members of world chamber music trio The Pioneer Consort.
"Felicitous music making… radiant… subtle…" Joseph Marcello, The Recorder
“Lively, full of energy, high octane; the spirit is infectious” Marvin J. Ward, Classical Voice of New England
Chris Devine - Violin, Mandolin, Guitar, Flute
Chris Devine is a musician of diverse talents, performing on electric and acoustic violin, mandolin, guitar, flute, saxophone, and keyboard. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin from the University of Massachusetts, where he studied with internationally known concert violinist Julian Olevsky. As a session musician he has appeared on over 100 CDs in many different styles of music, including classical, jazz, pop, country, and folk. As a composer, he is a contributor to the Fresh Music Library, an international commercial music supplier and has written the music and lyrics to three musicals sponsored by the Massachusetts Arts Lottery. His compositions and performances have been aired on Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and PBS. Chris toured Europe and Russia as a featured soloist with Blackmore's Night, starring the influential guitarist Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, and also appeared on their gold CD "Fires at Midnight". He has also been appearing with The Bobby Darling Show, a Northeast-based music and comedy quartet.
Michael Nix - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjar, Banjo
Michael Nix has performed traditional classical repertoire, new classical, and original music on guitar, lute, banjo and mandolin, in concert halls throughout the United States and Asia. He has composed solo music, songs, chamber music, symphonic works, electronic music, and opera. Nix designed the seven-string Banjar, combining elements of the classical five-string banjo, the lute and the classical guitar. His awards and commissions include an assignment by The Ann Sorvino Dance Project, for a dance work commemorating the 9-11 tragedy. He was resident composer and string master at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. Nix was awarded grants to perform "New Music From the Northeast"; a program of original music and works by composers from New York and New England. He was selected as Massachusetts Music Teacher's Association composer of the year. Nix is currently on the Massachusetts Touring Program, and as a lute and guitar soloist he was on the New Hampshire Touring Program. He was a featured performer for the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society's Andres Segovia outreach program. In the mid 1980's, Nix formed Mythos, a flexible chamber ensemble performing newly composed and older chamber music. Nix wrote the libretto for a children's opera, "Liombruno" with music by Salvatore Macchia, premiered at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He he performed at the Bushnell Hall in Hartford CT, commemorating a 1931 Andres Segovia performance.