The Kruger Brothers performing Appalachian Concerto
Featuring the Hayes Faculty Ensemble
The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the Appalachia musical tradition. Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age—performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old. Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing, joined the brothers in the early 90s and together they established the incomparable sound that the trio is known for today.
Composed in 2010, the Appalachian Concerto is a work for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet, commissioned by the Ashe County Arts Council. From the first notes to the last cadence, the piece celebrates Appalachia—the history, the landscape and the culture—in a way that only the Kruger Brothers can.
“I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard.“
- Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station
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