Published – The Pilot – Sep 19, 2017
Imagine some of the finer things in life: a cashmere sweater, good wine, a soft leather sofa, the sound of the banjo.
Banjo? Oh, yes, when we think of the finer things, we speak of quality, and among the highest quality acoustic music being produced today is that of the Kruger Brothers, who bring their exquisite live show to the Robert E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines on Thursday, Nov. 9.
The trio will perform as part of Moore County’s Veterans Festival. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Veterans Support Fund. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating. Reserved seating tickets are only available online through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-kruger-brothers-tickets-37807144186.
General admission tickets can be purchased online immediately at http://sandhillsmoaa.org/vet-support-concert, or at local retailers beginning Sept. 20. Retail locations will be listed online as they are added.
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger began singing and playing instruments at a very young age, and began their professional career in 1979. With the more recent addition of New York City native, Joel Landsberg, (who comes with his own noteworthy musical pedigree, having studied with jazz great Milt Hinton), the trio has been performing together since 1995, and is now based in Wilkesboro.
Jens Kruger was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2013, the fourth recipient of this prestigious honor. He was nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 2016, and is a member of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Jens is known for his innovative banjo composition and performance, integrating folk music with European classical music.
Uwe Kruger shines as a singer who is both direct and emotive, and for his impeccable guitar playing. He is also the lyricist for the group’s original songs.
The Kruger Brothers are known for inventive compositions and performances that defy categorization. Their music is at once thoughtful and lyrical, and then virtuosic and complex. The experience is always profound. Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a highly respected fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.
In their ever-expanding body of work — Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals) and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) — The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.
The trio’s latest recorded project is “The Roan Mountain Suite,” an innovative original collection of compositions, commissioned to honor the region and history of Roan Mountain, and to commemorate efforts to conserve the area which began 50 years ago. In addition to their regular concert schedule, The Kruger Brothers perform classical pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the country. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, The Kruger Brothers’ powerful artistic statement continues to inspire and enlighten audiences and musicians around the world.
The concert, presented by the Sandhills Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines.