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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 Broad Stage on Sunday, February 14.
FROM THE BROAD STAGE WEBSITE: This Valentine’s Day, cozy up to the soulful, bluegrass sounds of the Kruger Brothers and dedicate an original poem to your loved one. Inspired by the finger-picking style popularized by Snuffy Jenkins and Earl Scruggs, the Swiss-raised brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger, with bassist Joel Landsberg, personify the passionate, reflective spirit of traditional American folk music, with jazz and classical flavor. Before the performance, the Melrose Poetry Bureau will be composing hand-typed notes in the lobby to share as personalized expressions of love.
Jens Kruger was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music in 2013, the fourth recipient of this prestigious honor. 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.
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, NC.
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.
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 Kruger Brothers
The Broad Stage
Sunday, February 14, 2016 ~ 7:30 p.m.
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA
Box Office: 310-434-3200
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The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opened its doors in October 2008 under the leadership of Founding Director Dale Franzen and Artistic Advisory Chair Dustin Hoffman. Inspired by Italian “horseshoe” theaters, yet conceived in an absolutely contemporary vernacular, The Broad Stage is an artist’s dream and an audience’s delight. Unlike any performance space in the country, it is sublimely intimate with 499-seats and strikingly grand at the same time––forging a new kind of artist and audience experience in Los Angeles.
For more information and hi-res photos, visit www.krugerbrothers.com