Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, the Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into American folk and bluegrass music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work. On Thursday, June 27 this critically acclaimed trio comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House.
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Jens’ and Uwe’s first public performances were as a duo, and in just a few years they were busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe.
CBS Records contracted with Jens and Uwe when Jens was just 17 years old, and shortly thereafter, the Krugers hosted a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss Public broadcast group. Several years later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who had an extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music (studying with jazz great Milt Hinton), thus forming a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Together, they established the incomparable sound that The Kruger Brothers are known for today. The trio moved to the United States in 2002 and is based in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
They have been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame among others, and Jens has receive the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass Music. Happy Traum has described Jens Kruger as "one of the world's most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.”
In their ever-expanding body of work band members Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) 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. Their other Maine date this season features them playing with the Bangor Symphony.
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.
Advance discounted tickets are $25 and available from the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets purchased on the day of the performance, or online at boothbayoperahouse.com are $30. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the Krugers cast their spell from the stage beginning at 7:30.
The performance is generously sponsored by The Lafayette Group of Hotels in celebration of the 2019 Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Festival week.