Some call it jazz. Some call it classical. Some call it bluegrass. Certainly, the music of the Kruger Brothers is all of that and more. Drawing on a rich cultural palette, theirs is a music that celebrates the best of what music can be: exciting, engaging, intelligent, and delightful.
When you listen to the music of the Kruger Brothers, you can’t help but be amazed by the sheer depth of their artistry. Originally from Europe, now living in North Carolina, they were first introduced to American audiences in 1997 and quickly gained the attention of fans and the music industry.
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 diver- sity of abiding musical influences. Jens and Uwe started performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old and began their professional career in 1979. 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 incom- parable sound that the trio is known for today.
In an ever expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, workshops, and col- laborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers powerful artistic statement inspires and enlightens.
The Kruger Brothers contribution to American musical culture has been noted through a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring, a symphonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger. In addition to their concert schedule they perform this piece regularly with select symphony orchestras throughout North America. In 2010, the Kruger Brothers also premiered a new work for banjo, guitar, bass and string quartet titled “An Appalachian Concerto.”