Morris Public Relations of Nashville, TN, announce that the Kruger Brothers will premiere Jens Kruger’s 'The spirit of the Rockies' on 25 August at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. A symphonic piece for chamber orchestra, guitar, bass, and banjo, it demonstrates Kruger’s talents as a composer, arranger, and performer, and his ability to combine different cultural and musical traditions within his work.
The Banff Centre commissioned the work after hearing the Krugers’ 2010 album Appalachian concerto, composed for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. Jens Kruger used the concerto format to draw comparisons between European and Appalachian music and to comment on the area’s cultural history.
His theme draws a contrast between the English who first settled in the Rockies, for whom the wilderness was something to be conquered, and later settlers with a different perspective, embodied in the Swiss guides who developed the mountain trails and retreats, and brought an awareness of beauty. 'The Spirit of the Rockies', he says, 'is our own falling in love and our own understanding of beauty and of the fact that we are part of this world, and it is a part of us.'
See the whole press release here.