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DUO VELA and DAMELER Appearing Thu Jun 15th 2017 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door

Join us for an enchanting evening featuring flute, voice, and guitars as we feature two husband/wife duos performing classical, chamber, and salon music.
The theme of tonight's program will be 

A Global Journey

with music from

Edith Piaf (France) 
Astor Piazzola (Argentina) 
Ernesto Cordero (Puerto Rico) 
Ross Edwards (Australia) 
Frederic Chopin (Poland) 
Traditional Chinese folk music

Duo Vela was formed in 2014 and is comprised of Australian guitarist Daniel Nistico and American flutist Marla Nistico
Together, they have taken their exciting programs to venues across the United States, China, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, they have performed in upstate New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, and held a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute

Duo Vela's goal is to transport audiences to distant lands by playing music from many cultures, displaying the beauty of diversity that exists in the world.

Their repertoire includes adventurous and daring music by living composers, as well as standard classics by great composers of the past.

. This August, they will be performing as part of the National Flute Association's annual convention in San Diego, CA. In  

"Beyond being a truly outstanding musical performance, the relevance of your mission is of vital importance to today’s world."
--- Anon. audience member: Porter Center, Brevard College

While their programs aim to transport audiences, the duo are themselves transported, having performed internationally and at major festivals around the USA. Duo Vela have delighted in sharing Western music with Chinese audiences, and Chinese music with Western audiences. Australian music is often featured in their programs, transporting audiences to the outback desert and harsh climates of the Australian wilderness. Argentinian music tells the story of the evolution of the tango, and makes audience's feet itch to dance.

The flute lends itself so naturally to French music, and Duo Vela includes gorgeous French works such as Debussy's Clair de Lune, and Satie's Gymnopedie no. 01 in their repertoire. These and other French classics were featured on their debut album Soirée d'hiver (Winter evening), released in June 2015.

"I love the CD (Soirée d'hiver) - it's beautifully calming - more so than yoga! The first time I heard it, I cried a little. I needed that kind of outlet... Listening to your playing restored me to a plane higher than normal."
--- Anon. audience member: Geelong, Australia

Duo Vela are also active in arranging music for flute and guitar, having already arranged Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Future planned arrangements include Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and Brahms' Hungarian Dances. Additional expansion of the flute and guitar repertoire is achieved through commissions by leading composers, beginning with acclaimed composer John Anthony Lennon, professor of composition at Emory College in Atlanta, GA.

"Together they create an astoundingly beautiful world of sound"---Nicholas Goluses: Professor of Guitar, Eastman School of Music

CLICK HERE to visit the Performers website

is a café and salon music duo made up of husband and wife, 
Andy Jurik (guitar) and 
Rachel Hansbury (voice). 

 Their music is inspired by their favorite spaces – coffeehouses, wine bars, cozy restaurants, and other places people congregate over art, great food or drink, and conversation. The duo blends their love of eclectic music (including many sounds from folk traditions and jazz) with their classical training for a refreshing blend of composed music, arrangements, and original material.

A native of Rochester, NY, Andy Jurik earned his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College while studying classical guitar with Pablo Cohen and jazz guitar/arranging with Steve Brown. After graduating cum laude he spent two years as a musician with Holland America cruise lines, traveling and performing throughout Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.

In 2012 Andy graduated from Austin Peay State University with an M.M. in classical guitar performance where he studied guitar and arranging with Stanley Yates, won the Collegiate Concerto competition, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student award. Currently ABD in his doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, Andy served as a graduate assistant for three years under renowned pedagogue Christopher Berg, during which time he taught undergraduate lessons and coached various guitar ensembles.

Andy has twice performed on the ASCAP award winning Southern Exposure new music series: in 2013 as part of a concert honoring composer John Fitz Rogers, and in 2015 performing on Louis Andriessen's masterpiece "De Staat." Other recent performances include the Region 7 NASA conference, Conundrum Music Hall, and the xMUSE Broken Symmetry computer music concert series.

Rachel  Hansbury has enjoyed a diverse performance career that began with a love for playing the piano and singing in choirs as some of her earliest memories. She continued her study of music and performance through childhood including community theater performances, a children's symphony chorus, and hours spent picking songs out by ear on the piano or guitar. Ms. Hansbury went on to study music in college and enjoys performing in a variety of styles and venues today.