American born troubadour Bryan Benner studied classical singing and guitar in Scotland (The Royal Scottish Conservatory, Glasgow), Italy (Rossini Conservatory, Pesaro) and Austria (Konservatorium Privatuniversität, Wien) while his love of folk music and street performing have brought him from Paris to Turkey and even as far as Japan. Bryan is perhaps best known as the lead singer and guitarist of “The Erlkings”, a Kunstlied ensemble that performs new arrangements of Schubert songs in Bryan’s own English translations. However, he is also a proud founding member of the Vienna based Volkslieder quartet “Die Wandervögel” (NASOM Artists) and is often to be heard performing his own compositions with “Bryan Benner and the Pool Boys”.
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Hazen Metro is a bagpiper and flautist from the small New England state of Vermont who has spent much of his life living in Glasgow, Scotland. In Scotland, he received a bachelor's with honors degree in Scottish Music - Bagpiping from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During his time there he played in many different groups, touring the UK and mainland Europe. Hazen returned to Vermont in 2013 and currently plays in the Celtic Rock Group, Prydein, as well as the folk trio Piper's Den. He has made frequent trips back to Europe, including tours in Austria and Italy with Austria's own Die Wandervögel. Hazen's passion for music lies within creative composition that pushes the boundaries of his traditional learnings.
“Off and On” explores some of the indirect effects the pandemic has had on our lives and optimistically offers a personal “reboot” as a potential way forward. The piece begins with the hypnotic sound of “peeper” frogs in Vermont as a reminder of the presence of nature and the return of "spring," but it ends with a minor Scottish style jig, a reminder of the artist’s role in times of trouble.
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