PC concert to mix old and new world sounds

The Presbyterian College Music Department welcomes Demeler, a husband and wife duo that blends their love of café and salon music with modern composed repertoire for a fusion of old and new world sounds. This next performance in the PC Concert Series will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 PM in Edmunds Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Demeler is comprised of vocal artist Rachel Hansbury and guitarist Andy Jurik. The husband and wife duo pursues their love of music with intriguing connections between genres and times. Their musical influences range from Edith Piaf and Robert Burns to contemporary composers Stephen Goss and Dušan Bogdanović to signature arrangements of jazz and folk songs.

Based in Asheville, NC, Hansbury’s recent performances have been described as “both angelic and full of human emotion” (John Pitcher, She has performed throughout the Southeast with groups such as Pastyme, Music City Baroque, and the Gateway Chamber Ensemble.

Jurik has performed at Brevard College, the Artfields Festival, Central Piedmont Community College, the Southern Guitar Festival, and the 2015 JASPER Artist of the Year awards. He recently completed his D.MA. at the University of South Carolina where he also received the graduate school’s Creative Performance Award in 2015 and 2013. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Presbyterian College, and acts as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society.

Demeler’s recent performances include the Wired Music series (Columbia, SC), Wednesday Night Live concert series (Hendersonville, NC), White Horse Black Mountain, and the Guitar Muse Society Gala.