One enchanted evening, at White Horse Black Mountain


The classical guitar, with its wide range of pitch and tone colors, has been described as an orchestra in miniature, able to execute melody, counterpoint and harmonies simultaneous. In the strictly melodic realm, flute maestro James Galway has said that everyone who plays flute should learn singing. Demeler and Duo Vela, the two husband-and-wife teams playing at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, June 15 use all those resources to delightful effect.

Transporting listeners to other times and places, their repertoires for guitar, flute and voice draw upon classical, world and salon music.

Australian guitarist Daniel Nistico and American flutist Marla Nistico became Duo Vela in 2014 and have since taken their music to venues in the U.S., China, Australia and New Zealand. In “A Global Journey,” Duo Vela's segment of the show, the couple performs music done by Edith Piaf (France), Astor Piazzola (Argentina), Ernesto Cordero (Puerto Rico), Ross Edwards (Australia), Frederic Chopin (Poland) and traditional Chinese folk musicians. The Nisticos include adventurous music from living composers as well as classics from past greats, taking advantage of the contrasting yet complementary sonorities of their chosen instruments.

Duo Vela

Duo Vela are also active in arranging music for guitar and flute. Having already tackled Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker Suite," the duo has plans to arrange Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" and Brahms’ "Hungarian Dances."

By contrast, Demeler’s forte is café and salon music, pairing Andy Jurik’s guitar with the vocals of Rachel Hansbury. In their work, classical training meets an appreciation for eclectic styles that include folk, jazz and art song. They perform a mix of composed music, arrangements and original material that evokes good times with good friends in cozy coffeehouses, wine bars and bistros.


Jurik is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, where he’s served as a graduate assistant, teaching undergraduate classes and coaching guitar ensembles. Hansbury, Jurik’s partner in music and life, has enjoyed a diverse performing career, including experience with community theater and symphony choruses. She continues to enjoy performing in a variety of styles and venues.

Guitar, flute and voice

Who: Demeler and Duo Vela

When: 7:30 p.m. June 15

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door