Guitarist Kevin Kastning & Saxophonist Carl Clements release
Kevin Kastning: 17-String Contraguitar, 12-String Alto Guitar, Classical Guitar
Kevin Kastning (USA) & Carl Clements (USA) are contemporary music explorers. Both musicians utilize unusual instruments; Kevin Kastning invented the 14-, 16-, and 17-string Contraguitars and the 12-string alto guitar; both are used on this new recording entitled "Dreaming As I Knew." In addition, Carl Clements utilizes not only tenor and soprano saxophones, but also flute and the rarely heard family of Bansuri flutes, a bamboo instrument which originated in India. New England's Yankee Magazine calls Kevin "... a pioneer in modern acoustic guitar composition.” Jazziz Magazine said of Carl “a throaty blues workout, with bracing solos by saxophonist Carl Clements..." This album was recorded using the high recording standards of Greydisc Records; a recording of depth and detailed resolution.
Kastning’s 2007 Greydisc release, "Resonance" placed in The Perfect Sound magazine's Top 10 Albums of 2007, and his 2009 Greydisc release "Parabola," was named by NPR's "Pushing the Envelope" as one of The Best Albums of the Year for 2009. Kastning’s 2011 Greydisc release, “I walked into the silver darkness” was named as a Favorite of 2011 by New York City’s WFMU-FM. “Dreaming As I Knew” brings forth new acoustic landscapes of imagination and deep introspection using a pallet of guitar-family instruments invented by Kevin, wonderfully paired with both classic and world-music woodwind instruments, evoking a stunning beauty. Listen and be transported to previously unimagined lands and skies.
During Kevin’s time at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he studied privately with guitar legend Pat Metheny. Kevin has composed over 200 works for various solo and chamber group instrumentations. Guitar Player magazine said of Kevin, “Kevin is one of the deepest guitarists I’ve ever encountered.” Kevin is a recording artist for Greydisc Records, and has recorded albums with Alex De Grassi, Michael Manring, Mark Wingfield (UK), Siegfried, Sandor Szabo (Hungary), Gilbert Isbin (Belgium), and Carl Clements.
Kevin’s albums consistently receive very strong reviews from music magazines worldwide; as well as international radio airplay. “Resonance,” Kevin’s 2007 Greydisc release was voted as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2007 by The Perfect Sound magazine. In October 2004, Kevin was voted Artist of the Month by the 13th Fret, the world’s largest acoustic guitar forum. In November 2007, Yankee Magazine stated, “Kastning is a pioneer in modern acoustic guitar composition." Gondola Magazine (Hungary) stated, “Kevin Kastning is a new figure of the American guitar scene; it is not an exaggeration that he is the most modern guitarist now in the US.”
In late 2009, Kevin completed a successful European concert tour with Dominic Miller, guitarist with Sting. Mr. Miller calls Kevin “An amazing player; completely original.” In December 2010, Kevin was honored with a feature article in Guitar Player magazine, and again in September 2011. Kevin is an artist endorser for Santa Cruz Guitars, and is the inventor of the DKK extended baritone guitar, the DKK-12 12-string extended baritone guitar, the double-course alto guitar in A, and the 14-string Contraguitar. Kevin is also an artist endorser for Bricasti Designs, G7 Performance Capos, John Pearse Strings, Daniel Roberts Stringworks, and Microtech Gefell Microphones, and more. Kevin currently resides in northern Massachusetts.
"Kastning might seem like a 21st century Bach meets Elliott Carter, yet for all his avant garde production prowess, there’s still progressive core at the center of his guitar thinking in a kind of Robert Fripp and Steve Hackett inspired way. With the release of these two very guitar-centric releases, Kevin Kastning sets a new standard for the guitar world while also setting a new level in his own well worth of artistic expression." - Music Web Express Magazine; December 2012
"I enjoyed listening to your CDs. I like your style and the music has an intriguing atmosphere." - Steve Hackett
"Kevin Kastning keeps expanding as a guitar phenomenon...." -FAME Magazine; Octo ber 2012
"Revered guitarist Kevin Kastning....celebrated acoustic guitar wizard Kastning...." - JazzTimes magazine; September 2012
"A work of veritable musical wonder by two gifted, kindred virtuosos, In Winter is one of the most awesome sounding musical collaborations thus far in the 21st century." - Music Web Express Magazine; August 2012
Carl Clements (saxophones, flute, and Indian flute) received a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music, an MFA in Jazz Performance from the California Institute of the Arts, and a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has played saxophone for thirty-eight years, and has been studying North Indian classical music on the bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute) since 1989. Over the course of his career, he has performed and composed extensively in a wide range of styles. He is featured on numerous recordings including his own CD of his original compositions for jazz quartet entitled Forth and Back, four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent, and many other recordings. Clements has performed at jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Dubai, including performances with Charlie Haden, James Newton, Natraj, Sundar Shor, Divya, Crosscurrent, and many others. He is an active performer in the jazz, creative improvisation, and world music scenes in the New York and Boston areas, as well as internationally. The press says of Carl: North March" highlights the strong emotion of Carl Clements' singing soprano sax,” “The intriguing ‘Firefly’… Clements ‘flies’ in, as the sax glides over the track with intensity,” “Clements soulful sax gets the steam rolling.” Denai Burbank, Jazz Review "A throaty blues workout, with bracing solos by saxophonist Carl Clements..."
Nathaniel Friedman, Jazziz “a fine composer and player… maybe due to his assimilation of Indian music performance techniques.
Clements can articulate verbally and on his instrument with ease and dexterity. Marc Medwin, Bagatellen.com “The mood is pensive and it flows musically through Carl's soprano saxophone solo as it tells the story in a very picturesque way.” Peter LaBarbara, Jazz Zine
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