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Kevin Kastning/Sándor Szabó: Perspectives

Kevin Kastning is an American guitarist who is most noted for his work with multiple string guitars like the 36-string double contraguitar and the 30-string contra-alto guitar. He has done considerable work Mark Wingfield, another excellent guitarist, as well as Sándor Szabó who he last worked with in 2012 on The Book of Crossings album. In Oct, 2015 they started working on new material and the result is Perspectives, the first of a series of albums that will be produced from those sessions.

Kastning is a virtuoso guitar player and he has delivered the goods on every recording of his I have heard. As to be expected his new album does not disappoint. This is a mesmerizing and mellow body of work and the two guitarists blend together seamlessly. Besides the 36 and 30 string contraguitars Kastning also adds 15-string extended classical guitar while Szabó adds 16-string classical guitar and 16-string contraguitar. Their playing is both moody and vibrant combining elements of improvisation and composition. The creativity shown by both guitarists is at a very high level and the textures they create are both harmonious and sometimes even a little disconcerting.

This is one of those albums that you really need to listen to a few times to fully appreciate. Instrumental acoustic music that is definitely outside the box of conventionality. Go to the artist's website for more information.

Track Listing:
1. Exordium (4:33)
2. Fenestram Lumen (7:01)
3. Geminus (6:47)
4. Albus et Albus (4:33)
5. Conspicum (8:34)
6. Poesis (5:49)
7. Sixth Pleochroism (5:56)
8. Vitrum Hyalus (4:43)
9. Altum Valeo (6:18)

Added: September 15th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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