the new album by Kevin Kastning, Sándor Szabó, and Balázs
Major is released worldwide by Greydisc Records
on March 26, 2013.
Available on CD or mp3 atand other merchants.
Becoming: Liner notes, Special thanks, and Credits
March 2012 saw a European concert tour in
support of the album Triptych, of myself, Sándor Szabó and Balázs Major.
During a stop in Vác, Hungary, we had most of one day to record a new album, the
one you now hold in your hands, on-location in the concert hall complex where we
would be performing that evening. Our recording studio for the day was in a
concert hall in the performance complex, though smaller than the main hall where
our concert was to be held. One long wall in the concert hall where we were
recording was glass, and looked out onto a lovely courtyard of trees and a
walking path. It was a bright and warm spring day, and the trees in the
courtyard were well-populated with joyous birds. The birds were holding their
own performance, as I could hear their beautiful singing inside our recording
hall while tape was rolling. If you listen closely, you'll notice that some of
the birds made it onto the album.
The birds weren't the only new additions between this album and Triptych. This album saw Sándor, Balázs, and myself extending the instruments utilized on the recording sessions. Balázs with gongs and additional udus, a deep and resonant African clay drum; Sándor with the 21-string guzheng, a Chinese harp-like instrument, and myself with the baritone classical guitar and even some piano. I believe that with this album, our trio has achieved a higher level and extended our reach. We are becoming ever closer to our own artistic ideals and expressions.
- Kevin Kastning
Recorded 22 March 2012 at Madách Müvelődési Központ; Vác, Hungary
Recording engineered by Roland Heidrich
Recording mixed and mastered by Sándor Szabó at Tandem Records Experimental Studio; Vác, Hungary
Photography by Chris Friel www.chrisfriel.co.uk
Kevin Kastning: 12-string Bass-baritone guitar, Baritone classical guitar, Piano
Sándor Szabó: Classical guitar, 16-string guitar, 10-string Viola caipira guitar, Guzheng
Balázs Major: Percussion
Kevin Kastning plays Daniel Roberts Stringworks Guitars, Santa Cruz Guitars, John Pearse Strings, records with Microtech Gefell microphones, and flies Anvil Cases. Capos by G7 Performance Capos, UK.
Sándor Szabó plays a George Ziatas classical guitar, Tihamer Romanek 16-string guitar, Giannini 10-string viola caipira guitar, and John Pearse strings.
Kevin Kastning offers sincerest thanks to
Sándor Szabó; Balázs Major; Roland Heidrich; the staff at Madách Müvelődési
Központ; the people of Vacz, Hungary; Daniel Roberts at Daniel Roberts
Stringworks; Richard Hoover at Santa Cruz Guitars; Mary Faith, Todd, and everyone at
John Pearse strings; Nick Campling at G7 Performance Capos UK; Jason and Bill at
Hipshot; the staff at Greydisc Records; Chris Friel; Katalin Németh; Max;
Therese; and Karen.
Sándor Szabó would like to thank Kevin Kastning, Roland Heidrich; the staff at Madách Müvelődési Központ; Mary Faith and everyone at John Pearse strings; the staff at Greydisc Records; Katalin Németh, George Ziatas, Tihamer Romanek, Peter Finger, Linda Pearse, and Boni.
Balázs Major would like to thank Kevin Kastning, Sándor Szabó, Roland Heidrich; the staff at Madách Müvelődési Központ; the staff at Greydisc Records, and Sándor Kármán.