"Kevin, I enjoyed listening to your CDs. I like your style and the music has an intriguing atmosphere." 

- Steve Hackett  (UK)

 



 

"Hi Kevin: Sweet improvisations you do with Mark Wingfield. Bravo!"

- Michael Chapdelaine  (USA)

 

 

"Kevin,
I'm blown away by what you do. I cannot even begin to conceptualize everything that you do musically. You're truly an inspiration.

All the best,
David"

- David Newsam; Back Bay Guitar Trio  (USA)

 

 

“An amazing player; completely original. I've never heard anything like his music.”

- Dominic Miller (guitarist with Sting)

 

 

 

"Hi Kevin,

I FINALLY had a chance to sit with your music for a while this chilly Vermont morning…. you paint with a very different palette than I do, but the result is undeniably lovely and involving.

All my best,

Will"

- Will Ackerman

 

"...the inventive genius of Massachusetts, acoustic mastermind Kevin Kastning."

- All About Jazz magazine (US)

 

 

Hello Kevin,

Thank you for the copy of your wonderful CD In Stories. I find it an exciting combination of your spherical guitar sounds with Mark's unique electric tone. Very unique and special. His legato melodies blend beautifully with your chordal ground work, excellent job!  Keep this wonderful music coming.

Thank you, all the best,
- Dieter Kaudel
K&K Systems (US)

 

 

"Dear Kevin:
Many thanks for the beautiful CD In Stories in duo with Mark Wingfield  that I am enjoying so much now.  The atmosphere and the melodies that you produce are perfect and the sounds are really beautiful and deep.
 
ABRAZOS GRANDES AMIGO
Fernando"

- Fernando Freitez (VENEZUELA)

 

"Keep up the wonderful work of adding passionate, positive music to this world! You have a beautiful gift. It inspires me to reach for new ground with my own music!  Keep sharing your gift with the world!

Wishing you a glorious New Year! ~ Peace & Joy,"

- Joni Bishop  (USA)
 




"Kevin, you are an AWESOME musician."

- Milton R. Gomez, Professor at Concervatorio Nacional de Musica; Mexico City (MEXICO)
 

 




"Kevin's albums are artistically relevant, curious, and impeccable at a sound level. The art of Kevin Kastning is innovative, courageous, hypnotic. These albums are a summary of innovative music and well-captured sound."
 -    OnClassical (ITALY)

"Kevin is primarily a fretted acoustic player well known and respected for his modern classical abstract intuitive style which feels something like quantum physics in sound form - however in recent years he has been drawn deeply to the fretless acoustic guitar. Featured as the 'exit' track on the new UNPLUGGED UNFRETTED compilation CD, we are all eagerly awaiting new acoustic fretless guitar offerings from this immense talent."

- International Unfretted Artists


 

  "You are a great addition to Acoustic Player Magazine, and someone pushing the limits of the acoustic guitar. I think what you do is great. Keep up the fine work."

- Doug Jones, Editor; Acoustic Player Magazine   (USA)

 


 

  "Kevin writes beautiful, thoughtful, highly original music. His work is not to be missed." 

  - John La Grou, President, Millennia Music & Media Systems  (USA)
 

"Hi Kevin,

Your Music remembers, in my mind, different ice places, cold winds, but not with a negative sense!  I've never listened to this kind of music."

Best regards,
Luca Soattin (ITALY)

"CIAO, KEVIN!!

Yesterday I received the CDs ... WHAT A GIFT FOR ME!!  For me it's something much more important of a precious jewel... money will never buy a feeling, or a true emotion!!  I have a secret (I speak only for myself..) that permit me to appreciate at maximum level your music, Kevin, that is: "When you hear something from KK, you have to forget everything you knew before".

Now I will 'dive' in this new ocean, living new experiences in music....  At first hearing, let me say, I finally can hear the whole extension of the guitars, low tunes are something really new for me.. some chemistry between wood and gauges.. but also the high ones sound so clear.. is it a miracle? For sure you know the secret!  This for the technical impact of the sound on my ears.  But, if you want, I will tell you the most important part of feeling that I have with your music: the emotional one!  So, dear Kevin, you give me a complete new experience with music, the one that I love, so how can I thank you enough??  With this thanksgiving I salute you, be sure that your fan is now enjoying your wonderful creations.

Now I have your CDs, I'm listening the marvelous sound of two guitars, I'm starting from the heart (tracks 4 5 6 7 8) of Resonance going toward the frontiers of it and then exploring Scalar Fields, learning and appreciating the differences between the playing of Szabo and Siegfried...they are great musicians; now I can recognize your playing in the tracks, and it is the one that I like so, so much, (it's a matter of feeling, not easy to explain)..., than, as final, I will explore Parallel Crossings.

I'm happy to hear that you are working on new albums, I will sure buy them when they will be available.. you are the kind of Artist that I appreciate so much, a never-ending research and work for music. I'm in good company now, listening your music I feel like to live in a magical world. Thank you so much, Kevin, have good & creative recordings as (only) you are able to do, I'll wait for them.

Ciao, Kevin, e arrivederci a presto."

- Daniele Demunari, guitarist (ITALY)

"Hi Kevin,

I took the time to purposefully listen to Parabola this week. Within seconds of turning it on I received a sensation of an image - both visually and emotionally. This does not happen to me all the time and I can't put my finger on what exactly triggers it - but when I am given this gift, I know enough to not question it and just go with it. I absolutely love when this happens which is why I love the creative process - so thank you!

Kevin Kastning - Quotes

 

"Kevin, I enjoyed listening to your CDs. I like your style and the music has an intriguing atmosphere." 

- Steve Hackett  (UK)

 



 

"Hi Kevin: Sweet improvisations you do with Mark Wingfield. Bravo!"

- Michael Chapdelaine  (USA)

 

 

"Kevin,
I'm blown away by what you do. I cannot even begin to conceptualize everything that you do musically. You're truly an inspiration.

All the best,
David"

- David Newsam; Back Bay Guitar Trio  (USA)

 

 

“An amazing player; completely original. I've never heard anything like his music.”

- Dominic Miller (guitarist with Sting)

 

 

 

"Hi Kevin,

I FINALLY had a chance to sit with your music for a while this chilly Vermont morning…. you paint with a very different palette than I do, but the result is undeniably lovely and involving.

All my best,

Will"

- Will Ackerman

 

"...the inventive genius of Massachusetts, acoustic mastermind Kevin Kastning."

- All About Jazz magazine (US)

 

 

Hello Kevin,

Thank you for the copy of your wonderful CD In Stories. I find it an exciting combination of your spherical guitar sounds with Mark's unique electric tone. Very unique and special. His legato melodies blend beautifully with your chordal ground work, excellent job!  Keep this wonderful music coming.

Thank you, all the best,
- Dieter Kaudel
K&K Systems (US)

 

 

"Dear Kevin:
Many thanks for the beautiful CD In Stories in duo with Mark Wingfield  that I am enjoying so much now.  The atmosphere and the melodies that you produce are perfect and the sounds are really beautiful and deep.
 
ABRAZOS GRANDES AMIGO
Fernando"

- Fernando Freitez (VENEZUELA)

 

"Keep up the wonderful work of adding passionate, positive music to this world! You have a beautiful gift. It inspires me to reach for new ground with my own music!  Keep sharing your gift with the world!

Wishing you a glorious New Year! ~ Peace & Joy,"

- Joni Bishop  (USA)
 




"Kevin, you are an AWESOME musician."

- Milton R. Gomez, Professor at Concervatorio Nacional de Musica; Mexico City (MEXICO)
 

 




"Kevin's albums are artistically relevant, curious, and impeccable at a sound level. The art of Kevin Kastning is innovative, courageous, hypnotic. These albums are a summary of innovative music and well-captured sound."
 -    OnClassical (ITALY)

"Kevin is primarily a fretted acoustic player well known and respected for his modern classical abstract intuitive style which feels something like quantum physics in sound form - however in recent years he has been drawn deeply to the fretless acoustic guitar. Featured as the 'exit' track on the new UNPLUGGED UNFRETTED compilation CD, we are all eagerly awaiting new acoustic fretless guitar offerings from this immense talent."

- International Unfretted Artists


 

  "You are a great addition to Acoustic Player Magazine, and someone pushing the limits of the acoustic guitar. I think what you do is great. Keep up the fine work."

- Doug Jones, Editor; Acoustic Player Magazine   (USA)

 


 

  "Kevin writes beautiful, thoughtful, highly original music. His work is not to be missed." 

  - John La Grou, President, Millennia Music & Media Systems  (USA)
 

"Hi Kevin,

Your Music remembers, in my mind, different ice places, cold winds, but not with a negative sense!  I've never listened to this kind of music."

Best regards,
Luca Soattin (ITALY)

"CIAO, KEVIN!!

Yesterday I received the CDs ... WHAT A GIFT FOR ME!!  For me it's something much more important of a precious jewel... money will never buy a feeling, or a true emotion!!  I have a secret (I speak only for myself..) that permit me to appreciate at maximum level your music, Kevin, that is: "When you hear something from KK, you have to forget everything you knew before".

Now I will 'dive' in this new ocean, living new experiences in music....  At first hearing, let me say, I finally can hear the whole extension of the guitars, low tunes are something really new for me.. some chemistry between wood and gauges.. but also the high ones sound so clear.. is it a miracle? For sure you know the secret!  This for the technical impact of the sound on my ears.  But, if you want, I will tell you the most important part of feeling that I have with your music: the emotional one!  So, dear Kevin, you give me a complete new experience with music, the one that I love, so how can I thank you enough??  With this thanksgiving I salute you, be sure that your fan is now enjoying your wonderful creations.

Now I have your CDs, I'm listening the marvelous sound of two guitars, I'm starting from the heart (tracks 4 5 6 7 8) of Resonance going toward the frontiers of it and then exploring Scalar Fields, learning and appreciating the differences between the playing of Szabo and Siegfried...they are great musicians; now I can recognize your playing in the tracks, and it is the one that I like so, so much, (it's a matter of feeling, not easy to explain)..., than, as final, I will explore Parallel Crossings.

I'm happy to hear that you are working on new albums, I will sure buy them when they will be available.. you are the kind of Artist that I appreciate so much, a never-ending research and work for music. I'm in good company now, listening your music I feel like to live in a magical world. Thank you so much, Kevin, have good & creative recordings as (only) you are able to do, I'll wait for them.

Ciao, Kevin, e arrivederci a presto."

- Daniele Demunari, guitarist (ITALY)

"Hi Kevin,

I took the time to purposefully listen to Parabola this week. Within seconds of turning it on I received a sensation of an image - both visually and emotionally. This does not happen to me all the time and I can't put my finger on what exactly triggers it - but when I am given this gift, I know enough to not question it and just go with it. I absolutely love when this happens which is why I love the creative process - so thank you!

Here is what your music inspired me to create. If I was to describe your music in words, and what the painting is representing, is although you work with one instrument (creating a very concentrated/direct sound) there is an entire "life" around that sound. The pieces are so much larger than just the instrument and the artist. They just felt so much bigger to me - and this sensation came to me immediately - it was not from a deep intense analysis of your work.

Anyways, thank you again for connecting me to my most inner being - that is a true gift to give someone."

- Jacquie Gouveia, artist (USA)

 

"Dear Kevin,

I listened to the three albums after each other on a chronological order.
1. Book Of Days
2. Bichromial
3. Scalar Fields
With these three CDs you seem to occupy the empire of atonality. Nowadays I miss the atonal music a lot on guitar. There are some classical composers who write some atonal things but the "all on nylon string" limits the possibilities.  So I was very glad to hear that at last someone writes (improvises) real contemporary guitar music for steel string guitars using atonality.  I see a big evolution from the first to the third one. The first had vertical dimension, then in the third album the chord appeared which is really very nice in such an atonal texture. The recorded sound of the Scalar Fields album is really phenomenal in any aspect. Detailed, atmospheric, personal, serves the music perfectly.  I also loved the sound of the Bichromial.  I have an absolutely different image how a baritone guitar should sound. When I listened your short MP3 samples I told myself: That's it! At last there is a guy who made a really nice baritone sound.  My first thought was that you are a very important figure in the modern guitar scene.  To tell the truth I am always continuously searching for new modern guitar music and it is so rare when I find one which is really high level in any aspect.  The baritone guitar is a new thing, theoretically it exists for a while but there are not really brave and inspired guitar players to try it. So it is not accident that I am so much interested what you do and compose.  All together, I can say that these albums are very valuable pieces of my acoustic guitar music collection.  So Kevin, congratulations for this very disciplined music carrying a shady beauty all the time!  Just keep on composing such a very special music.  I would be very curious on hearing some solo compositions. 

Kevin, I was very much impressed after you mentioned that the bigger part of the music was improvised. Actually I compose by improvising. I love freely improvised music. This is the only way which can keep the music organic. So knowing that you both improvised made the albums even more valuable for me.  The SF is a really very original and deep album that I very much miss in the modern guitar scene. L'art pour L'art.   I do not exaggerate if I tell you that your Scalar Fields album made a big impression on me. I said to myself: Wow, there is a guy who is not really known and created something really strong which is missing so much from the guitar world. Your music is strong, original, beautiful, soulful....it has a lot of properties that has a big value. There are a lot of famous players who actually do NOTHING just waste the notes.....according to that, you showed a possible, very important direction, a possibility for the guitar world...YOUR MUSIC, YOUR PERFORMANCE, YOUR SOUND.

In the last days I listened to only your albums. I have a deeper and deeper view on your soundscapes.

I am absolutely blown away by the sound quality of Scalar Fields. The 12-string tracks are really fantastic. I never heard such a fat sounding 12-string before...!!!Wow!

What you do is absolutely satisfy my taste and demands in music. It is so fargoing and new that it is not possible not to notice that. Your baritone approach is also absolutely original. I would like to encourage you to continue on this path. It is for the future!!!!!

So that is all for now and I think I will listen to the Scalar once more...

Thank you for the great musical experience!" 

Sándor Szabó, guitarist/composer, (HUNGARY)

  "Listening to Scalar Fields. This is some amazingly beautiful music. Amazing guitar tones on this recording, very pure, clear and present; beautifully recorded. It's pretty rare to hear unadulterated acoustic guitar tones and it feels good. I am excited about your music, it is not often I discover something that sounds fresh to my ears. I've been listening to quite a bit of acoustic guitar