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Ethereal I

by Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo

Duet compositions for acoustic 36-string Double Contraguitar, 30-string Contra-Alto guitar, 15-string Extended classical guitar, and electric guitar and electric baritone guitars.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Choros Nympharum
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
7:04 $0.99
2. The Leaves Are Full of Voices
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
8:24 $0.99
3. And in the Water
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
6:39 $0.99
4. For Which the Stone Is Cut
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
7:56 $0.99
5. Drift Under Hills
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
7:44 $0.99
6. Spoken by Wind
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
5:35 $0.99
7. The Eyes of Day
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
9:18 $0.99
8. You Never Seem to Have Discovered
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
7:17 $0.99
9. Moves Only Now and Clinging
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
6:15 album only
10. Sylva Nympharum
Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo
9:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Perspectives: Kevin Kastning & Sándor Szabó (Greydisc)

"Avant-garde Hungarian classical guitarist/composer Sándor Szabó has been performing improvised acoustic genre mash-ups since 1980. Kansas-born experimental acoustic guitarist Kevin Kastning has recorded prolifically both solo and with the likes of Michael Manring and Carl Clements. Together, they have assembled nine tracks of jaw-dropping proficiency, beauty, and .... unrepentant weirdness.

Not content with a mere six strings each, Szabó plays 16-string classical and Contraguitars while Kastning works a 36-string Double Contraguitar of his own invention, which at turns sounds almost like a combination of harp and Chapman Stick.

Opening track "Exordium" is a lush and relaxing acoustic journey, setting you up for a hard left turn into tension-filled "Fenestram Lumen" sporting tritones galore. Later on the downright creepy "Poesis" feels like an excerpt from a horror movie. Closing cut "Altum Valeo" is positively baffling in its insistent discordance and oddly soothing charm. In cases where the guitarists appear to be playing musical hide-and-seek a la "Geminus," "Vitrum Hyalus" and elsewhere, it takes multiple listens for the seeming randomness to perceptively coalesce.

Those with a taste for complex and challenging acoustic music will find this a rare delight."

-- Progression Magazine (US)
Issue No. 70; Autumn 2016



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