Kevin Kastning & Mark Wingfield Live
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:15 PM
This event is 21 and over
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.” Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett said of Kevin, “I really love your style and atmospheres.” Kevin is a recording artist for Greydisc Records, and has recorded various albums with Alex De Grassi, Michael Manring, Mark Wingfield (UK), Sandor Szabo (Hungary), 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." “Parabola,” Kevin’s 2009 Greydisc release with guitarist Sandor Szabo was voted as one of the Best Albums of 2009 by NPR’s “Pushing the Envelope” program. 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. 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 and 16-string Contraguitars. Kevin is also an artist endorser for Bricasti Designs, G7 Performance Capos, John Pearse Strings, Daniel Roberts Stringworks, Peluso Microphones, and Enhanced Audio; among others. Kevin currently resides in northern Massachusetts.
Mark is an accomplished musician and composer. He counts among his influences both western and non-western classical forms, Indian, African, and Japanese musics. His jazz influences are also wide and include Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Kenny Wheeler, Anthony Braxton, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, and Jimi Hendrix. As a guitarist and band leader, Mark has released six albums, the last four on the Dark Energy Music label. In the US, Barry Cleveland at Guitar Player Magazine has called Mark a "celebrated British guitarist," "Virtuoso" and one of "England's most accomplished players."
The growing interest in his work led to commissions for the BMIC’s Cutting Edge Series, SPNM’s Sound Source, the European Commission funded Waterways Celebration, Jane Chapman, Elaine Funaro, Geoffrey Burgess, Kate Ryder, McFall’s Chamber and others. Recent performances of his compositions include The Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, London (numerous), Birmingham Conservatoir, Manchester,Leedsandmanymore. HiscompositionshavebeenfeaturedinlecturesatTheRoyalCollegeofMusic,TrinityCollegeof Music London, Goldsmiths College London to mark the opening of its new Contemporary Music Department, and others. Mark has recorded and performed with numerous celebrated jazz and classical musicians such as Jane Chapman, Kate Ryder, Thomas Strønen, Robert Mitchell, Yaron Stavi, and many others. He is about to record his third album with ECM artist Iain Ballamy. Mark is often credited with having found his own unique voice both on the guitar and as a composer. Guitar Player Magazine has called him "Consistently brilliant and forward-thinking” and "Unique and sophisticated." Anil Prasad of InnerViews has commented on Mark's "Determination to take his instrument into previously-unknown territory.” Also known for pushing the technology envelope, Mark no longer uses conventional guitar amps, but has developed his own unique electric guitar sounds using new technology.