"As an European musician, I was strongly
influenced by all the musics of ECM Records. ECM produced several very special
albums which were references of different artistic aspects for decades. Since I
was deeply involved in modern contemporary acoustic guitar music, both as a
composer and improvising guitarist, one of the most important references was the
album entitled "Dis" by Jan Garbarek and Ralph Towner. This album was a
milestone in the guitar and sax duo realm because the music sounded so different
and fresh; both melodically and harmonically, than anything else which preceded
it. It was so organic and fargoing that nothing surpassed this for decades,
until now. The new reference has been born recently at Greydisc Records by Kevin
Kastning and Carl Clements. I am very glad to be part of this album as a
producer and a mastering sound engineer. It is always a fantastic experience to
see and hear people playing together with exceptional chemistry; however it
seems to me the soul of these two people are grown together. Their playing is
much more than a so-called high level improvisation. It is much rather a
real-time composing process wherein the two musicians play as one soul. They
invoke the music incredibly fluently, effortlessly, and without compromises.
They act like two divers who go deep into the sea to bring up things previously
unseen, and upon their return display wonderful but otherwise inaccessible
objects. This is like the creation of their music. Their music is like a
spiritual vehicle conveying our mind to eternity. It is for these reasons that
this is a new reference for me in the contemporary guitar/saxophone duo music."
- Sándor Szabó
January 3, 2012
Credits and Special Thanks
Kevin Kastning: 14-string Contraguitar,
12-string Alto guitar, Classical guitar
Carl Clements: Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone, Flute, Bansuri flutes
All compositions by Kevin Kastning and Carl
Clements ©2012 Suigeneria Music [BMI]
Recorded 2010 and 2011 at Studio Traumwald Studio A and Studio B; Massachusetts, USA
Mixed and mastered at Tandem Records Experimental Studio; Vác, Hungary by Sándor Szabó
Cover photo "Old Ayer Road: 2007" by Kevin Kastning
Produced by Sándor Szabó
Kevin offers special thanks to Carl Clements; Sándor Szabó; Richard Hoover and everyone at Santa Cruz Guitars; Daniel Roberts at Daniel Roberts Stringworks; Mary Faith, Todd, and everyone at John Pearse Strings; Katalin Németh; Siegfried; Brian Zolner and Casey Dowdel at Bricasti Design; David Browne at Enhanced Audio Ireland; Therese Kastning; and Karen.
Carl would like to thank Kevin Kastning, Sándor Szabó, Siegfried, Amanda Barrow, and Bruce and Carlene Clements.
Kevin Kastning plays Santa Cruz Guitars, Daniel Roberts Stringworks Guitars, Cervantes classical guitars, and John Pearse Strings. Kevin records with microphones by Microtech Gefell, and flies Anvil Cases.