Continuing in the ambient realm, Ethereal VI is the latest addition to the mesmerizing series of Ethereal albums from Kevin Kastning and Sandor Szabo. This sixth installment transports listeners into a world of enchanting soundscapes, featuring a harmonious blend of lush atmospheres, captivatingly unique guitar tones, and innovative compositions.
Sándor Szabó and Kevin Kastning, both distinguished musicians, embarked on a musical journey that led them to create this ethereal masterpiece. Sándor Szabó, an accomplished artist, honed his skills at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and he had the privilege of receiving private tutelage from none other than guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny. Kevin Kastning, renowned for his 28-string Double Contraguitar, 15-string Baritone guitar, and 12-string Baritone guitar mastery, has a prolific career marked by the creation of over 300 compositions, spanning solo performances to chamber group arrangements.
Throughout his career, Kevin Kastning has collaborated with an array of musical luminaries, including Alex de Grassi, Michael Manring, Mark Wingfield, Carl Clements, Sandor Szabo, and many others. Notably, Kevin's innovative spirit led him to devise groundbreaking instruments such as the 17-string hybrid extended classical guitar and the 15-string extended classical guitar. With an extensive discography boasting over 40 albums, Kevin's musical legacy resonates far and wide. Currently residing in the serene landscapes of Maine, USA, Kevin continues to enchant and captivate audiences with his soul-stirring compositions and unparalleled artistry.
Through free form development, the nine pieces on Ethereal VI take listeners on exploratory journeys that feel much like droplets floating into one’s mind. Occasional rhythms spike, and melody goes on to take form, yet more often the music floats in a spacious embrace of conscious sparks that interplay between Kastning and Szabo.
The depth of tones and brilliance of texture grace this recording, allowing one to easily fall into a meditative state where imagination takes hold as the unusual guitar voices permeate through the listening room.
Released August 1, 2023.
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