May 302014
 

Kevin Kastning

Kevin Kastning

Kevin Kastning may be the best-known Groton guitarist you probably don’t have on your playlists. But if you’re near a computer or Internet radio node this evening, you can tune in for a live interview with him at 6 p.m. on Public Radio International and let him add your to his international list of fans.

According to a media release from WHFR in Detroit, DJ Tom Wilson, “Will be interviewing this incredible artist, Guitarist Kevin Kastning, Friday May 30th on the “Space is the Place” program (6 -8 p.m. EST) at whfr.fm (Detroit) MI, Public Radio International. Please join me for this exciting interview of one of America’s most critically acclaimed acoustic guitarists.” The radio station broadcasting the interview is at http://whfr.fm/.

What does he play? It’s actually a difficult question, but part of the answer is what instruments he plays. “I perform and record on instruments of my own invention. My main strument is the 36-string double contra guitar. And I also record and perform on the 30-string contra soprano guitar. I can tell you it’s played on modern classical radio shows, it gets played on some jazz stations, it even gets played on new age and world music shows — so it’s kind of an amalgam of all that,” he said.

He draws creativity from, “Mostly composers. Bella Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakovich; and a lot of early music guys, like pre-15th or pre-16th century,” Kastning said.

Kastning’s website is at http://www.kevinkastning.com/.

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