Kevin Kastning and Carl Clements have been creating music together since the mid-1980s, and have released five duo CDs together. The work on these recordings defies any clear categorization, as Kevin and Carl draw on an eclectic variety of sources such as Western classical and contemporary music, jazz, Hindustani classical music, and numerous other styles and genres. While their approach to the creation of their music is primarily improvisational, the end result exhibits a strong sense of compositional integrity. Kevin performs on guitars of his own invention, including the 36-string Double Contraguitar, 30-string Contra-Alto guitar, and the 15-string Extended Classical guitar, 17-string Hybrid Extended Classical guitar; and piano. Carl performs on tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, alto flute, and the North Indian bansuri (bamboo flute). Guitar Player Magazine called Kastning & Clements’ 2012 release Dreaming As I Knew“sublimely beautiful.” Holland’s DPRP Magazine said of Dreaming As I Knew: “Together, Kevin and Carl create gentle excursions of interwoven beauty that as indicated before, while having a deeply dream-like quality in keeping with the album’s title, are also very intricate in construction.” Watercolor Sky, Kevin & Carl's previous release, was named 2014 Album of the Year by acousticmusic.com.
Guitarist/composer Kevin Kastning has released numerous albums under the Greydisc Records label, including five solo albums. Other albums include collaborations with Carl Clements, Alex De Grassi, Michael Manring, Bálazs Major, David Siegfried, Sándor Szabó, and Mark Wingfield. He has performed internationally in various settings and configurations. Kastning is a contemporary classical composer with over 200 compositions for various chamber and solo instrumentation, including ten piano sonatas, seven string quartets and numerous works for unusual instrument duets, trio, quartets and quintets. Kevin’s works have been performed annually by the London Chamber Group since 2001. Kevin is also the inventor of various unique guitars, and has collaborated on their creation with Dan Roberts (Santa Cruz Guitar Co.) and Alistair Hay (Emerald Guitars).
Saxophonist/flutist/composer Carl Clements performs internationally in a variety of styles, with a particular focus on jazz, Hindustani classical music, and various forms of improvised and pre-composed music. He is featured on numerous recordings, and has performed at jazz festivals and concerts in the US, Europe, Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He received a Ph.D.in ethnomusicology at the CUNY York Graduate Center, an MFA in Jazz Performance from CalArts, a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music, and has studied North Indian classical music on the bansuri since 1989. As an educator, Clements’ primary areas are jazz performance, theory, and ethnomusicology, and he is currently Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Amherst College.
May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot is an experimental collaboration between a musician-academic and an academic-storyteller. Combining music with storytelling, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Kimberlee Pérez address, interweave, and dialogue across the tensions, pleasures, and connections that emerge from the colliding and disparate spheres they work within, embody and live: classical music and performance art, upper-middle and working-class, and white-Jewish and mixed-race Chicana. The two met as participants in the UMass Interdisciplinary Studies Institute where each eyed the other’s world with curiosity and uncertainty and which led to an unexpected New Year’s Eve at the symphony.
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen is a concert saxophonist and assistant professor at UMass Amherst. His work includes new and historical classical music, including concertos, solo repertoire, and chamber music. Concerto engagements have led him across the country to perform with orchestras in Philadelphia, California and Michigan, and his work in chamber music has resulted in collaborations with David Shifrin and Rudresh Mahanthappa at Chamber Music Northwest and Princeton University, respectively. His saxophone sextet, The Moanin' Frogs, won First Prize at the 2018 MPrize Chamber Arts Competition and has appeared on stages from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to The Gong Show on ABC. Recording and touring with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis in the Admiral Launch Duo resulted in their debut album in 2018 on Albany Records. As a solo artist, Jonathan explores the fringes of classical music through commissioning and performing genre-bending works. He toured these pieces as "Timbre|ine" to Croatia, Scotland, and universities in the South and Midwest, and is preparing them for recording. Jonathan earned his BM and MM under Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan and is a Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist.
Kimberlee Pérez is a queer chicana, reluctant academic, and sometimes storyteller. Her interests in the politics of belonging and coalition, intimacy, personal narrative and solo performance occasionally lead her out of the comforts of solitude and silence and into various publics. Like this one. Current thoughts on belonging manifesting through projects in progress, including her book project Queer Intimacies: On the Politics of Belonging in Performance. She is also working on an essay about the experience of survival, and another on audiencing across difference. Recent performances include Rubbing Up Against Difference (On the Complex Erotics of Audiencing), South of Living: Queer Belonging in Dangerous Times, and You Can Get Anything You Want. Performances in progress include The Quietest Camper and a (not quite) musical performance, Sideways with Phil (A Roadtrip Musical).