Michael Manring was a student of bass legend Jaco Pastorius. In 1979 he began his long-term collaboration with the late guitar genius Michael Hedges and subsequently appeared on all but one of Hedges seven recordings. In 1982 he became the house bassist at Windham Hill records; this led to a solo deal with Windham Hill in 1984 and a move to the San Francisco Bay Area where he still lives. He has released six albums of his own and appeared on well over three hundred albums as a session musician in genres ranging from New Age to avant-garde jazz to folk to experimental rock. Michael has also released three instructional videos detailing his innovative approach to the bass as well as a complete transcription book of his album, Thonk. He has toured throughout the world as a leader, a sideman and in his unique solo bass performances. Other artists he has worked with include Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), Suzanne Ciani, Will Ackerman, Tim Alexander (Primus), Larry Coryell, Alex Skolnick (Testament), John Gorka, Thomas Dolby, Henry Kaiser and Patty Larkin, He has two gold records to his credit, has been nominated for Grammy and Bammie awards, received the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, received two Just Plain Folks Awards and in 1994 the readers of Bass Player magazine voted him Bassist of the Year, thus making him ineligible for future consideration. Michael was also the subject of a 1998 PBS documentary called, The Artists Profile: Michael Manring. He has been called the bassist with the most fresh and inventive playing today (Musicien magazine, France), a virtuoso electric bassist whos almost single-handedly re-defined the outer limits of the instrument (San Jose Mercury News) and a master of the fretless bass without rival (Guitar Club magazine, Italy). ***** Kevin Kastning 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. Kevin is a recording artist for Greydisc Records, and has recorded albums with Alex De Grassi, Michael Manring, Mark Wingfield (UK), Siegfried, Sandor Szabo (Hungary), Gilbert Isbin (Belgium), and Carl Clements. Kevin s albums consistently receive very strong reviews from music magazines worldwide; as well as international radio airplay. Kastning s 2007 Greydisc release, Resonance placed in The Perfect Sound magazines Top 10 Albums of 2007, and his 2009 Greydisc release Parabola, was named by NPRs Pushing the Envelope as one of The Best Albums of the Year for 2009. Kastning s 2011 Greydisc release, I walked into the silver darkness was named as a Favorite of 2011 by New York City s WFMU-FM. 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. 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, and again in September 2011. 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 his main instrument: the 14-string Contraguitar.