Brian Kastan

Brian Kastan

Instrument: Bass, electric | Location: New York City

Think Zappa 21st Century… Brian's Guitar is Just Killer.
—Dick Metcalf

Updated: November 26, 2020

Born: April 2, 1972

​ Brian Kastan is a guitarist, electric/fretless bass player, composer and landscape photographer. He is best known for his original sounding improvisations and composing style, self-developed hybrid finger picking technique on guitar, and laying down big fat bass grooves and electric bass improvisations. Brian has released 20 albums as a band leader or band member. (Playing bass on 6 of the albums) Brian Kastan has composed soundtracks for TV and Film (Featuring Robert Loggia-Nominated for Academy Award The God Father-Sopranos, Martin Kove, (Karate Kid/Rambo), Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmie Walker (Goodtimes), Michael Winslow (Police Academy) Todd Bridges (Different Strokes) Jewels McCullough (Playboy Playmate/Growing Pains, Composed Soundtrack for Blue Lives Matter movie with acclaimed movie director Dylan Bank) Plus, composed soundtrack for T.V. show Hospital Arrest. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8075027/ ​ ​ Played guitar for Nonsuch Record Label, Rhys Cantham's “The Grissom Grail”, http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/a- crimson-grail Recorded Live at Lincoln Center in 2010. ​ Played MTV Rock the Vote at Rutgers University Composer Representing Unites States/Focolare Movement/ Shown Via Satellite on 6 Continents (Budapest Blues) 2009. Plus performed and/or recorded with Grammy winning jazz vocalist, Miles Griffith, (Won grammy with Wynton Marsalis Blood on the Fields) Peter O'Brien, Steve Rust, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Yutaka Uchida, George Dulin, Danny Zanker, Jay Brunka, Oscar Perez, Dave Mullen, Robert Kopec, Tani Tabbal, Bob Meyer, Harvey Sorgen, Taru Alexander, Nick Gianni, Dave Berger, Eric Person,George Spanos, Travis Sullivan, Eishin Nose, Mike Pride, Ryan Berg, Eddy Khaimovich, Mike Bendy, Andy Sanesi, Juini Booth and many more

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Reviews Avant Trance Dance For this single track, guitarist Brian Kastan plays two parts of a trio with drummer Peter O’Brien, supplying electric bass and guitar on a tune that is part John Scofield, Keith Richards and a dash of Robert Fripp. The just under five minute white knuckler starts with a quacking wacka-wooka of a bass line, pulsating with O’Brien’s crisp but jagged pulse before guitar jabs like Floyd Merriweather rock and tumble, building up fire and heat as the three wrestle to a jarring and intensely tensile climax

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