Press

“This isn’t just an ensemble to watch, but one to support… This is the future of meaningful music.”
~ Lauri Goldenhersh (Laurislist.net); for the full review, click here.

“The Salastina Music Society is a distinctive new element in the LA chamber music scene with a contemporary approach to programming… the program did, in fact, keenly engage my attention with its inherent pace and diversity – not to mention the outstanding artistry, virtuosity and creativity… Kumar and Jasper created one of the highlights of the afternoon with their breathtaking performance of Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz. They were of one mind in their moving portrayal… The performance was stunning in its simple beauty.  I will not soon forget the experience… The audience leapt to their feet with a rousing stamp of approval… Bravi to Jasper, Kumar, and the entire ensemble for bringing this unique addition to the Los Angeles chamber scene.”
~ Theodore Bell (CultureSpot LA); for the full review, click here.

“For the new listener and the listener of long experience, both, Salastina liberates classical music from the cloistered cells of academia and makes it completely relevant to our lives today.”
~ Bill Haxton (Visalia Times/Kaweah Commonwealth)

“The Salastina Music Society’s opening concert followed the contemporary trend of embedding a classical gem — in this case, Brahms Op. 111 Quintet — with music of varying character and sensibility. The world premiere of Jeremy Cavaterra’s brought forth real soul from Elizabeth Futral, who then closed the concert in triumph with a “Sempre Libera” that brought down the house. The quality and commitment of the players throughout the evening was never in doubt; they looked as good as they played, and violinist Kevin Kumar, Salastina’s co-artistic director along with Maia Jasper, gave a lesson in elegant virtuosity that is rare.”
~ Laurence Vittes (Gramophone Magazine/Huffington Post)

“As cacophony assaults us from all sides, Salastina keeps the flame of actual music burning bright.”
~ David Ehrenstein (LA Weekly/Variety)

“Artistic directors Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar welcomed ‘Funny People’ star [Seth Rogen], who brought bumbling charm to the tale of a docile bull who’d rather smell flowers than fight in a ring.”
~ Los Angeles Times; for the full review, click here.

“Salastina is leading the way for the future of chamber music. With audience numbers shrinking and a general lack at interest from youth in classical music, String Visions has always applauded those who are bold enough to break with tradition… If classical music is going to remain relevant to our entire culture and not just a select portion of society, then we need to modernize the concert hall so that audiences won’t feel intimidated. Salastina does just that, and they’re not afraid to try just about anything to bring classical music to a wider public.”
~ Nicholas Heinzmann (Ovation Press); for the full review, click here.

“Founded by violinists and chamber musicians Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar, Salastina Music Society is a classical concert series that aims to bring a dose of culture to Los Angeles… The society’s performances include musical selections drawn from the Renaissance through present day, an emphasis on vocal chamber music, audience participation and an assortment of atmospheres to enhance the classical music experience.”
~ Los Angeles Times; for the full story, click here.

“Salastina’s penchant for playing excerpts and custom chamber arrangements makes them quite unique and gives them interesting latitude in programming… In the midst of its third season, the Salastina Music Society has become a very significant and distinctive contribution to the chamber music scene in Los Angeles. The scholarly programming with its quality of intellect and approachability, coupled with the area’s finest musicians, is a winning combination. Bravo again!”
~ Theodore Bell (CultureSpot LA); for the full review, click here.

“… I can’t imagine a better interpretation of this piece, which was remarkably warm and saw each voice fully integrated with the others.”
~ Scott Timberg; for the full review, click here.

“Genuine care and thought was clearly put into assembling these works into a context that illuminated facets of them that are often overlooked… No less care was lavished on the performances themselves; each of the musicians on stage formidable solo artists in their own right. Their unanimity of tone, elegant phrasing, deep expressiveness, and bristling energy had to be heard to be believed… The name of the Salastina Society may not be known even to some of the region’s hard-core chamber music buffs. It’s one of Southern California’s best-kept musical secrets – but extraordinary performances such as Sunday’s will assure it a lasting fame well beyond the Golden State’s borders.”
~ Ted Ayala, Crescenta Valley Weekly; for the full review, click here.