“This isn’t just an ensemble to watch, but one to support… This is the future of meaningful music.”
“As cacophony assaults us from all sides, Salastina keeps the flame of actual music burning bright.”
— David Ehrenstein (LA Weekly/Variety)
"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
"Programming – the selection of works to be played at a performance of classical music – can be crucial. In the right hands, it not only makes for an appealing spectrum of contrasting and complementing colors, but it also sets the listeners’ ears on a journey in which these works not only stand alone, but are also contextualized within the greater environment that surrounds them. It’s a kind of storytelling in which piece after succeeding piece draws the listener along the compelling thread of narrative spool being drawn before them. In this regard, the performances last weekend by Salastina Society... revealed not only the superlative polish of their musicians, but their uncanny ability to weave programs that can be illuminating and even surprising."
-- Nestor Castiglione, Crecenta Valley Weekly
"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)
“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)
“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 the present day, an emphasis on vocal chamber music, audience participation and an assortment of atmospheres to enhance the classical music experience.”
— Los Angeles Times