The seeds of the Pulkingham Layne duo (Darin Layne and David Pulkingham) were planted in the early 1990s when the pair met while studying music at the renowned University of North Texas Jazz program. After-class guitar “hangs” became usual occurrences and they formed a fast friendship centered around playing music together.
After graduation, both players eventually moved to Austin to cut their teeth in the bustling music scene. They soon became busy teaching, performing, and recording as session players. They also produced sessions and albums. In the midst of this, they discovered the guitar music of Brazil, specifically Choro, a style derived from the parlor music era of the late 18th century. It typically blends western classical and jazz harmony set to the syncopated rhythms of the African continent.
After playing in a local Choro band called The Crying Monkeys, Darin and David started a duo project and Pulkingham Layne was born. With Darin playing a seven-string guitar and David playing a six-string, they quickly learned to arrange Choros, written a century before, and started writing their own material. Their love of guitar music and their deep friendship became the centerpiece of their professional partnership.
Pulkingham Layne is the nylon string acoustic instrumental guitar project of Darin Layne and David Pulkingham. Both artists are top-notch performers, whose careers have placed them on stages around the world with luminaries ranging from Moby to Bruce Springsteen. Their second album, “Stringology” (August 2017), is in turns giddy, with playfulness and heartbreaking in sweet sadness. The 11 tracks on “Stringology” traverse styles from Brazilian Choro to Jazz to Classical, with nods to Flamenco and Klezmer music. Pulkingham Layne is a heartfelt expression of joy in music and camaraderie from two world-class players who have every intention of moving the listener.” – KutX 98.9