Cinders (aka The Cinders Ensemble) was first formed in 1998 by keyboardist Kirk Laktas and violist James Alexander. Over the years they have worked with members of Stars of the Lid, Ultrasound, East Babylon Symphony, My Education, Shearwater and many others. The group recorded one self-released album, “Cinders, Live in the Chapel”, and contributed material to various compilations and soundtracks. After a hiatus, Laktas and Alexander regrouped and have been joined by guitarist Brian Purington and bassist Joe Volpi. Cinders has made several concert appearances since then including performances in collaboration with other instrumental groups. Cinders recently completed recordings of new material and they are being prepared for release in the near future.