Edmar Castaneda

Edmar Castaneda

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“Producing cross-rhythms like a drummer, smashing chordal flourishes like flamenco Guitarist and collating bebop and Colombian music, Edmar is almost a world unto him-self.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Biography

Edmar Castaneda is the sort of musician who isn't afraid to challenge the established order. He's carving out a place for himself in Latin jazz on an instrument you don't often hear in his chosen genre: the Colombian harp. He's adapted intricate traditional finger picking techniques to play jazz melodies along with the Afro-Cuban tumbao (bass line). He can switch between rural Colombian dance music and jazz with a twist of his wrist literally. His musical vision is so invigorating that he's gaining fans like NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera, with whom Castaneda has performed. His Website shows him constantly on the road as a guest artist with other forward thinkers or with his touring trio. Castaneda craft a transporting mix of tradition and improvisation. Chances are, you've never heard anything like it.

Edmar Castaneda has performed and recorded (to rave critical reviews) with an impressive lineup including the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, Lila Downs, Hamilton de Holanda, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paquito D'Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, John Patitucci, Dave Samuels, and John Scofield.
News: Edmar will perform as opening for Paco de Lucia in Toronto Jazz Festival (6th June 2011)

Discography

CUARTO DE COLORES - 2005
Paquito D'Rivera / Sax - Clarinet
Oscar Staganaro / Bass
Ari Hoeing / Drums
Pedro Martinez / Congas -Bata - Vocal
Hetor Del Curto / Bandoneon
Mike Rodriguez / Trumpet
Marshall Gilkes / Trombone
Dave Silliman / Drums-Perc.

ENTRE CUERDAS" - 2009
Edmar Castaneda /harp
Marshall Gilkes/trombone
Dave Silliman /Drums-Perc.
John Scofield/Guitar
Andrea Tierra/Canto
Joe Locke/Vipes
Samuel Torres/cajon

NEW SOLO ALBUM - June 2011