Instrument Portrait Series: HARP – Edmar Castañeda at Real Art Ways

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Instrument Portrait Series: HARP - Edmar Castañeda


At the home of Ed and Tracy Church in Hartford.

“One of the most singular and inspired artists on the scene today, Castañeda simultaneously comps, covers bass lines and solos with passion and virtuosity on his unique blue harp.” – Downbeat

“almost a world unto himself” – The New York Times

Please join us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 to listen to the incomparable jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda.

Castañeda’s performing credits include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall,The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. It will be a rare treat to experience his music in an intimate and personal setting.

In addition to his acclaimed performing career as an instrumentalist, Edmar has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, and Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band.

Experience the infectious charisma and powerful artistry of this amazing musician in a comfortable, intimate setting.

Tickets are $75 | $65 RAW Members

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About Edmar Castañeda
Edmar Castaneda was born in 1978, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally revolutionized the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category.” Paquito D’Rivera, Edmar’s frequent collaborator, has remarked: “Edmar is an enormous talent, he has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple.”

Even now, on stages across the globe, one notes how Edmar’s body seemingly engulfs his Colombian harp as he crafts almost unbelievable feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances rivaling the most celebrated flamenco guitarist’s efforts. Edmar’s latest recording “Double Portion,” (which features Miguel Zenon, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Hamilton de Holanda on Mandolina) has caught the attention of reviewers and his legion of fans. Rob Young of “Urban Flux Magazine” says of the recording “Edmar Castaneda’s caliber redefines depth, skill and emotion.”

Learn more at Edmar’s Website.