Jazz Harpist Edmar Casteneda

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03.23.2017



Edmar Castaneda


World music phenomenon and Columbian jazz harp master Edmar Castaneda will present a dazzling concert for the West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series on Fri., April 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.

The legendary Paquito D’Rivera, Edmar’s frequent collaborator, describes Castaneda as “an enormous talent. With his versatility and enchanting charisma, he has taken his harp out of the shadows, and become one of the most original musicians in the Big Apple.”

Castaneda’s music draws on the traditional joropo dance music he absorbed early, as well as tango, Brazilian and flamenco guitar, West African kora, and virtuoso jazz piano influences. He juggles lead, rhythm and bass lines, using a variety of hard and soft string attacks to keep those voices distinct — all without giving up the groove.

“Audiences who attend this concert will hear a musician play an instrument like no other,” says Ted Malt, Professor of Music Studies and Director of Performing Arts. Malt adds, “As I watched a number video performances on NPR and from other venues in New York, I was captivated by the beauty and technicality that Edmar delivers. This is a one-of-a-kind performance, which I believe attributes to Edmar’s international success.”   

Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1978, Castaneda started early playing jazz trumpet, and then moved to harp.  Since relocating to New York in the mid-1990s, he has catapulted to world fame with his virtuosic command of the harp – revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider the instrument.

In addition to his acclaimed performing career as an instrumentalist, Castaneda’s recent performances have included Carnegie Hall, the DC Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and numerous other dates.  He regularly shares the stage with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Chico O’Farrill‘s Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, John Patitucci, and many more. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops in diverse musical contexts worldwide, and is also increasingly recognized as a composer. To find out more, visit: www.edmarcastaneda.com

“Audiences who attend this concert will hear a musician play an instrument like no other,” says Ted Malt, Professor of Music Studies and Director of Performing Arts. Malt adds, “As I watched a number video performances on NPR and from other venues in New York, I was captivated by the beauty and technicality that Edmar delivers. This is a one-of-a-kind performance, which I believe attributes to Edmar’s international success.”   

“Mr. Castaneda strummed, plucked, rubbed, jabbed and pounded on his cobalt blue Llanera harp as he conjured different shaped notes, harmonic textures and steady bass rhythms from the instrument’s 34 strings. About the only thing he didn’t do was light it on fire.” – Wall Street Journal.


Tickets can be purchased online.

The Performing Arts Series box office is open in the Schoenherr Campus Center Bookstore Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or call 231-843-5507.

Tickets will also be available in the lobby of the Ramsdell Center for the Arts one hour before the performance.


Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement