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Edmar castaneda

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 taken New York and the world stage by storm
with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp—revolutionizing the way audiences and
critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category”. A master at
realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit,
Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself” (The New York Times). The
legendary 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.

Not unlike his fellow rarified musicians that have transformed their lives and immediate
circumstances through art, Edmar’s journey traces back to humble and altogether inspiring
beginnings. The son of a musician and a mother who nurtured young Edmar’s obvious natural
talents, he embraced the noble folkloric traditions of his native land. The “joropo” dance classes
which he and his sister regularly attended became for him a master class in movement,
accompanied by the harp. 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.
In the beginning I learned to play traditional folk music…



In addition to his acclaimed performing career as an instrumentalist, which has included features
at D’Rivera’s Carnegie Hall tribute, The DC Jazz Festival (formerly the Duke Ellington Jazz
Festival), Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the
Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the 10th annual World Harp Congress and numerous dates with artists
such as D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Scofield,
Chico O’Farrill ‘s Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band and John Patitucci, Lila Downs and many others.