With a Harp
The New Mexico Jazz Festival continues its summery musical reign with an all-ages performance by Columbian-born virtuoso jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda on Sunday, July 21 at 7pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center. The stringy recital—also part of NHCC's Domingos En Artes series—takes place at the fountain courtyard and no doubt includes some of the artist's own intricate compositions, as well as forays into the deep waters of Columbian and Venezuelan folk music. Castaneda makes the harp sound like a multi-instrument ensemble and his command of the instrument is the result of years of study with his father, Pavelid, an important South American harpist. His work with Latinx jazz luminarees like Paquito D'Rivera and Simón Diaz is marked by fluent beauty and compelling rhythmic choices. For a glimpse of this enchanting, entertaining musician ahead of his appearance in Burque, check out his NPR Tiny Desk concert from 2010; it totally glistens. Tickets cost $20/$15 ($5 discount for Outpost Members & NHCC Members).
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Sunday July 21, 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508
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The Colombian-born harp virtuoso plays live.
Since arriving in the United States in 1994, Colombian-born harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda, who blew everyone away in his first Outpost appearance in the spring of 2018, returns to perform twice for the New Mexico Jazz Festival – first as part of the NHCC’s Domingos en Artes, a summer music and dance series which takes place in the NHCC’s Fountain Courtyard, and again at Santa Fe Bandstand on July 23. Castaneda has forged a unique musical path, bringing a wholly original voice to jazz and other genres and taking the world by storm with his virtuosity and command of his instrument. The consummate collaborator, he has forged a series of exciting partnerships, including with Japanese pianist Hiromi, John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and more and he has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the 10th annual World Harp Congress. “If you aren’t watching Castaneda in action, you might think you’re listening to an ensemble rather than a solo player. His left hand pops and slaps the strings, dancing across minor- key ostinatos, while his right hand arpeggiates chords and invents spontaneous micro-melodies. Between both hands, you hear the overlapping polyrhythms of joropo, a complex, triple-meter dance from South America.” (Hartford Courant)