Edmar Castaneda

Sunday July 21, 2019

1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

Phone: 246-2261
Website: Click to Visit





Phone: 505-268-0044
Website: Click to Visit

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)