Edmar Castaneda - Colombian Harpist

Category: Fundraising EventCategory: Music
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

New Canaan Library is pleased to present a musical performance by world renowned Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda.  Since his move to the U.S. in 1994 Mr. Castaneda has taken the New York and world stage by storm. He will be performing on Saturday, April 14th at 4 pm in the Adrian Lamb room. The concert is a ticketed event, with proceeds benefitting the Library.   Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online or at the Library.   

Edmar Castaneda has captivated the musical world with his virtuosic mastery of the harp, revolutionizing the way audiences and musical professionals alike have traditionally viewed the instrument. Characterized by The New York Times as “almost a world unto himself," Castaneda is a genius at realizing the complexities of the harp, while revealing its dynamic spirit and power. His vibrant performances are saturated with challenging feats of cross-rhythms and chordal nuances that rival the most accomplished flamenco guitarists. Influences and inspiration from traditional South American music and dance he embraced as a youth are reflected throughout; resonating not only in his music, but in his fluid body language as he seemingly envelops his harp.

Edmar Castaneda was born in 1978 in Bogota, Colombia. Like many of his fellow musicians and artists who have transformed their life through art, Castaneda’s journey traces back to humble but inspiring beginnings as the son of a musician and a mother who nurtured his talents. From early lessons on a traditional Colombian folk harp to “joropo” dance classes as a youth, his roots are evident in his extraordinary compositions and performances.

A highly giving individual, Castaneda is committed to sharing his mastery with others and improving people’s lives through his music. Residencies have included: a week-long initiative and performance at The Banff Centre with fellow faculty member Dave Douglas and other jazz greats; as well as an interactive workshop at the Berklee College of Music, which focused on Latin culture and culminated in a tribute to the late great Mambo King, Israel "Cachao"López.

In addition to his career as an instrumentalist, Castaneda has gained much recognition as a composer. Some of his performances have 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, Marcos Miller, John Patitucci, and Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band.  Edmar Castaneda has released a number of CDs, including his latest release, Double Portion.
Tickets to this event are $50 each.

Tickets can be purchased at the Library, online, or by calling Susan LaPerla at 203-594-5007.  When ordering online, please include "Edmar" in the comments field.

For more information about this special event  contact Susan LaPerla, Development Director at 203-594-5007, or slaperla@newcanaanlibrary.org.