Primary Instrument: Harp
Edmar Castaneda was born in 1978, in the city of Bogota, 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:...
--THE NEW YORK TIMES
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.
The most amazing and well received new sensation for Panamanian jazz fans was Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda. --THE PANAMA NEWS
the phenomenal Columbian harpist Edmar Castaneda, whose technically astounding approach to the instrument normally associated with classical music has been registering with scenesters over the past year. Covering independent, heavily grooving bass lines with his left hand while chording and also running counterpoint melodies and dazzling triplet figures with his right hand (a kind of Charlie Hunter or Joe Passian approach to the harp),... --BILL MILKOWSKI, JAZZ TIMES
Rising star Castaneda has become a one-man musical wrecking crew, demolishing preconceptions about whether there’s even a place in jazz for the instrument. --Bob Young, Boston Herald
Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda, who made a more than convincing case for the harp as a jazz instrument. He was simply astonishing.
-- Jeremy Gerard, BLOOMBERG NEWS
“He nearly becomes a one man band, plucking bass lines almost invisibly while picking out melodies.” --TIME OUT