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Edmar Castaneda Performance and "Meet the Artist" Event

The 2015 DC Jazz Festival will feature harpist, bandleader and composer Edmar Castaneda in performance and in a free "Meet the Artist"event.

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Watch Edmar Castaneda’s Conversation about His Life as a Musician

Posted on July 22, 2015 by DC Jazz Festival

Edmar’s story about his musical journey and his introduction to jazz:, here on youtube: 


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Review of Castenada Performance on June 11, 2015

Posted on July 22, 2015 by DC Jazz Festival

Check out parargraphs 6 through 11, a review of his performance, part of DC Jazz Festival at the Hamilton Live:


Meet the Artist Promotion

Posted on July 22, 2015 by DC Jazz Festival

DC Jazz Festival promoted the evening using facebook and twitter.  See attached flyer.

Meet the Aritist on June 12 2015

Posted on July 22, 2015 by DC Jazz Festival

Edmar spoke wiht WPFW radio personality, MIyuki Williams, about his life in Colombia, his journey here in the US and how hi music in weaved throughout.  Check it out: 



The DC Jazz Festival will present the extraordinary harpist and composer Edmar Castaneda as part of its 2015 DC Jazz Festival taking place in Washington, DC this June. Castaneda will perform with his trio – trombonist Marshall Gilkes and drummer/percussionist Dave Silliman – at a ticketed concert at the 500-seat, state-of-the-art Hamilton Live music venue in downtown Washington, D.C. and participate with his trio in a “Meet the Artist” event offered free to the public at Washington’s Sidwell Friends School.

A native of Colombia, Castaneda moved to the U.S. in 1994 and was quickly recognized for his unique style, which combines Latin jazz with traditional Colombian music. Castaneda’s style is fascinatingly percussive. He plucks dynamic bass lines almost invisibly with his left hand while playing melodies with his right hand. Castaneda has carved out a niche for himself on the international jazz scene, and has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Giovanni Hidalgo, Marcus Miller, Janis Siegel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, and the United Nation Orchestra, among many others. An accomplished composer, Castaneda was recently commissioned by France’s Camac Harps to co-write a new work with award-winning Argentine composer and arranger Carlos Franzetti. Their “Memorias del Sur” had its world premiere with the Israel Camerata Orchestra, featuring Castaneda as soloist.

At the concert and “Meet the Artist” event, Castaneda will perform compositions from his 2012 release, Double Portion, and from his earlier albums. As part of the 90-minute “Meet the Artist” program, Castaneda will perform, demonstrate his innovative harp techniques, and talk with the audience about his career and influences. A moderator will pose questions to Castaneda and invite questions from the audience. This intimate musical conversation will enhance the attendees’ quality of life, foster intellectual inquiry about music performance and composition, and promote an appreciation for jazz and its key element of improvisation. The program is planned to be available via podcast.

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Edmar Castaneda plays “Entre Cuerdas” at NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
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Edmar Castaneda showcases his mastery of the Colombian harp. NPR Music noted: “He’s adapted intricate traditional fingerpicking techniques to play jazz melodies along with the Afro-Cuban tumbao (bass line). He can switch between rural Colombian dance music and jazz with a twist of his wrist. Literally.” An interview begins at 7:10. At 7:28, he demonstrates the traditional way of playing Colombian harp and compares it to the style he has developed, in which he uses his left hand to play a bass line and right hand to play the melody like a piano.

Edmar Castaneda performs “Cuarto de Colores” with his trio at the Jazz Standard in New York City
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Edmar Castaneda demonstrates his unique jazz style on the traditional Colombian harp.

Edmar Castaneda performs solo
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Colombian harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda performs solo, demonstrating his mastery of the harp and his use of improvisation.

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About the DC Jazz Festival® Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. DCJF presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists,…


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