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Live Review

AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia

Read "AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia" reviewed by Mark Holston


AJAZZGO Festival Cali, Colombia September 12-17, 2017 September is jazz festival month in the South American nation of Colombia. Four major cities--Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla--and Pasto, a smaller provincial municipality--stage well-oiled multi-day events stocked with international and regional jazz talent. The five festivals work collaboratively to bring major artists to the country, allowing them to perform in more than one locale on the same tour. Yet each festival is known for its own stylistic orientation. ...

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Profile

Edmar Castaneda: A World Of Music

Read "Edmar Castaneda: A World Of Music" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The harp may be the least common instrument in jazz/improvised music--even the humble kazoo gets more of a run out. Dating back over 5,000 years to ancient Mesopotamia, the harp in its various guises is common to nearly all cultures across the continents. Throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America the harp is an important element of folk music. The harp is common in Celtic music too, though in Europe it's perhaps more usually associated with the sedate airs of mediaeval ...

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Album Review

Edmar Castaneda: Double Portion

Read "Double Portion" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There is probably a greater chance of winning the lottery and being struck by lightning than building a career as a successful, world-renowned jazz Colombian harpist. Fortunately, Edmar Castaneda was more interested in pursuing his vision than studying statistics and probability. The Colombian-born harp phenom, who arrived in the United States in 1994, didn't have the benefit of following in the footsteps of others when it came to finding his way through jazz on his instrument of choice. He, however, ...

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Album Review

Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas

Read "Entre Cuerdas" reviewed by Russ Musto


Although jazz aficionados have become accustomed to the regular expansion of the music's vocabulary coming from the Caribbean and South America, virtually nothing in the history of the increasingly diverse genre known as “Latin jazz" has prepared audiences for the uniquely innovative sound of Edmar Castaneda. A native of Colombia, Castaneda plays “el arpa llanera," the folk harp commonly heard in his country's indigenous music, but there is nothing common about his virtuosic command or the music he performs. Possessing ...

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Live Review

Edmar Castañeda Trio at the Jazz Standard

Read "Edmar Castañeda Trio at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


Edmar Castañeda Trio with Joe Locke, Samuel Torres and Andrea Tierra Jazz Standard New York, New York December 22, 2009

A sold-out room warmly greeted harpist Edmar Castañeda's trio as they took the stage opening their set with the up-tempo “Entre Cuerdas," the title track off the leader's new album. The tune began with a Middle Eastern feel, then quickly took on a Latin American character. Castañeda exhibited impressive mastery (there is ...

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Album Review

Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas

Read "Entre Cuerdas" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The harp seems such a cerebral instrument, the sound a mix of, light, lush delicacy, refinement and finesse. It is not often heard in jazz outside of large ensemble settings. Columbian harpist/bandleader/composer Edmar Castaneda seems intent on changing that dynamic. On Entre Cuerdas, Castaneda employs a trio of unlikely parts: harp, trombone and percussion, and approaches his art with the heart and raw energy of a delta blues player combined with the unfettered passion and instrumental acumen of ...


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