Edmar Castaneda Clinic

Friday / March 16, 2012 / 10:30 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Edmar Castenada will discuss rhythms he plays and his approach to using the harp in new and exciting ways in a jazz ensemble.

Castenada was born in 1978, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, he 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, Castenada has been characterized as "almost a world unto himself" (New York Times). The legendary Paquito D'Rivera, Castenada's frequent collaborator, has remarked, "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."