Music Network Presents Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda on Tour 20 – 27 October
19 September 2013
“Producing cross-rhythms like a drummer, smashing chordal flourishes like a flamenco guitarist and collating bebop and Colombian music, he was almost a world unto himself." New York Times
“Simply astonishing.” Bloomberg News
Don’t miss the one-man force of nature that is Edmar Castaneda on a Music Network tour from 20 – 27 October as he catapults the harp into the limelight with his fleet-fingered blend of jazz, Colombian folk tunes and flamenco flair. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 475 0224 or www.musicnetwork.ie.
Here at Music Network we are VERY excited to showcase the inestimable talents of Edmar Castaneda, described by the legendary Paquito D’Rivera as “an enormous talent. With his versatility and enchanting charisma, he has taken his harp out of the shadows, and become one of the most original musicians in the Big Apple.” Technically astounding, dazzling yet lush, muscular yet lyrical, Castaneda has single-handedly transformed the arpa llanera, or Colombian harp, into one serious jazz instrument.
When Castaneda steps onto the stage, it’s time to lock up your preconceptions and throw away the key. As a soloist, whether producing polyrhythms like a drummer, firing off chordal flourishes like a flamenco guitarist or fusing bebop and Colombian folk tunes, Castaneda is “a one-man musical wrecking crew” (Boston Herald). His style is thrillingly percussive and he plucks dynamic bass lines effortlessly with one hand while weaving complex counterpoint melodies with the other.
A powerful and passionate performer and a great communicator to boot, Castaneda has also collaborated with luminaries from multiple genres, including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist John Scofield, celebrated Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the Irish singer Susan McKeown, on her acclaimed Black Thorn album. Unmissable!
TOUR DETAILS HERE