A new, vibrant sound can be expected when Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda takes to the Brubeck Room stage with his trio for Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. With his Latin-infused jazz, Castaneda’s music will come alive for the Wilton audience in an unexpected way. According to the legendary Paquito D’Rivera, Edmar’s frequent collaborator, “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.”
Castaneda was born in 1978 in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has 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.” He is a master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit. In addition to his acclaimed performing career as an instrumentalist, which has included features at D’Rivera’s Carnegie Hall tribute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the 10th annual World Harp Congress, he also has played with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Scofield, Marcos Miller, John Patitucci, and Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band.
Edmar’s latest recording “Double Portion,” has caught the attention of reviewers and his legion of fans. Rob Young of Urban Flux Magazine says of the recording, “Edmar Castaneda’s caliber redefines depth, skill and emotion.”
Hot & Cool concerts are made possible by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. An informal reception follows the concert with CDs available for purchase and signing. Suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person. Advance registration is strongly recommended for this popular series. Pre-registered guests should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; waitlisted and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. For information, directions and to register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.