Like other exceptional musicians who have transformed their lives through art, Castañeda’s journey has humble beginnings. The son of a musician and a mother who nurtured Edmar’s natural talents, he embraced the noble folkloric traditions of his native Colombia by attending joropo dance classes, accompanied by the harp. In the mid-1990s, he moved to New York, and studied jazz trumpet, before returning to the harp.
“Today, on stages all over the world, Edmar’s body engulfs his Colombian harp as he crafts almost unbelievable feats of cross- rhythms, layered with chordal nuances to rival even the most celebrated flamenco guitarists, and an incredible blend of musical influences.” —Boston Jazz Week
“His music draws on the traditional joropo music of the grasslands he absorbed early, as well as tango, Brazilian and flamenco guitar, West African kora and virtuoso jazz pianists like Art Tatum. That’s a fascinating mix, but his technique is the real astonishment. Castañeda juggles lead, rhythm and bass lines, using a variety of hard and soft string attacks to keep those voices distinct — all without giving up the groove.” —NPR Music
Grégoire Maret studied jazz at New York’s New School after graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Today he is one of the world’s most sought-after harmonica players. Often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, Maret has played with such notables as Youssou N’Dour, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, and Cassandra Wilson
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