Tickets start at $20 at www.Lakewood.org/LCCPresents, 303-987-7845 or the Box Office
Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda brings his trio to Lakewood Cultural Center on Friday, April 20 for a single night of spectacular musicianship. Castaneda is known for crafting stunning feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances rivaling the most celebrated flamenco guitarist’s efforts. He has taken the world's stage by storm with his virtuosic command of the harp, revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider the instrument.
"[Castañeda] plays the harp like hardly anyone else on earth. His hands, seemingly powered by two different people, produce a totally unique, symphonic fullness of sound, a rapid-fire of chords, balance of melodic figures and drive, served with euphoric Latin American rhythms, and the improvisatory freedom of a trained jazz musician...captivating virtuosity, but in no way only virtuosity for its own sake,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote.
Born in 1978 in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, Castañeda took up the harp as a teenager to play the folkloric music of his homeland. He discovered jazz shortly after moving to New York City to join his father in 1994 and was immediately drawn to the freedom and sophistication of the music. With no real precedent for the harp in the jazz world, Castañeda studied trumpet by day while trying out his newfound knowledge on the harp at a restaurant gig by night. He brings not only an unfamiliar instrument but a wholly original voice to jazz, branching out into a world of different styles and genres. His wide-ranging career has been remarkable for discovering a brilliant role for the harp in jazz, then continuing to innovate and spark creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations. His latest release, “Live in Montreal,” features the latest in an ever-growing history of thrilling partnerships: an utterly unique duo with the electrifying Japanese pianist Hiromi.
Tickets start at $20 and are available at 303-987-7845, Lakewood.org/LCCPresents or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue).
This performance is made possible in part through support from Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2017-2018 Lakewood Cultural Center Presents season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the members of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Denver Post Community, which improve and enrich the lives of those in our community.
Posted on: Friday, February 16, 2018