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Gig Alert: Edmar Castañeda

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Edmar Castañeda (Courtesy of the artist.)

Edmar Castañeda
"Double Portion"
Playing On Wednesday at Blue Note
(131 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets ($15-25 at the door) | Directions

Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda fuses elements of the harp-led traditional music of the Colombian plains with jazz. The New York-based musician’s latest album, Double Portion, delves into the duality surrounding his music.

Performed on both the classical and Colombian harps, the third album explores Colombian and Latin American culture within the context of cosmopolitan New York City. Castañeda enlists fellow Latin American talent for Double Portion — Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda, Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenón and Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba perform duets with the Bogotá native on the effort.

Edmar Castañeda continues celebrating the album release with guest musicians Zenón and Rubalcaba at Blue Note on Wednesday night. Download the record's title track “Double Portion,” featuring Rubalcaba, above.

In the video below, watch Castañeda and de Holanda perform “Colibrí.” 

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