The Colombian band leader Edmar Castaneda has been playing the harpsince he was thirteen. His style is unique because theLatin-American combines Latin jazz and traditional music from hiscountry. The harp is used a lot in Colombian music, and Castanedahas succeeded in translating his harp playing into a jazzyenvironment. The style of his percussion is unique; sometimes youcan even get the impression you are listening to a flamencoguitarist.
Since his move to the United States in 1994, Castaneda has become agreat name in the world of jazz. He has already played with artistslike, among others, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist JohnScofield and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera. This spring, Castaneda'ssecond album, Entre Guerdas, was released, presenting, not onlyScofield, but also vibraphonist Joe Locke. Castaneda is a virtuosoharpist using a bop idiom.