Angel City Jazz Festival: Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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Edmar Castaneda was born in 1978, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with his virtuosic command of the Colombian harp. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself” (The New York Times).
The legendary Paquito D’Rivera, Edmar’s frequent collaborator, has remarked: "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."
The son of a musician and a mother who nurtured his obvious natural talents, Edmar embraced the noble folkloric traditions of his native land. The “joropo” dance classes which he and his sister regularly attended became for him a master class in movement, accompanied by the harp. Even now, on stages across the globe, one notes how Edmar’s body seemingly engulfs his Colombian harp as he crafts almost unbelievable feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances rivaling the most celebrated flamenco guitarist’s efforts.
Vibes master Nick Mancini finds himself at the helm of a cutting-edge trio that employs standards and original material as launching pads for his unique and incisive arrangements. Deep, deft and always swinging, this trio leaves audiences with a profound sense of jazz in its truest essence; ever-evolving and timeless.
Considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the current scene, Venezuelan Otmaro Ruiz is known for his versatility and virtuosity. After working intensively in Venezuela with artists such as Soledad Bravo and Ilan Chester, Ruiz moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to join the group of great names of the jazz world such as Alex Acuña, Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel, with whom still collaborates in diverse projects.
About the Ticket Supplier: Angel City Arts
The Angel City Jazz Festival - LA's only non-commercial jazz and new music festival - is a celebration of World Jazz at seven exciting venues stretching over a 10 day period. The Angel City Jazz Festival features innovative and original jazz musicians from the west coast and around the world. The festival presents established jazz artists as well as lesser known emerging talent, with a focus on west coast creative jazz, past, present and future.
The festival is produced by Angel City Arts (ACA), a music presenting non-profit organization committed to cultivating and revitalizing jazz culture in Los Angeles. ACA presents regular live concerts by established and emerging music innovators who have achieved exceptionally high levels of musicianship and brought forward a significant contribution to the evolution of jazz and improvised music.
The 2011 festival is made possible through generous contributions by the LA County Arts Commission, The Herb Alpert Foundation, MediaTHe Foundation, LACMA, CalArts, The Colburn School of Music, and Cryptogramophone Records.