One of the hallmarks of the Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is that in addition to presenting some of the greatest artists in jazz history, it also introduced an entire generation of jazz leaders making their first appearances in the region (The Bad Plus, Cecile McClorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Vijay Iyer, Bill Frisell, Miguel Zenon, Lionel Loueke, Billy Childs, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Bill Charlap, and Maria Schneider among the many). With the final concert of the current season this Saturday, April 27th, music fans will have the opportunity to experience yet another rising star the international jazz world – jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda – in his first Buffalo area appearance.
With the upcoming expansion of the Albright-Knox and the concurrent closing of the facility while the construction takes place, this will be the last Art of Jazz concert for several years. Whether you’ve never experienced an Art of Jazz concert or are a regular patron, this is a “can’t miss” concert.
Colombian native Edmar Castaneda is an unparalleled virtuoso on the harp, recognized around the world for his stunning blend of jazz and the folk music of South America. Since being ushered into the New York jazz scene by noted saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, Castaneda has taken the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp, revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider the instrument.
“Almost a world unto himself” (New York Times), “[Castaneda’s] 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…” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Bassist/producer (Miles Davis) Marcus Miller adds, “What Edmar Castaneda does on the harp is profound, incredible, and inspiring.”
With his longstanding trio featuring Marshall Gilkes – recently voted #1 trombonist in the JazzTimes Critics Poll – and Dave Silliman (drums/percussion), Castaneda “connects with a crowd wherever he goes thanks to his commanding presence and fast fingers” (Wall Street Journal). His first Buffalo concert promises to be a stunning finish to this season’s Art of Jazz series.
Here’s Edmar with his trio live at the Bimhaus in Amsterdam. It’s a great example of how the three musicians can create a rich musical tapestry of sound and rhythm.
Edmar performing the same composition solo for Jazz At Lincoln Center that showcases his astounding technique.
And finally, the trio with special guest Jason Lindner in action at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Series producer Bruce Eaton will host a pre-concert discussion “Hip Harp” exploring the work of pioneer jazz harpists Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane at 7 pm.
Tickets are $29 and $24 for Albright-Knox Members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk or online at https://www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz. Early ticket purchases are highly recommended as Art of Jazz concerts frequently sell out in advance of the concert date.
AK Café will serve dinner before the Edmar Castaneda Trio concert on Saturday, April 27. Reservations are essential; please call 716.270.8223 or reserve online using OpenTable.
The Art of Jazz Series is produced by Bruce Eaton in association with Tony Zambito and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. It is supported by Hunt Real Estate.