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Edmar Castenada :

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I first met Edmar Castañeda at a musical evening at the renowned sax player, Paquito D'Rivera's house in April on 2001. I was blown away by the incongruity of this very young talent playing an unusual instrument. His instrument is the Colombian harp and he has taken this instrument to new highs. He plays the bass lines with his left hand. You can't believe there isn't a bass player in the band. His power trio has toured extensively from Panama to the Umbria Jazz Festival. They are in constant demand. The group consists of Marshall Gilkes on trombone and David Silliman on percussion. David is not only a drumset player but a percussionist who assembles a broad array of percussion instruments ranging from the LP cajon to the Utters giving the group the colors and dynamics fitting the genius of Edmar.