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 the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp--revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the "unusual category". 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.
In addition to his acclaimed performing career as an instrumentalist, which has included features at D'Rivera's Carnegie Hall tribute, The DC Jazz Festival (formerly the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival), Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the 10th annual World Harp Congress and numerous dates with artists such as D'Rivera, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Scofield, Chico O'Farrill 's Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band and John Patitucci.