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Edmar Castaneda Quartet Oct. 14

Harp and jazz? That seems incongruous until you hear the gorgeous sounds that come from Edmar Castaneda’s Blue Harp. It is, indeed, a Columbian harp which is based on the diatonic scale of seven rather than the chromatic twelve notes.

Come to Orange Hall Theatre on Friday, Oct. 14 for the 8 p.m. performance of the "Edmar Castaneda Quartet."

Castaneda draws out lush colors and dynamic spirit, stretching his imagination to find other tones within the whole and half steps while cross-pollinating South American traditional music and its various Latin rhythms with jazz to produce an enchanting, captivating sound. The New York Times describes him as “almost a world unto himself.”

Born in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, Castaneda possesses charisma that adds to his virtuosic playing. He crafts feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances. In addition, his quartet is filled out with wonderful musicians, Henry Cole on drums, Andrea Tierra and her contralto voice and the fabulous trombonist Marshall Gilkes. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Interlochen Arts Academy, Gilkes' instrument adds an enrapturing dimension to the quartet.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff­, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at:  The box office opens at 7 p.m. before the performance.

In addition, Castaneda is offering a master class at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 in Orange Hall Room 23 entitled "Edmar Castaneda: virtuoso harpist." The class is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to and (845)341-4891. You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs