Toronto Jazz Festival: Hiromi & Edmar

Yamaha Presents

Hiromi Duet: Featuring Edmar Castaneda

273 Bloor Street West  Toronto , ON M5S 1W2

Date: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:00pm

Ticket Price: $45, $60 + service charge

Buy Tickets: Koerner Hall

Ticket Information: 416-408-0208

 * JFT will have a special film screening on June 26 of “Duet: Chick Corea and Hiromi” that was recorded in 2007 at Tokyo Blue Note. More info here >

Hiromi

“I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.”
– Hiromi

Ever since the 2003 release of her debut CD, Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication.

Edmar Castaneda

Edmar Castaneda Colombia harpist, was born in 1978, in Bogotá, Colombia. Since moving 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. 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.

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.

Seriously? A harp and piano duo?

Yes. For reals. But with Hiromi and Edmar Castaneda, I guarantee you won’t notice it’s just the two of them.

Jazz festival aficionados will be familiar with Hiromi – in the past few years she has appeared as a featured artist with Stanley Clarke’s band (2010 in the tent), and twice with her Trio Project (2012 in the tent on a double-bill with The Bad Plus, and 2014 at Koerner Hall). Her performances are bombastic, but also, at times, wonderfully delicate. The lesser known component of the duo – at least here in Toronto – is Colombian harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda.

Josh Grossman, Artistic Director
Toronto Downtown Jazz