Edmar Castaneda live at the Bimhuis
by Sabine Meijers / iJHF
March 20, 2009
For the 2nd time this season, Edmar calls in at the Bimhuis, the place to be for jazz and improvisation in Amsterdam. This time he brings his full quartet with Marshall Gilkes (trombone), Dave Silliman (percussion) and Andrea Tierra (vocals). Edmar starts the concert by playing the title song of his cd Cuarto de Colores, making sure that the audience captures his famous energetic vibe. Throughout the evening we hear elements of jazz, latin, fado, and joropo mixed with jazz. Edmar interweaves moving melody lines from traditional songs he learned as a littly boy with virtuoso improvisations and lots of passion.
Trombone and harp take turns in soloing or even blend together, followed closely by Dave Silliman on percussion. The beautiful ballad ‘Jesus de Nazareth’ exploits all sounds possible on a harp, one being the rhythmical effect by vertically rubbing the strings. After intermission Andrea Tierra, vocalist from Colombia, joins in. With her mellow contralto voice she brings repertoire with strong emotions and reaches out to your heart with preservation of a beautiful refinement.