A special musical encounter bringing together two outstanding musicians with unique musical instruments, Edmar Castaneda from Colombia on the harp and Gabriel Mirabassi from Italy on the clarinet. Each leading his own creative path and together they create a burst of creativity and a lively musical dialogue, sophisticated deep, and full of zest.
Castaneda (39) began playing the harp in his youth focusing mainly on Colombian folk music. After moving to New York with his father when he was sixteen years old, he discovered jazz and was charmed by the freedom and ingenuity it offered. Since harp is not actually considered as a jazz instrument, Castaneda studied trumpet by day while implementing his newly acquired knowledge by night playing the harp in a gig at a restaurant. Slowly he paved a unique and distinct way establishing an original voice that smoothly shifts between musical worlds and genres, from Colombian music to Latin jazz and classical music. Paquito D’Rivera, who took the young harp player under his wing introducing him to the NYC jazz scene, said, “an enormous talent… [Edmar] 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”. His virtuosity is captivating and expressive, producing a distinct harp sound characterized by symphonic fullness, chord nuances, technical savvy across-the-board with hints of flamenco, jazz or Latin music added at will. He has released three albums as a bandleader, composed music for symphonic ensembles, and participated in various intriguing global musical collaborations sharing the stage and the international language of music with musicians from different corners of the world among them, John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Marcus Miller, Hiromi, John Patitucci, Sting, Rickie Lee Jones and Paco de Lucia.
Duets are his favorite allowing the harp to engage in a most expressive rhapsodic one-on-one discourse. Such is the link with clarinet player Mirabassi (50), a virtuoso who gallantly moves in both classical and jazz and a truly diverse artist who has twenty recorded albums to his name to date. Mirabassi explores the Brazilian choro and South American music in general, frequently joining in with intriguing musicians and contributing to various artistic projects in theater, dance and poetry. He has collaborated with artists such as Enrico Rava, John Cage, Steve Swallow, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Richard Galliano, Enrico Pieranunzi, Roberto Gatto, and Mario Brunello, to name a few. While attempting to define musical poetics that bring together the classical European repertoire and popular music, this encounter encompasses the vast manifestation of contemporary music.
Mirabassi, praised for his seductive sound and open mind, combines soulfulness with an adventurous and playful vibe. Castaneda, described as the musician that plays the harp like hardly anyone on earth, attests to his divine connection with this particular musical instrument: “I was born to play the harp. It is a gift from God, and like every gift from God, it has a purpose. The purpose of my music is to worship Him and bring his presence and unconditional love to people.” A Colombian with King David’s harp joins an Italian with the Klezmer clarinet, stirring the imagination and spirit by the sublime interaction achieved only through music.
Edmar Castaneda Harp
Gabriel Mirabassi Clarinet
- All festival venues offer seating chart booking by seat and row numbers.
- Wheelchair-accessible seating available for booking at the call center.
- Resident Discount for the Eilat municipality and the Central Arava regional council available only upon presentation of a valid resident ID at the ticket pick-up box-office and at admittance to the venue.
- The festival box-office in Eilat is located at the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel during the festival.
- The 2018 winter RSJF venues are the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel and Canaan Hall at the Queen of Sheba Hotel, located on Antibes Street, Eilat.
- In accordance with hotel security policy, no weapons are allowed in the festival venues.
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- Once the show has started, late arrivals will be required to wait for a suitable time during performance to be admitted into the venue.
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