The Piazzolla Legacy: Pablo Ziegler Quartet + Edmar Castaneda at the Blue Note

Pablo Ziegler Quartet plays “The Astor Piazzolla Legacy: Tango & Beyond” with the swinging jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda at the famous club Blue Note.

An integral part of the international revival of tango music, Pablo Ziegler was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started taking piano lessons when he was four; and by the time he was 15, he was already a jazz virtuoso. His first pro tango gig was with the renowned composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla, who almost single-handedly re-invented the tango. He held the piano chair in Piazzolla’s famous quintet until the maestro disbanded the group due to illness. But, the tango was in Ziegler's blood, so he picked up the banner and serenaded the world with his New Tango Quartet, later changing it to a quintet.

With non-stop demand for his tango music, Ziegler tours the world over, including a celebrated guest appearance at Carnegie Hall at a tribute to saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. In March, his CD “Bajo Cero” (Zoho Music) was nominated for the 2005 Gardel Awards for Argentinian music for Best Album-Group-Orchestra.

Now in his mid-20s, Edmar Castaneda began playing the harp at 13 in Colombia. He came to the United States in 1994 and quickly drew applause for his incomparable sound. Combining traditional Colombian music with Latin jazz, Edmar has carved himself a place in the jazz world using the harp as a lead instrument. If you don’t believe a musician can swing on a harp, then catch Castaneda as he leans into his instrument and shows you what it’s all about. He has worked with Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Trio Da Paz, Yerba Buena and Dave Valentin and fronts his own groups around the world.

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