Like other exceptional musicians who have transformed their lives through art, Castañeda’s journey has humble beginnings. The son of a musician and a mother who nurtured Edmar’s natural talents, he embraced the noble folkloric traditions of his native Colombia by attending joropo dance classes, accompanied by the harp. In the mid-1990s, he moved to New York, and studied jazz trumpet, before returning to the harp.
Grégoire Maret studied jazz at New York’s New School after graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Today he is one of the world’s most sought-after harmonica players. Often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, Maret has played with such notables as Youssou N’Dour, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, and Cassandra Wilson