Relax here: Edmar Castaneda at Jazz Standard

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If the harp conjures images of robed angels and Disney characters, then tonight's show at the Jazz Standard (116 E 27th St between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave; 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net) ought to be something of a learning experience. Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda has been tearing it up in New York jazz venues for the past 15 years, and now he returns to the Standard with his trio (David Silliman on drums and percussion, Marshall Gilkes on trombone) to promote their latest CD, Entre Cuerdas, whose Spanish title literally means "between strings." The sound, as wild as it is, also manages to have a distinctly calming effect that is reinforced by the hypnotizing stage presence of Castaneda himself, who hugs the harp so close to his chest, you think he's about to start plucking the strings with his teeth. Tonight he is joined by special guests Joe Locke on vibes and Andrea Tierra on vocals, both of whom feature on the new disc. Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:30pm, and tickets ($20) can be found here.

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