Though he’s known as a Latin jazz harpist, he’s adapted the South American version of the instrument to his own unique playing style. Edmar Castañeda talks about how he was influenced to play harp from South American traditional music.
It turns out harp has played a role in folk music styles throughout South and Central America, with a history going back to the early European colonizers and missionaries. Various designs of harps and takes on folk harp music can be found in Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Argentina.
The harp has a long history in Latin American folk music.
The harp is one of the most beautiful stringed instruments, and one of the most beautiful instruments in classical music. But if you are looking to go out and by a harp and get practicing, please do! It’d be great to see more people getting into this great instrument.