Born: December 21, 1973 Primary Instrument: Piano
The term crossover artist can mean many things. In the case of argentine pianist and composer Dario Boente, it means a musician who is equally at home performing romantic tango and jazz compositions on a grand piano, as he is programming world-beat electronica.
Dario's musical personality energetically bridges the Jazz- club and the Dance-club, and is a direct outgrowth of his own life. Having been brought up in Argentina and Spain, immersed in the culture of tango and Brazilian music, he pursued his formal studies at the Guildhall School of Music (London), Berklee School of Music (Boston) , the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program (New York) and his social life in the dance/electronica scene of New York, Madrid, London and Ibiza .
In the early 90’s, Boente toured the Euro circuit playing “Big Joe Turner” as his keyboard player and musical director, with pop band Imagination, with spanish flamenco singer Jose el Frances, making dance tracks, and performing in the major Jazz festivals.
In 1999, Dario moved to New York City. Since then, he has released three Cd’s as a leader, featuring well know Jazz musicians as drummer Antonio Sanchez (from Pat Metheny Group), drummer Victor Jones (Stan Getz, Chaka Khan), guitarist Ronny Jordan, Saxophonist Miguel Zenon, flutist Jorge Pardo (Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea), among others.
Currently, Dario leads his own bands huge in Japan and Projecto Sur plays with percussionist Luis Quintero and works in the studio with R&B multi grammy award winner Joshua Thompson (George Benson. Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys).
As a side man, Dario has played and/or recorded with guitarrist Ronny Jordan, Grammy winning Louie Vega’s “Elements of Life”, Ximo Tebar,Pablo Aslan, Mino Cinelu, Abdou Mboup, Craig Handy, Frank Lacy’s “13 Piece Band”, Victor Jones’s “Culturversy.” and with Djs Little Louie Vega, Ananda Project and MR. V, to name a few. He performed piano duets with Dave Kikoski and Richie Beirach, and played keyboards on Big Joe Turner’s European tour.
Dario has performed in more than 19 countries worldwide and his compositions have been included in several albums and compilations. Dario resides in New York City.
The international musical appeal of the Dario Boente Group is well documented by the six songs on this CD and it serves as a respectable introduction to audiences seeking to broaden their sensitivity of Latin jazz. ~ Paula Edelstein, All Music Guide
This tastefully crafted Solo Piano Volume of intimate piano music, is a singular blend of authority and memorably poetic license.Dario's performance are full of lyricism, rich harmonies, impeccable technique, rhythm and Jazz vocabulary, all wrap up with exquisite romanticism. This album is a must for all music lovers.
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.