Born: November 22, 1963 Primary Instrument: Bass
Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar, keyboards). Born in Lanus , Argentina in 1963 , Daniel Diaz began playing bass in 1980. In 1983 he started to study theory, harmony, and bass and a year later he was working as a professional, backing several singers in small clubs around Buenos Aires. During the eighties he kept studying (harmony, counterpoint, ear training, etc.) attended to several courses and clinics such as: orchestration with Carlos Franzetti, Improvisation with Gary Burton, Production and Bass with Pedro Aznar, Tango History and Language with Horacio Salgan, and Argentine folkloric rhythms with Cuchi Leguizamon.
In 1993 he traveled the USA where he studied improvisation (with Bruce Gertz and Oscar Stagnaro at Berklee College of Music In Boston) and bass (with Mark Egan and Percy Jones in New York City and Alexis Skjlarevsky in LA.).
He played professionally in Argentina from 1983 until 1997 (playing other instruments among with bass) and toured and recorded with many local rock, fusion, folklore and tango bands.
He developed a career as session player, composer, arranger and producer both in Buenos Aires and Paris. His solo productions have been released in the USA, Canada and Europe.
From 1992 to 1997, in Buenos Aires, he played live with his electric quintet Maquina Dura (bass, keys, drums, sax, and percussion.) and his acoustic quartet Maquina Blanda (acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, tabla, and flute).
During this period, he produced his first album The Years Alone which is a selection of 11 of his songs composed between 1986 and 1993. In that album Daniel Diaz played most of the parts (bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion, drums, etc.) but included guest appearances of many fine South American players, such as Ricky Olarte, Manuel Miranda, Pato Loza, Beto Satragni, Gustavo Paglia, Rikhi Hambra, and Miguel Angel Amaral.
He signed a contract with North American label Green Linnet/Xenophile, and The Years Alone was released in the USA and Canada in January 1996. The Years Alone's eleven songs combine traditional argentine rhythms like Zamba, Chacarera, Cueca, etc. with non-traditional structures and sounds inspired in rock, jazz, and classical styles. The more traditional/pastoral songs have a particular mood with the use of instruments from north Argentine, Peru and Bolivia, such as the Quena, Pinkullo and the Sikus, as well as Tango's traditional Bandoneon. He continued this recording/composing career with Segundo Ciclo(1997), Maquina Dura (2000) and Lugar Comun (2005)..
Since 1997 he lives in Paris, France, where he's been performing with several argentine-Latin-jazz-tango groups, performing live (concerts in Paris and tours in Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal, Belgium, Portugal, Andorra, Switzerland, Morocco, and all around France), producing and recording. In 2001 his recording/production studio The Pleasure Dome merged with Paris based ANGEL STUDIO.
In July 2001 he signed a contract with Timeless Records for a worldwide release of Segundo Ciclo in April 2002. From January 2003 till February 2005 he's been playing with argentine tango group Che Tango
In march 2004 Daniel Diaz produced Latinos Kretinos with electronic versions of Latin music standards, with singers Ana Guanabara, Paula Estrella, and special guests. Live performances starting 12/MAR/04 (New Morning, Paris) and 19/MAR/04 (Le Temple, Paris) In march 2004 he started live performances with a new trio featuring Javier Estrella (Percussion) and Bobby Rangell (Flute, Sax). This same trio recorded Lugar Comun CD, released in 2005.
Between February and may 2005 he's been part of the musical show « Mambo Mistico ». This play, written and directed by Alfredo Arias with musicians and singers from Argentina, France, Brazil and Cuba performed almost every day in the prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, at the Maison de la Culture in Nantes in the Théâtre du Gymnase in Marseille.
In 2006 he completed a new electronic/experimental album: “Electro World Jam”. This LP features electronic samples, world music beats&instruments, experimental sounds and structures, haunting moods and deep melodic & harmonic content. Performed by multi-cultural musicians around the globe exchanging files and “virtually jamming” against each other’s tracks. Files assembled, mutilated, arranged, metamorphosed and edited by “Dédé” in Paris.
That same year he joined French singer Marie Daguerre’s group playing bass and keyboards. He keeps performing live with his trio all around Europe. Recently he started working for french publisher Cezame/Koka Media for whom he co-produced a double CD (La Otra America CEZ4048/4049) with many of his own composition. In that album he performed piano, keyboards, percussion, guitars and basses. He continues his work for Koka/Cezame (2007 « Drone Music » CEZ4051/4052 and “American Road book” CEZ4053/4054).
In the present he's playing with his trio, with classical baritone Jorge Chaminé and contemporary French chanson singer/composer Elise Caron and with French rock singer Marie Daguerre.
His new CD LOW Vol.1, an audacious project performed using bass instruments exclusively, was released in july 2007.
'The Years Alone' has the self-assured, unassuming character of a natural merging of past and present. The 11 selections are his own compositions, based in spirit and rhythm on the folklore of his land, and feature his expressive and melodic bass playing and abilities as multi instrumentalist. D�-az's studies of jazz and classical idioms and affinity for contemporary harmony and technology are evident throughout, and put an unique stamp on his particular expression of the argentine soul.
A synthesized orchestral section may serve equally well beneath a modern bass and keyboard unison melody, or as an accompaniment to the haunting , melancholic bandoneon. Drum machine co-exists with bombo leguero (the skin-covered drum that is the heart beat of Argentinean traditional music).
Diaz is joined by a variety of South American players contributing their own musical voices on instruments both native and foreign to Argentina, including bandoneon, saxophones, quena and tabla.
The result is a music that is unmistakably infused with the argentine soul, and equally blessed with the spirit of its composer - Dan Greenspan, Boston, 1995
...there seems to be no limits to his talents: composing, arranging, and playing bass, synths, drums, and guitar. There are some sparkling moments on his albums, some new ideas, and some glimmers of real depth. Every song has a moment of brightness... -Cliff Furnald, Roots World, New Heaven, USA.
Sensual, Sweet, Somber, sad, sensational, sexy, night, fog, rain, clouds, clear skies, ....are there any other words to describe this emotive music based on non traditional structures and forms? Let me just feel this music: something different again. -April/May 1996 KVMR Program Guide, USA.
“The Years Alone”
Record Label Green Linnet/Xenophile4031 USA.
Year Released 1996
11 Tracks Total Time: 55:36 1>El Jardin a la Distancia 2>Sur y Norte 3>Moboro 4>Lluvias Costeras 5>Chacabas 6>Astor 7> First Tango 8> La China y el Matador 9> 23 Punks 10>Candombe p'al Beto 11>Mr Davis
Performed by Daniel DIAZ : (Keyboards, Basses, Acoust. and Elect. Guitars, Percuss., Drums, Programming.) with:
Manuel MIRANDA : Flutes, Sopr&Alto Saxes, Quena, Sikus, Chekere. Pato LOZA : Drums. Ricky OLARTE : Congas. Gustavo PAGLIA : Bandoneon. Rikhi HAMBRA : Tabla. Miguel Angel AMARAL : Voices.
Record Label Timeless Records (Netherlands) March 2002 Cat No - SJP 459
Year Released 2002
Track listing: 1. Segundo Ciclo 6:44 2. Calcarea 6:25 3. Final Jersey Side 6:51 4. Trois Vibes No.1(juillet 14) 3:07 5. 22 Orientales 6:30 6. Monterrico’s Blues 8:40 7. Final Troisi 7:01 8. Ometepe’s 7:24 9. Hipertrunca 4:07 10. Lerdo 85 5:36 11. Trois Vibes No.3 4:34 Total Time 67:37 Performed by Daniel DIAZ : (Acoustic Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic and Electric Basses, Upright Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Percussion, Drums, Programming.)
with: Manuel MIRANDA : Flutes, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxes. Daniel MIGUEZ : Drums. Julian HOJMAN : Tenor Sax. Juan Cruz URQUIZA : Trumpet. Gabriel KIRSCHENBAUM : Acoustic Guitar. Horacio LOPEZ : Percussion. Gustavo PAGLIA : Bandoneon. Rikhi HAMBRA : Percussion. Miguel Angel AMARAL : Voices.
Record Label DedeLand Records (France) Cat No - DD 004
Year Released 2000
Jams Covers & Leftovers SONGS: 1>Overain 2>I’m Glad There's You 3>Even Cuervos Get The Blues 4>Blues de las Notas Todas 5>Interlude N°1 6>Calle Londres 7>Amor em Paz 8>Fat's Vidala 9>You Don't Know What Love Is 10>Lerdo 93 11>Trois vIbes #2 (Atolon) Performed by Daniel Diaz: Acoustic and electric basses and guitars, keyboards, melodica, samples, drums programing, and percussion (talking drum, doumbek, djembé, berimbau, cymbals, accessories). Special guests: Julian Hojman:Tenor Sax Claudio Eidler:Drums Edgardo Fernández:Bass&Guit. Daniel Fernández:Drums Virginia Lago: Voice Miguel Yanover: Saxes Rikhi Hambra Percuss. “Fats” Fernández: Flugelhorn Gustavo Bulgach: Tenor Sax
Record Label DedeLand Records (France) Cat No - DD 009
Year Released 2005
Daniel DIAZ TRIO featuring Bobby RANGELL Javier ESTRELLA SONGS: 1) Zamba 4 2) Milonga Donata 3) Lluvias Costeras 4) Chacabas 5) Luiza 6) Rosa...Rosa 7) Candombe P'al Beto 8) Bebê 9) Pop (Lugar Comun) 10) Get Out Of Town 11) Calcarea 12) And I Love Her Performed by Daniel DIAZ : (Acoustic Bass Guitar, Upright Bass,) Bobby RANGELL : (Flutes, Soprano and Alto Saxophones.) Javier ESTRELLA : (Drums, Percussion.) Total Time 70:48
LOW vol 1 I>
Record Label DedeLand Records (France) Cat No - DD 011
Year Released 2007
Release date: July 20th 2007. Music for acoustic & electric basses composed by Daniel Diaz. All noises produced and recorded by D.D. at The Pleasure Dome, Paris, during 2005/2006/2007. No synths used, no drums, no percussion, no guitars, just basses. Tracks: 1> VALS POLACO 2> LA BAJA 3> ZAMBA DESILUCION 4> ABSTRACT #3 5> PASTORAL PALOMA 6> IMPROMPTU N°1 7> SANS APOSTROPHE 8> INTERLUDE #2 (Haden) 9> IMPROMPTU N°2 10>ABSTRACT #2 11>ZAMBA DEL BAJO 12> ABSTRACT #1 13> FAREWELL Total Time: 53:48 As A Side Musician
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