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Dario Acosta Teich’s masterful guitar technique serves an endlessly imaginative musical mind. He has spearheaded jazz ensembles, composed for orchestras, and improvised with jazz icons such as William Parker and Mike Stern, all while cultivating his deep Latin American roots. He has collaborated and performed with Argentine greats, including Pipi Piazzolla, Franco Luciani, Quique Sinesi, Nahuel Pennisi, Juan Falu, and Ernesto Snajer. He has also explored a world of other sounds, playing with everyone from Garifuna icon Aurelio Martinez to Tim Ries, long-time brass player with The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Donald Fagen, and more. 

Dario, as a solo performer and as part of groups and ensembles, has appeared at major festivals and key venues in 14 countries around South America, North America, the Middle East, and Europe. He has released five albums and contributed to countless others as an engineer, producer, and musician. In 2022, he was awarded the Mercedes Sosa Award for Best Jazz Album. 

Currently based in New York City, his latest release is FOLKLORE, an experimental jazz tour of Argentina’s varied sonic regions. On FOLKLORE, Dario presents his homeland in new sounds based on age-old rhythms and contexts, some pensive, some festive, but all fresh. For this exploration, Dario gathered a group of trusted players, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winners including Leo Genovese, Julio Botti, Franco Pinna, Pablo Aslan, Moto Fukushima and Fernando Huergo, and invited several special guests such as world renowned artists Jaques Morelenbaum, Mike Stern, and Zach Brock. 

“A remarkable representative of Argentine music”—Página12 (Argentina) 

Dario hails from northern Argentina, a region with a wealth of long-lived musical traditions. From birth, he became part of those lineages thanks to his highly musical family. Dario’s father Kato, a luthier and musician, brought him to local folk music gatherings (peñas) and taught him his first guitar chords. Dario was hooked on the instrument, still his main musical companion. 

Even from a young age, Dario yearned to expand these roots, embracing classical music and jazz to find his own distinctive voice. He graduated from the conservatory in his hometown of Tucumán and entered the University of La Plata near Buenos Aires, Argentina’s leading university and a hub of musical creativity. He studied composition and, a year later, he became an Associate Professor of Folk Music there at age 20. 

Musicians face uphill battles in Argentina. Therefore, when Dario, drawing on his Jewish heritage, discovered he could deepen his training in jazz performance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, he left his homeland for Israel. Based in Tel Aviv for five years, Dario became a mainstay of the jazz scene, winning kudos from prominent musical voices such as Albert Beger, Daviv Broza, Achinoam Nini, and Idan Rachel. 

His boundary-erasing work led him to tour extensively as a solo performer, as part of Guitarras del Mundo and as part of the music and dance performance “Argentina: Bombo y Milonga”, which was sponsored by the government of Jalisco, Mexico to celebrate the 2011 Pan-American

Games. In 2021 Dario’s recording of the iconic “Libertango” was picked up by the Argentine foreign service and played at embassies around the globe, a symbol of the country’s artistic vitality and distinct culture. 

For Dario, the greatest musical moments have come from heartfelt experimentation, at the peak synthesis of technique, freewheeling imagination, and his deeply felt folk roots. This approach emerged in some of his earlier compositions for orchestra, such as “Que no escuche la montaña” performed by the Tucuman National University Orchestra in 2012. His latest works increasingly channel adventurousness. On To Fly (2017), for example, Dario set daring ground rules: Each track would be recorded in a single take, forcing Dario to take risks in the moment. 

In addition to live and static recorded music, Dario has begun to explore collaborative livestreams/videos that reimagine jazz standards and international hits in distinctly Latin ways. His series Latin American Versions has featured stirring duets with Tim Ries, Quique Sinesi, Franco Luciani, Lilian Saba, Cecilia Zabala, Nestor and Omar Gomez, Marcelo Nami, Joca Perpignan, Ricardo Moyano, and Pipi Piazzolla. With his frequent collaborator, vocalist and songwriter Eleanor Dubinsky, Dario has launched Jazz and More Concerts (https://www.jazzandmoreconcerts.com/), a platform for in-person and virtual performances. 

“For my whole career, I’ve dreamed of creating something technically complex and well executed but also super connected with my roots, that achieves a high level of improvisation,” reflects Dario. “With my most recent projects, I am finally getting there.”

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree with honors in Jazz Performance. Grounded in his love for hometown traditions, fed by his deep curiosity for diverse musical genres and an ongoing study of music theory, Dario seeks self liberation via the development of an ever-evolving musical language.  Dario has offered numerous solo and ensemble concerts both in Argentina and around the world. Notable festivals include the Young Chamber Music International Festival (Chile), six years in the world-renowned Guitarras Del Mundo (Guitars of the World International Festival), the Cosquín Folklore Festival (Argentina), and the Jerusalem International Jazz Festival. Dario has collaborated with many recognized musicians in South America: Jaques Morelembaum, Juan Falu, Nahuel Pennisi, Ernesto Snajer, Franco Luciani, Lilian Saba, Pipi Piazzolla, Cecilia Zabala, Quique Sinesi and Ricardo Moyano. His music has been highly acclaimed by Israeli musical icons including Idan Raichel, Albert Beger, Achinoam Nini and Daviv Broza. In 2017 Dario was invited to record with William Parker (one of the greatest exponents of free jazz in the world) in New York for his album Voices Fall From The Sky. As a composer, Dario has written numerous pieces for solo instruments, ensembles and orchestras, including several performed by the National University of Tucuman Symphonic Orchestra. He has composed soundtracks for several independent films and was the musical director and lead performer for the touring spectacle Argentina: Bombo y Milonga, a music and dance performance presented throughout Argentina and Mexico, sponsored by the municipal government of the state of Jalisco, MX as part of the 2011 Pan-American Games.  Dario has performed in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Israel, Palestine, Spain, Belgium, France, Netherlands, England, Czech Republic, Austria, the United States and Canada. In 2018, Dario released his second solo album To Fly. Recorded in Tel-Aviv, Israel and released by the New York City based label Mulatta Records, the seven-track album is a significant development in his relationship with improvisation, embodying his elemental dream from childhood – to be able to fly. Each song is recorded in one take with the intention of transcending the limits of the guitar, to the point of lift-off. To Fly was nominated for Best Instrumental Album for the Mercedes Sosa Awards in Argentina. In 2019 Dario moved to New York City, relocating from Tel-Aviv to become head music producer and sound engineer at the non-profit organization El Taller Latinoamericano. He quickly formed the Dario Acosta Quintet, a Latin and free jazz ensemble including award winning collaborators Leo Genovese (keys), Pablo Aslan (bass), Julio Botti (saxophone) and Tucuman native Franco Pinna (drums). The quintet just recorded their first album. In 2020 Dario initiated his video series Latin American Versions (LAV), an ongoing series of virtual collaborations with noted musicians from Latin America, Europe and the USA. LAV re-imagines jazz standards and international classics in Latin American genres with the mission of  shining a light on the wealth of traditional rhythms from Latin America and bringing them to a broader audience. In March 2020, Dario and singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Dubinsky co-founded Jazz And More Concerts, a duo initiative that includes in-person and virtual musical performances, recordings and productions (www.jazzandmoreconcerts.com). In 2021, Dario’s recording of the iconic Libertango was selected by The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Argentina worldwide, celebrating the 100th birthday of Tango legend Astor Piazzolla. In the same year, Dario released his third solo album Alien.



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