Guitarist and composer Dario Acosta Teich brings masterful guitar technique to performances of innovative, dynamic arrangements drawing from jazz, avante-garde, and Latin American roots.
This “running away from his comfort zone” artist combines his deep knowledge of classical and South American vocabularies with his passion for jazz harmony and free improvisation, inviting his audiences on an exhilarating musical journey.
Born in Tucuman, Argentina in 1986, Dario was raised in a traditional home filled with folk music. His father Kato Acosta, a professional guitarist, vocalist and luthier, brought his young son along to peñas (informal gatherings of folk musicians who share traditional songs). This early musical immersion ignited Dario’s passion for the guitar and motivated him to enter the University of Tucuman Conservatory training program at the age of eleven.
After graduating at 19 from the conservatory with a degree in guitar performance, Dario moved to Buenos Aires to study composition at the University of La Plata. One year later, while still a student, he became an associate professor of Argentinian folk music at the same university. In 2015 he relocated to Israel with a full scholarship to the 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 Argentina: 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 the 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 Quartet, a Latin and free jazz ensemble including award winning collaborators Pablo Aslan (bass), Julio Botti (saxophone) and Tucuman native Franco Pinna (drums). The quartet is currently recording their first LP.
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.