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 Argentine 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 Jazz, he pursued his formal studies at Berklee School of Music (Boston) , the Guildhall School of Music (London) and the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program (New York) and his social life in the music scene of New York, Madrid and London.
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 music festivals.
In 1999, Dario moved to New York City. Since then, he has released ten albums and compilations as a leader, featuring well know Jazz musicians as five time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez on drums, guitarist Ronny Jordan, Latin Grammy winner composer and pianist Fernando Otero , harmonica player Gregoire Maret , flutist Jorge Pardo and Saxophonist Miguel Zenon, among others.
Currently, Dario leads his own music projects, works in the studio as a pianist/keyboardist with R&B multi Grammy Award winner Joshua Thompson, with five time Grammy winner drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez (Birdman) , and he has publishing deals as a composer with “Afire Music” and “Popular Combo beat”.
Recently, Mr Boente has composed along with Composer/drummer Antonio Sanchez (Birdman) the soundtrack for the upcoming British film (directed by John Jencks ) “The Hippopotamus”, to be released in 2017. Dario has performed in more than 20 countries worldwide and his compositions have been included in over two dozens of albums and compilations. Dario’s latest album “Limelight” (Circular Moves / Sunnyside Records ) was released on December 2014.
Ximo Tebar, recognized by the international trade press as an experimental, progressive and revolutionary musician who has allowed it to be distinguished as the creator of Son Mediterranean (fusion of jazz and flamenco-flavored Mediterranean).
Ximo is a connoisseur of jazz tradition and way of playing the guitar and has been endorsed publicly by prominent jazz masters as Benny Golson and George Benson.
Its international led him to take up residence in New York where he has performed at venues such like the Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, etc., Collaborating and recording with musicians like Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Dave Samuels, Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Louie Bellson, Anthony Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Tom Harrell, Idris Muhammad, Arturo O’Farrill or Dave Schnitter, etc.
He is currently professor of jazz specialist at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Valencia “Joaquin Rodrigo” where he teaches jazz guitar, improvisation, analysis, business music and musical production. Also shares his tours, recordings, musical productions and Master Classes Seminars, with the direction of his label Omix Records.
His extensive discography (16 albums as a leader), the numerous awards he has received (4 times awarded by Ministry of Culture 1989-90. Two “Dexter Gordon’s Award” by RTVE “Jazz Entre Amigos” 1991. IAJE New York Education Academy JAZZ AWARD 2007, etc. .), the excellent reviews it has received, and especially modern eclecticism and his music has led him to occupy a special place in the world of contemporary jazz.