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) 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 eight albums and compilations as a leader, featuring well know Jazz musicians as four time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez on drums, guitarist Ronny Jordan, Saxophonist Miguel Zenon, harmonica player Gregoire Maret and flutist Jorge Pardo, among others.
Currently, Dario leads his own bands "Concious Collective", "Boente + 1" , and his latest project "Dario Boente & Company" works in the studio as a pianist/keyboardist with R&B multi Grammy Award winner Joshua Thompson, and he has publishing deals as a composer with "Afire Music" and "Popular Combo beat".
As a side man, Dario has played and/or recorded with guitarrist Ronny Jordan, Grammy winning Louie Vega’s “Elements of Life” band, Grammy Nominee master percussionist Luisito Quintero , multiplatinum selling Italian singer "Jovanotti", trombonist William Cepeda, Latin Grammmy Award winner Fernando Otero, Grammy Nominee bassist Pablo Aslan, guitarist Hernan Romero and Ximo Tebar, percussionist Mino Cinelu, trombonist Frank Lacy’s “13 Piece Band” , as well as with DJs Louie Vega and producer Kerri Chandler. He performed piano duets with Dave Kikoski and Richie Beirach.
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 ) includes top notch world class musicians, including four time Grammy winner Antonio Sanchez. Dario resides in New York City.