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".
As a side man, Dario has played and/or recorded with guitarrist Ronny Jordan, Mark Whitfield, Grammy winning Louie Vega’s “Elements of Life” band, Grammy Nominee master percussionist Luisito Quintero , multi platinum selling Italian singer "Jovanotti", trombonist William Cepeda, Latin Grammy 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 dj's Louie Vega and producer Kerri Chandler. He performed piano duets with Dave Kikoski and Richie Beirach.
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", released on July 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 2015.