Dario Acosta Teich
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.
Currently based in New York City, his latest release is FOLKLORE (2022), 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 (keys), Julio Botti (sax), Franco Pinna (drums/percussion), Eleanor Dubinsky (vocals), Moto Fukushima (bass) and invited world renowned special guest artists Jaques Morelenbaum (cello), Mike Stern (guitar) and Zach Brock (violin).
Dario hails from northern Argentina, a region with a wealth of long-lived musical traditions. Born into a 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 with a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from the conservatory in his hometown of Tucumán, entered the University of La Plata in Buenos Aires and became an Associate Professor of Folk Music at age 20. In 2015 Dario moved to Israel where he earned a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. 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, David Broza, Achinoam Nini, and Idan Rachel. Over the past seven years, he has appeared at major festivals and key venues in 16 countries around South America, North America, the Middle East, West Africa and Europe. Dario has released five albums and contributed to countless others as an engineer, producer, and musician. 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. In 2022 his solo album Alien was awarded the Mercedes Sosa Award for Best Jazz Album.
In 2019 Dario relocated to NYC and launched his dream project: Dario Acosta Teich Quintet. The ensemble is steadily building a solid touring history including performing arts centers and reputable jazz venues including Bebop Club (Buenos Aires), Joe’s Pub (NYC), Nuevos Aires Festival at Payomet Performing Arts Center (Massachusetts), Septiembre Musical Festival (Teatro San Martin, Tucuman, Argentina) and Shapeshifter Lab (NYC).In addition to live and static recorded music, Dario advocates for a more expansive presence of Latin music in the global jazz landscape. His pandemic-born video series Latin American Versions reimagines jazz standards and international classics in distinctly Latin ways, featuring 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/songwriter/cellist Eleanor Dubinsky, Dario has become a cultural envoy of the U.S. Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs and African Regional Services, leading virtual and in-person educational programs via U.S. Embassies in Argentina, Mauritania, Guatemala and Honduras.
“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.”