Dan Costa is a London musician with a serious passion for culturally blended music. This reflects his blended cultural heritage of Portuguese and Italian roots. His love for music was largely developed by the awesome educational opportunities he received, earning him several outstanding awards. He started off by exploring classical piano through more than five years of training at the Académie de Musique Rainier III in Monaco.

His classical training continued at the Académie Internationale d'Été de Nice in France as well as at the Aurora Music Star Festival in Sweden. A big highlight of his educational adventure was earning a diploma with merit in modern music performance at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the UK.

How Dan Unified His Musical Passion and Cultural Heritage

Dan decided to make his learning experiences more personal by tapping into his Latin roots. He made his way to Portugal to study at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo. While there, he graduated with an award for outstanding achievement, which was given to him by Rotary Club Porto-Foz in 2015. He was awarded a merit grant to study Brazilian music at UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil) during his course.

As for his actual music career, Dan has co-directed musicals, played with big bands and orchestras, and contributed his artistic abilities to other projects. His creative impact has touched several countries beyond what I previously mentioned, including Finland, Spain, and the USA.

The musical momentum he's built up has prepared him for releasing his latest album titled Suite Três Rios. It was made available on July 17th. Sounds of jazz and world music permeate this record with intensity.

The Melodies of Suite Três Rios

Dan certainly put his training in classical piano to good use with this album.

Piano dominates most of his songs. In certain songs, its presence is charmingly slow and mellow, evoking tender feelings within as I listen. You can hear this in the song “Alba (ft. Jaques Morelenbaum).” In other songs, its flamboyant output and fast-paced movement are attention-grabbing; it amplifies the vivacious Latin energy that radiates from the music.

The song “Chorinho” perfectly captures this.

The riveting story he tells with his hands sounds even better with the input of additional instruments, such as guitar, saxophone, drums, and cello, just to name a few. It seems to describe his desire to create a deep connection with Latin culture, to enrich his life. This journey shapes his identity in and out of the music industry.

The vocal contribution of Leila Pinheiro was warm, rhythmic, and smooth. Her soulful singing definitely complements the instrumental sounds of jazz in the song. I'm not exactly sure what language she is singing in, though.

Final Thoughts

I give Dan's new release a 9 out of 10 rating. Overall, the classic touch of piano pairs well with the traditional sounds and jazzy composition.

On the other hand, I wish more traditional instruments were added to the songs to give them a greater worldly appeal. Listen to the first track of the album for yourself, and let me know what you think about it!

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