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The son of popular carpero composer and instrumentalist Cayetano Saluzzi, Dino played the bandoneón since his childhood. Other than his father, he was influenced by Salta musicians such as Cuchi Leguizamón, and by the lyrical strain of the tango of Francisco de Caro and Agustin Bardi. Dino described the vividness of his musical sketches as "an imaginary return" to the little towns and villages of his childhood.
For much of his youth, Saluzzi lived in Buenos Aires, playing with the Radio El Mundo orchestra. He would play in orchestras for a living, while touring with smaller, sometimes jazz-oriented ensambles, developing a personal style that made him a leading bandoneonist in Argentine folklore and avant-garde music (especially since Ástor Piazzolla did not participate in projects other than his own). His record career doesn't start until the 70s, along with Gato Barbieri, when he signed a couple of crazy lyricism albums under the name of Gaucho. Over this decade, he worked on many tours in South America and specially in Japan, but always associated to other names, as Mariano Mores or Enrique Mario Franchini.
Through word-of mouth publicity (mostly from expatriate musicians) he was invited to several European music festivals, and landed a contract with the ECM label. Several records have resulted, including Kultrum, 1982. From the beginning of the 1980s onwards, there were collaborations with European and American jazz musicians including Charlie Haden, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, Palle Danielsson, and Al Di Meola.
ECM brought Saluzzi together with Charlie Haden, Palle Mikkelborg and Pierre Favre for Once Upon A Time ... Far Away In The South, and subsequently with Enrico Rava for Volver. Rava had worked extensively in Argentina, and Haden's sympathy for Latin American music was well-known; furthermore Palle Mikkelborg and Dino Saluzzi had worked together productively in George Gruntz's band: there was a common ground on which an artistic exchange of ideas could take place. Saluzzi later played with 'Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra', and the 'Rava Saluzzi Quintet' also toured.
In 1991, Saluzzi recorded an album with his brothers Felix and Celso and his son José María on guitar, kicking off his "family project", which has since toured many countries. Mojotoro drew upon the full range of South American musics: tango, folk, candina music, candombe, the milonga music of the la Pampa province...
Anja Lechner and Dino have toured widely as a duo, too and US jazz magazine "Down Beat" declares the album that recorded together, Ojos Negros album of the year (best of 2007 list).
Dino Saluzzi symphonic works were presented with Anja Lechner and Metropole Orkest at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam in February, 2009. Soloist: Dino Saluzzi - bandoneon; Guest: Anja Lechner - cello; Conductor: Jules Buckley.
- Bandoneón Tierra Adentro (1970)
- Kultrum (ECM, 1982)
- Once Upon a Time - Far Away in the South (ECM, 1985)
- Volver with Enrico Rava (ECM, 1986)
- Andina (ECM, 1988)
- Mojotoro (ECM, 1991)
- Cité de la Musique (ECM, 1996)
- Kultrum with the Rosamunde Quartett (ECM, 1998)
- Responsorium (ECM, 2001)
- Senderos (ECM, 2002)
- Juan Condori (ECM, 2005)
- Ojos Negros with Anja Lechner (ECM, 2006)
- El Encuentro (ECM, 2009)
- Navidad de Los Andes (ECM, 2011)
With Al Di Meola
- World Sinfonia (1990)
- World Sinfonia II - Heart of The Immigrants (1993)
- Di Meola Plays Piazzolla (Atlantic, 1996)
With George Gruntz
- Theatre (ECM, 1983)
With Maria João
With Rickie Lee Jones
- Pop Pop (Warner Bros., 1991)
With Tomasz Stańko
- From the Green Hill (ECM, 1998)
- Leggett, Steve. "Dino Saluzzi: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- Official site of Dino and José María
- Dino Saluzzi Interview
- Saluzzi Profile at European Jazz Network
- Dino Saluzzi ECM recordings
- Official Myspace