Daniel Tinte

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Daniel Tinte
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Background information
Birth name Daniel Fernando Tinte
Born (1969-12-06) 6 December 1969 (age 45)
Origin Salta, Argentina
Genres Jazz Calchaquí, Argentinean folk jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist, composer, music teacher
Instruments Piano, Keyboards
Years active 1995 - present
Labels PAI Records
Website http://www.danieltinte.com

Daniel Tinte (born 1969, in Salta) is a musician, pianist, and composer from Argentina.[1]

Tinte is part of the musical movement known as The Calchaquismo, characterized by the fusion of Argentine folk dance with the improvisation of contemporary jazz and rock music, which was founded in 1998. Andean rhythms and dances such as the comparsa salteña, the carnavalito, the pim pin, the bailecito, the zamba salteña, the kaluyo, the Vidala and huayno, among others, are drawn upon with new compositions, arrangements and instrumentation.

The name "calchaquismo" was inspired by the airs and melodies from the Calchaqui Valley, Lerma Valley and Quebrada de Humahuaca in the Argentine provinces of Salta and Jujuy.


Tinte's love of music was inherited from his grandfather, Jose María Tinte, a native of Fuerte Quemado, (Catamarca). Tinte studied piano for eight years and began to play popular music in his first rock band at age 13. Living in the south of the city of Salta, he belonged to "Inter Consummation" (1986–1987) and "The Time Machine" (1988–1991).

He studied at the School of Music of the Province of Salta, where he has taught keyboard since 1994. In that year, he met guitarist Oscar Echazú, who invited him to join a jazz quartet. In 1995 the group "The Tune" began to fuse northern Argentine folklore with contemporary jazz improvisation. He met bassist Oscar Salinas and formed the jazz fusion group "The Region" (1995–2000).

In 2000 he formed the group "The Street", playing modern jazz composed by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Bill Evans, among others. He was a pianist in solo projects, as were those recognized Argentine Folklorists Patricio Jimenez of Duo Salteño, Enrique "Chichi" Ibarra, and Zamba Quipildor. The following year, he joined friends from the School of Music in creating "Ensemble Calchaqui." His compositions began to show the influence of Andean folk music, jazz, and rock. He finally recorded his first CD, Northwest Piano, with twenty musicians from Salta, Jujuy, and Tucumán in January 2003. Later discs included Dance of the Valleys (2004), with the participation of "Teuco New Generation", "The Tonkas" and "Civilization Huayra Callpa".

Saltalogia (2005) celebrated in music nine major areas of Salta, giving each its rhythmic imprint. Variations of the Puna was recorded in Buenos Aires in 2006 with the participation of musicians from the Symphony Orchestra of Salta. The discs Jazz Calchaqui (2007), Incafonismo (2008), Live in Salta (2009), and Vinilograma (2010) involved first-class Argentine jazz musicians. All of these discs were released by a major Argentine music label and met with good critical reception.

Currently Tinte heads the Incayavi Aymara Rock Band.


  • 2003 – Daniel Tinte: Northwest Piano
  • 2004 – Daniel Tinte Ensemble: Dance Of The Valleys
  • 2005 – Daniel Tinte: Saltalogía
  • 2006 – Daniel Tinte Quintet: Variations Of The Puna
  • 2007 – Daniel Tinte: Jazz Calchaqui
  • 2008 – Daniel Tinte: Incafonismo
  • 2009 – Daniel Tinte Quintet:Live in Salta
  • 2010 – Daniel Tinte: Vinilograma
  • 2010 – Incayavi Aymara Rock Band: Comparsero
  • 2011 – Daniel Tinte: El Gran Tucma
  • 2011 – Daniel Tinte: El Gran Tucma Vol 2
  • 2011 – Daniel Tinte: El soléo
  • 2011 – Daniel Tinte: El Gran Tucma Vol 3
  • 2012 – Daniel Tinte: Doce teclas originarias
  • 2012 – Daniel Tinte: Doce teclas originarias Vol 2
  • 2012 – Daniel Tinte: Invenciones populares
  • 2012 – Daniel Tinte: Purmamarca Jazz


  1. ^ Pradines, César (24 May 2008). "Planeta jazz". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 August 2011. 

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