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Dan Costa

Dan Costa is a cosmopolitan jazz/ world music pianist, composer and producer, praised for melodic sensibility (DownBeat), rare and luxurious output (All About Jazz) and profound expression (Jazziz). His music reflects his mixed cultural background as well as his fondness for the natural environment, bringing together philosophical concepts, modern jazz colours and world music rhythms. It has been featured by Rolling Stone Magazine, Sky and the BBC, among others.  


Berklee Celebrity Scholarship - 2020

Rotary Club Award for Outstanding Achievement (Music) - 2016

Ibero-American Grant - 2012


Album Review

Dan Costa: Beams

Read "Beams" reviewed by Craig Arthur

UK-born pianist Dan Costa plays and composes in the impressionistic tradition of Bill Evans, acoustic Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea or Marcin Wasilewski. It is a style that lends itself well to the alchemy of turning light into music, music into light. And his subject matter of choice on Beams, like that of an impressionist painter, is indeed light. He describes the album as “a celebration of light in some key physical and metaphysical forms." Light is like water, ...

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Dan Costa: Live in California

Read "Live in California" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Born in London into an Italian-Portuguese family, Dan Costa studied classical piano for six years at the Académie de Musique Rainier III in the south of France, in addition to jazz studies. In 2010, he was awarded a diploma with merit at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the UK. His interest in Latin music next led him to study at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo in Portugal. He graduated in jazz piano with an ...

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Dan Costa: Skyness

Read "Skyness" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The gentle piano “Prologue" instantly telegraphs that something rare and luxurious is on its way. These are the opening chords of Skyness, the gifted pianist/composer Dan Costa's 2018 follow-up to his auspicious 2016 debut, Suite Três Rios (also self-produced), which peaked at number one on the iTunes jazz chart and was named one of the year's best albums by Downbeat. Born in London to Portuguese and Italian parents, Costa has studied and lived in Brazil, France, Portugal, and Sweden, and ...

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Dan Costa: Suite Três Rios

Read "Suite Três Rios" reviewed by Paul Naser

The rich musical history of Brazilian music parallels the development of jazz in the United States' in many ways. At the same time, the two informed and influenced each other as they matured. Brazilian legends like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Dori Caymmi are remembered for their influence on the development of Bossa Nova, and Jobim, like few composers of popular music in the 20th century, continues to be revered for his many contributions and innovations. All this history ...

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- "Profound expression" - Jazziz Magazine 2020 - “Rare and luxurious” – All About Jazz ★★★★½ 2018 - “Composer-pianist Dan Costa fuses classical structure, American jazz and Brazilian melody in this entrancing homage to Brazil” – Downbeat ★★★★ 2016


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