Daniel Puente Encina, Chilean singer/songwriter, based in Barcelona, was awarded with the "The Lukas 2019", (Latin UK Awards), Runner Up in the category "European Jazz/ Folk Act". His new album, Sangre y Sal (Blood and Salt) has been broadcasted since the album release in mid-June by more than 40 European broadcasters in Spain, France, The Netherlands and Germany.
The musical career of singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniel Puente Encina, born in Santiago de Chile. has always been marked by different genres and styles. From the Clash-like New-Wave-Post-Punk of the late 80s, to his current melodic and danceable Latin Crossover Jazz, his creativity has been constantly evolving and developing, bearing witness to his insatiable curiosity and willingness to experiment, a quality that makes him truly distinctive and stand out from other contemporary Latin artists
Daniel Puente Encina has been producing and performing music under his own name since 2012. His minimal Caribbean-Blues album "Disparo" (Shot) was followed by the cosmopolitan and orchestral "Chocolate Con Ají" (Chocolate with Chili) in 2014. "Sangre y Sal" (Blood and Salt) was published on 14 June 2019.
In 2013, he invited New York soul singer Monica Green to take part in the recording of new versions of the tracks Lío and Mike Tyson to give them a touch of "Motown". In 2015, Daniel Puente Encina played a supporting role as "Sadler" in Maria Schrader's film "Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (Vor der Morgenröte). In 2016 he presents his new animated music video Freire, created by the team of talented Chilean illustrator Cristián Montes Lynch. In 2017 he records a piano version of his smooth-jazz classic Odd Desire with the Majorcan organist and pianist Llorenç Barceló.
Avant-garde and tradition come together in the creations of this artist who has, since the end of the 90s, become a cult icon amongst trendsetters and fans alike. Daniel Puente Encina is best known for creating a wide variety of musical projects with very different styles as anti-fascist Pinochet Boys (Santiago de Chile 1984-1987), Niños Con Bombas (Hamburg 1994-1999) —John Lennon Talent Award 1995— and Polvorosa (Barcelona 2000-2011).
His thought-provoking musical creativity has been used to great effect in the soundtracks for films such as Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos), the road movie In July (Im Juli) and the multi-award-winning drama Head-On (Gegen die Wand), the worldwide hit of Turkish-German director Fatih Akin.
"...instantly seductive rhythms that stand out from anything else currently emanating from our loudspeakers... addictively hypnotic music... a wonderfully deep album that if we were forced to choose just one this year, this would undoubtedly be at the top of the list." JAZZTHETIK 07/08-2019
"...full of sophistication and musical originality….highly elegant, varied, entertaining and beautifully performed and produced at the highest level.. Stunning sound... a rebel, and unrepentant pioneer capable of touching the innermost reaches of any heart or mind with his powerful poetry. An artist before whom we simply have no choice but to bow down. Exceptional!" SOUNDANALYSE, 06 July 2019
"A fascinating character, and a restless artist. Sangre y Sal takes us on a journey as elegant as it is hypnotising. A range of rhythms and styles as wide and diverse as the very musical geography he dares explore… songs performed with both mastery and a (wonderful) lack of scruples… A voyage across the continents, an undisguised homage from an artist ready and willing to do anything (except take the easy way out)." RUTA 66, 02 October 2019
"...one of those records that refreshes your soul... an organic mixture so natural that you immediately wonder who's responsible for it and where they've been for so long... A record like this happens only very rarely in a lifetime, but when it does you have to hold onto it forever." PLASMA MAGAZINE, 08 July 2019
"...an atmospherically dense work... hypnotic melodies and original rhythms... extraordinary and good" DARKSTARS.DE, June 2019
"...without a shadow of a doubt, a real treat for lovers of the genre..." TERRORVERLAG WEBZINE, 12 June 2019
"Breathtaking rhythms with melancholic undertones" STADTKIND HANNOVER, June 2019