World Music for a Global Program on November 3


NEWTON, Mass. — The Black Sea is a world away from lands where Salsa music originated. But building a bridge connecting them is Black Sea Salsa, created right here and led by Dan Teager.

As the group’s website says, the band offers “six horns, five rhythms, four vocals and one great sound.”

The Black Sea Salsa will perform their infectious rhythms on Friday, November 3, at the 85th anniversary gala of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.

The 15-piece band performs a mélange of music from Latin to Jazz and Middle Eastern.

Teager began studying the trumpet at the age of 7 and still continues to be enthusiastic about the instrument and its capabilities. After graduating from Princeton University, he went on to study electronic music composition at the New England Conservatory with Robert Ceely. Teager was introduced as a young artist by the Armenian Renaissance Association in 1989, and has performed as a featured soloist in venues ranging from the Massachusetts State House to the historic 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury.

As a teacher, Teager has taught both trumpet and recorder to students as young as 5, as established as 80, and most ages in between.

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In addition to teaching at the Winchester Community Music School, freelance work, and Black Sea Salsa, Teager also directs the Youth Choir at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Cambridge.

In 1996, he founded Black Sea Salsa with the idea of creating an original sound by fusing elements of Middle Eastern music with Latin Jazz and blues. Since its first concert, the group has gone on to establish itself as one of Boston’s premier festival bands, performing up and down the East Coast. Black Sea Salsa has recorded two CDs, and played at venues such as Boston Harborfest, Steppin’ Out Boston and Philadelphia’s Arts on the Main Line. As its director, writer, and arranger, Teager has been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Arts Council and the Armenian Foundation for Film Music and Art.

Led by Teager, featuring John Baboian on guitar with a five-piece rhythm section, Lance Martin on flute with the wall ‘o sound horns, and Ron Murphy on vocals with the Salsettes, it’s a powerhouse of a group that’s bound to put everyone in a good mood. Come celebrate the Rhythmic Equinox with the Boston’s only Armenian Salsa Band!

Their music can be heard at

To purchase tickets to the gala, which will feature award-winning journalists Robert Fisk, David Barsamian and Amberin Zaman, and mistress of ceremonies Anaide Nahikian of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, call Aram Arkun at (917) 743-9005 or email