Biography

“He’s a cultural ambassador of the first order.” 
He’s the only American, who has had such a successful television and radio schedule here.” 
James Chrisenger, Cultural Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.

Darryl John Kennedy is an American film composer and multi-instrumentalist who performs in concert and on recordings throughout the world. He’s a traveler to over 50 countries, and is a student of numerous languages. He plays professionally 16 instruments, and has produced over 135 CDs for artists in musical styles ranging from classical to Hip-Hop.

Darryl also travels the world as an independent cultural ambassador and has been an invited keynote speaker on cultural relations to organizations including the United Nations / Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, World Affairs Council of America, National Council of International Visitors, University of California Los Angeles, Public Relations Society of America, and has worked independently in cooperation with the US State Departments Educational and Cultural Affairs, Citizens Exchange and US Embassies.

Many Americans have not heard of Darryl John Kennedy, yet his independent ambassadorial work overseas for the United States demonstrates that individual American citizens can also be effective leaders in the international arena.

What distinguishes Kennedy from other American artists? He represents America as an independent cultural ambassador; a musical diplomat who uses the arts and culture as a strategy for enhancing the image of the United States. “Better cultural relations make better foreign policy,” says Kennedy. Utilizing his system of diplomacy which can create friendships even between opposing cultures, he believes that many of today’s international conflicts can be resolved. Kennedy says that his strategy is based on relating to the subconscious historical and cultural emotionalism of societies. Darryl performs extensively around the world. His music video “Never Say Goodbye” was seen by over 80 million people on the Russian National Program VSGLAT. He’s performed at Moscow’s Blue Bird Jazz Club with Russian pianist Michael Alperin and also with Armenian musician Sergei Monokian in Red Square. In Azerbijian, Darryl even entertained for the former Soviet Red Army.

Along with international TV shows and interviews on Radio Prague and Radio Moscow, he recorded the CD “Czechmate” with big band arranger Kamil Hala, and the CD “Energy” with the jazz rock group “Hot Line.” While performing at the Karlovy Vary jazz festival in the Czech Republic, Darryl met and invited Dutch pianist Michael Del Ferro to the US where they recorded the CD “Nice Changes” released on Kennedy’s record label DKM. Kennedy was also the first American allowed to perform in concert at the KGB Ministry of Interior in Moscow. Kennedy’s Asian voyages include performing in Indonesia with guitarist Yopi Item in Jakarta, in Korea at the Blue Moon Jazz Club, in the Philippines with film star Kokoy Loren, and in Prague with Japanese dancer Min Tanaka. In South America, he studied Spanish and Brazilian orchestrations that he used in the CD “Your Voice in the Night” featuring Mexican vocalist Lupita Bejar. He also was a guest performer with the Samyoung Orchestra in South Korea. The Wisconsin television program “Look-In,” featured Darryl performing the haunting song “Jerusalem,” honoring the slain Israeli leader Itzac Rabin. He recorded with Lebanese musician Nadey Hakim on a CD entitled “A Promise for Peace” dedicated to the children of Lebanon.

Kennedy loves to perform with musicians from all around the world. Darryl remarks, “I was born into the music business; my first four steps were in tempo.” In 2006, Kennedy traveled extensively in the Middle East including The UAE, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. He recently composed and produced the CD “Voices from the Sand,” the first joint American and Egyptian production of its kind and spoke regarding this success at the United Nations with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

Darryl’s quests for discovery and adventure have taken him scuba-diving with sharks in the Galapagos Islands, jungles of Bali, deserts of the middle east, sacred temples of Asia, climbing mountains in Japan, expeditions down the Amazon, skydiving, alchemy, and digging in ancient archaeological sites. “Raising the international standards of excellence of the United States abroad is my mission. That cannot be achieved by words alone. One must prove themselves worthy in the eyes of others by commitment and tangible accomplishments.”says Darryl.

As perceived global admiration for America seems to sink lower, the story of Darryl John Kennedy gains global momentum.

“There is no short path to honor, only immense risk and survival until one succeeds.”

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between the United States and other countries of the world. It is by employing 

peaceful methods, as you do so well, that we will bring this world closer together.” Congresswoman Lois Capps, Dem. Oxnard, CA