“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 composer and multi-instrumentalist who performs in concert and on recordings throughout the world. A traveler to over 50 countries and student of numerous languages, Darryl plays professionally 16 instruments, and has produced over 135 CDs with artists in musical styles from classical to Hip-Hop.
Kennedy also travels the world as an independent cultural ambassador and has been an invited keynote speaker as an expert 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. As an independent, he insists on no affiliation with any political party, intelligence organization, global financial institution, military, NGO or governmental agency. He speaks as a well traveled and informed American.
Although many are unaware of Kennedy’s cultural diplomacy, his independent ambassadorial work overseas demonstrates that individual American citizens can also be successful leaders in the international arena.
What distinguishes Kennedy from other American musicians? He uses the arts as but one method to raise the standards of cultural excellence and leadership of the United States abroad without propaganda. “Better cultural relations make better foreign policy,” says Kennedy. Utilizing his system of diplomacy, Kennedy believes many of today’s international conflicts could be resolved easier. His strategy is based on relating and understanding the subconscious historical and cultural emotionalism of societies. Proof of his methods can be demonstrated when Darryl traveled to the USSR and worked on artistic projects with Russian musicians and film makers. His interview and 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 Armenian musician Sergei Monokian in Red Square. In Azerbijian, Darryl performed jazz for the former Soviet Red Army. Kennedy was also the first American to perform in concert at the KGB Ministry of Interior in Moscow, a demonstration of the effectiveness in Kennedy’s approach working abroad in difficult political circumstances. Darryl’s method has been successfully implemented in countries including indonesia, Korea, Japan, Egypt, Czechoslovakia, Philippines and others.
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’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 artist 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 enjoys performing with musicians from all around the world. Darryl remarks, “I was born into the music business; my first four steps were in tempo.” Kennedy has traveled extensively in the Middle East including The UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. He has composed various Jewish Sephardic compositions and tributes, 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.
As an adventurer, Darryl’s quests 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 archaeology in ancient sites. Kennedy states, “Raising the cultural excellence of the United States is my mission. It must start with myself. All the great civilizations have risen and fallen like Rome. America has but little time to reverse its course of losing its sovereignty. If it doesn’t, the Constitution will be proven to be a fantasy of some idealistic men in history. I do not intend to let that happen without a fight, yet steering a new course cannot be achieved by words alone. One must demonstrate that their work is worthy in the eyes of others by commitment and tangible results.” .
“Life is short, our days are numbered. The great works of human literature, art, music, architecture and philosophy will be the only reminders to future humanity that we even existed. Should one doubt this conjecture, I would ask them to list the tangible contributions by most international politicians of the last thousand years, if they could even recall some of their names. Words are not enough. One of Vincent Van Gogh’s magnificent paintings that hang in museums world-wide is worth a thousand politician’s promises. The works of Aristotle, Leonardo, Emerson, Lao Tzu, Kant, Beethoven and countless other great minds have given themselves immortality through their tangible accomplishments. Let’s hope mankind continues in that tradition of cultural excellence.”
As current global admiration for America seems to sink lower, the story of Darryl John Kennedy gains global momentum.
“I have found no short path to honor, only immense risk for a worthy cause with relentless struggle 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