“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 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.
Although many Americans have not heard of Darryl John Kennedy’s work, his independent ambassadorial work overseas demonstrates that individual American citizens can also be effective leaders in the international arena.
What distinguishes Kennedy from other American musicians? He is a kind of musical diplomat, who uses the arts as a way to raise the standards of cultural excellence of the United States abroad without propaganda. “Better cultural relations make better foreign policy,” says Kennedy. Utilizing his system of diplomacy, Kennedy believes that many of today’s international conflicts could be resolved. His strategy is based on relating to the subconscious historical and cultural emotionalism of societies. Proof of this success can be shown where at a time when relations between America and the Soviet Union were at a very low point, Darryl traveled there, met and worked on artistic projects with Russian musicians and film makers. 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 Armenian musician Sergei Monokian in Red Square. In Azerbijian, Darryl even performed jazz for the former Soviet Red Army. Kennedy was also the first American allowed to perform in concert at the KGB Ministry of Interior in Moscow. Such is the proof and effectiveness of Kennedy’s unique approach to understanding and working together with different cultures abroad in difficult political circumstances. This approach was successfully implemented in many 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 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 learning 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 archaeology in ancient sites. “Raising the international standards of cultural excellence of the United States Republic is my mission. That cannot be achieved by words alone. One must demonstrate that their work is worthy in the eyes of others by commitment and tangible accomplishments. .”says Darryl. “Life is short, our days are numbered. I see no future in the 21st century for politicians who are put into office by financial interests for social control. I hope that humanity wakes up soon to the fact that they are living in a controlled illusion and take responsibility for their actions. If they don’t, I feel they may be responsible for their own destiny. Our great works of human literature, art, music, architecture and philosophy will be the only reminders to future humanity that we ever existed. If anyone doubts this conjecture, I would ask them to state the tangible positive contributions by most international politicians and dictators of the last thousand years, if they could even recall some of their names. One of Vincent Van Gogh’s magnificent paintings that hang in museums around the world is worth a thousand politician’s promises. His works along with Aristotle, Leonardo, Emerson, Lao Tzu, Beethoven and countless other great minds and talents through history have given themselves immortality only by their tangible accomplishments. Let us continue mankind in that tradition of cultural excellence.”
As global admiration for America seems to sink lower, the story of Darryl John Kennedy gains global momentum.
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peaceful methods, as you do so well, that we will bring this world closer together.” Congresswoman Lois Capps, Dem. Oxnard, CA