Composer, songwriter and improviser Daryl Shawn is a genre-hopping guitarist with an appetite for varied situations. Currently using the nylon-string guitar as his primary instrument, he weds his command of flamenco and classical techniques with a harmonic imagination grounded in jazz and the abandon of a rocker as he explores a wealth of solo and collaborative opportunities.
He is an active composer for solo guitar, having written complete suites of music for two weddings (collected on his 2008 release As Promised), as well as a growing body of more experimental pieces. Building on his experience as a songwriter for twenty years in a variety of rock and pop bands, he released a full-length collection of solo vocal songs in 2007 and is writing for several upcoming releases featuring two different groups, plus another starring a stable of different vocalists.
As active as he is as a writer and composer, Shawn is perhaps becoming best known as an improviser. His approach is immediately distinctive, utilizing the unique setup of a four-track cassette player loaded with blank endless looping tapes and a microcassette dictaphone in conjunction with his able nylon-string. He frequently performs as a solo artist, and also in collaboration, having appeared onstage with artists such as Jonathan Lamaster (Cul de Sac), Todd Brunel, Moe Staino, and Blaise Sawula. He also has taken advantage of developments in technology to interact via the Net with artists worldwide. This capability allowed him to remotely take part in both the Boise Experimental Music Festival and the Finloop looping festival in the spring of 2008.