"Daryl Shawn is one of those acoustic guitar gems that can seize you and drag you along with him in an erratic dance in the pick of a string." Deli Magazine, New York
"...a rare find indeed, as anyone who knows enough guitarists will tell you." MuzikReviews.com
Daryl Shawn plays the hell out of a classical guitar, blending influences from around the globe with the intensity of rock. Without the assistance of backing tracks, effects pedals or alternate tunings, he has developed an idiosyncratic array of guitar techniques that can produce the attack of a full band, simulate an African thumb piano, or lull one into reflection with the most tender of lullabies.
An alumnus of Berklee College of Music who went on to study classical and flamenco methods before devoting himself to writing his own songs, Shawn draws on a wide array of genres, while maintaining the emotional intensity and directness inherent in the best rock music. While much of his work is instrumental, Shawn often complements his impressive guitar skills with winsome, colorful lyrics, like Kaki King with a dash of Paul Simon.
Shawn is frequently on the road and has developed a taste for endurance challenges, from doing solo tours of up to 45 dates by train and bus to doing a full set in each of New York's five boroughs in one marathon day of performance.
Now based in Brooklyn, NY, Shawn is celebrating the release of his latest album, "In Place", while continuing to book and play live shows all across North America. [+]