Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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I studied both jazz and classical guitar in Leeds and have worked professionally as a performer ever since. In 1996 I worked for the Princes Trust where I performed with both Prince Charles and Jools Holland which led to a number of television appearances.
Also working as a composer and arranger I have had commissions from the National Museum of Photography Film and Television to compose the music to the play Electronic Colours and music written by me has been used by Yorkshire Television.
Enjoying the life of the performer, various collaborations in both the jazz and classical fields have allowed me to perform extensively throughout the country, recent appearances have included the Edinburgh Festival, Wigan International Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz festival, Saltaire Festival, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Scarborough jazz festival.
I have just released a solo guitar album, available from many outlets, check my website for links which was recently a BBC radio record of the week.
Season's Greetings from Darren!
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I checked out your page in the Jazz Network. Nice playing! When you get a moment please check out my free guitar lesson page at: http://www.bluesandjazzguitar.blogspot.com/ pass it on to friends, students and anyone who likes jazz guitar. I’m trying to promote jazz and blues guitar.