Within a month of picking up the guitar at age sixteen, Daryl Shawn was writing songs. His interest in composition, as well as improvisation and advanced harmony, led him to the jazz program at Berklee College of Music. Soon, he branched out into flamenco, African and classical music studies, incorporating these various influences into his writing for a succession of bands as well as solo work.
Relocating from San Francisco, California to Oaxaca, Mexico in 2004, Shawn took advantage of a quieter lifestyle to focus his time on music. He created and performed complete musical programs for five weddings, explored experimental music with a unique cassette tape looping system, and wrote dozens of songs.
In 2007, he began a series of regular tours of the United States, doing up to 80 dates each year, generally traveling solo and eschewing automobiles in favor of trains. In 2009 he relinquished a permanent address and remained effectively on the road until 2011 when he settled in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, he is preparing to release two new albums while continuing to book and play whistle-stop tours all across North America.