Notes from the Pilgrimage
Press: What they're saying about Daryl Kojak and "Notes From The Pilgrimage" "Mr. Kojak uses his solo piano as few pianists can, to create a new mood, new texture, a different attack for each song that makes each one special, individual." --Show Business "Kojak's music creates lovely moods and is a great fit for romantic summer evenings" --WRTN-FM "Kojak's well-polished technique can shine - his jazz and classical training lift the compositions..." "...a fine ensemble of strings, horns and woodwinds, evoking even more the classical aspects of his compositions." "A fine offering with widespread appeal." --NAPRA ReView "Like the famed Windham Hill cache of albums, this debut CD by Daryl Kojak is, at once, bucolic and intensly musical. It's clearly and "easy listen" album. With extended passages of fine jazz tuned with classical overtones, the album seemingly marks the start of an artist who will make a serious solo mark. Listening to the introspective and melodious "Prayer" takes the listener on a journey that is haunting and mystical. "Notes From The Pilgrimage" is a magical fusion of gentle moods and hypnotic nuances that are subtle and reflective from a composer of virtuosic merit. The album evokes into a series of poetic panoramas that emote a sensuality that is a combination of New Age Jazz and spontaneous improvisations placing Kojak in a league with the likes of Vangelis and George Winston." --Backstage The orchestrations and musical directing of Daryl Kojak are absolutely beautiful. It's wonderful to hear music in a new way." --WNYX-TV "One of the best piano players in New York" --WBAI-FM "Musical director Daryl Kojak has established himself as one of the best on the scene." --Backstage "master manipulator of the piano" --electroniclink.com "dynamic jazz pianist" --Cabaret Hotline Bio Daryl Kojak delights music lovers everywhere with his spirited solo and ensemble piano performances. Daryl has performed with jazz luminaries George Coleman, Warren Vaché and Cameron Brown, and has played On- and Off-Broadway and in clubs with Sandra Bernhardt, Vicki Sue Robinson, Carmel Quinn, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. He has also worked with Jasmine Guy, Randy Brecker, Chapman Roberts and Christopher Walken. Daryl has worked on the New York music scene for more than twenty five years as a pianist, producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and musical director. The musical genres and styles of his extensive recording experience include jazz, blues, gospel, rock, R&B, pop, classical, new age and musical theatre. An accomplished and widely diverse composer, Daryl has created and scored music for film, television, stage, artist's recordings and video games. Among feature films that include Daryl's work are "True Love", "Nola" and "Warrior Class". He composes regularly for the New York City Parks Department's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. The 2006 season includes lyrics and music for "Cinderella Samba". Arranging and Producing credits include recordings for artists Mary Testa, Stephanie Pope, Heather MacRae, Laurie Krauz, Marieann Meringolo, and The Genesius Guild, for whom Daryl produced "Our Hearts Sing", featuring twenty-one Broadway and Cabaret artists. Daryl is a recipient of Backstage's Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Direction, has won Top Gospel Arranger at the 3rd Annual Caribbean Gospel Music Awards, and has been nominated for Best Musical Director by The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Daryl released his successful and popular "Notes From The Pilgrimage," an album of original compositions.