Guitarist, Tresero, Composer, Educator, Arranger
Dariel Peniazek is a versatile guitarist, tresero, composer, educator, and arranger based out of Philadelphia, PA. Dariel began playing guitar at the young age of 8, immediately finding a passion for the music of such rock and blues legends as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and B.B. King. Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, Dariel spent his youth playing with a variety of local bands, ranging from rock to funk and hip hop. At 18, he moved to Montreal, Quebec, to study at the esteemed McGill University. There Dariel Quickly developed a passion for jazz, and found himself immersed in the lively and burgeoning Montreal jazz scene. During his time at McGill, Peniazek had the esteemed opportunity to study with Montreal jazz guitar legend Greg Clayton. Peniazek later finished his degree in jazz performance and composition at Philadelphia's own Temple University. During his time in Philadelphia, Dariel has studied under such greats as Warren Wolf, Bruce Barth, Tim Warfield, Dick Oatts, and Peter Bernstein, and has performed alongside Philadelphia legends including Larry Mckenna, Joanna Pascale, Duane Eubanks, and John Swana. Aside from his career as a guitarist, Dariel is also recognized as an adept performer on the cuban tres. Known for using the instrument to infuse jazz vocabulary with Cuban tradition, he has shared the stage with such Latin greats as Arturo Stable, Ariacne Trujillo, and Yusa. In 2018, Dariel was chosen a recipient of the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Grant, Philadelphia’s premier jazz composition grant given to young artists who posses a unique vision for the future of music. Through this grant, Dariel created the project Kalectiv, a unique fusion between Latin, jazz, funk, and hip hop music. Through Kalectiv, Dariel continues to blur cultural boundaries through music and create new visions of community within the arts. Within the first few months of the project's inception, Kalectiv was invited to perform at the Daegu International Jazz Festival in South Korea. Dariel currently maintains a busy schedule as a performer, educator, and community activist and continues to push his career within a wide variety of musical idioms.