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Darren Guyaz / Bio

I first began strumming in 2001 on a friend’s guitar in a small little trailer on an old historic homestead in the hills north of Missoula, Montana. The guitar was the perfect instrument to pick up – I grew up playing classical piano in a small town in Maine and sang in high school and college choral groups – but I hadn’t played any music for quite a few years after I put the keys aside.

Almost a year passed before I found myself playing again. This time I was working on a small, organic goat farm hidden away in the rain-soaked mountains of southern Chile. Here, in the midst of torrential downpours right out of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, I began writing my first songs. I had only an old, beat-up classical guitar lent to me by Miguel, the owner of the small Patagonian estancia to accompany me through the dark and misty days.

Months later I bought my first guitar – a classical nylon string – from a little music store tucked away on a back alley of La Paz, Bolivia. I wrote lyrics while traveling through the Andes on the way to Lake Titicaca. There, on a balcony with a panoramic vista of the seemingly endless waters, I matched the words to my finger-picking and wrote my first song.

Within a few weeks of returning to the States in the autumn of 2002, I was on the road again with a new job, crisscrossing the country, photographing doctors from South Carolina to Wyoming, Michigan to California. I spent countless hours in my hotel rooms playing, singing, writing songs. I wrote about my childhood, of love and loss, of how I saw the world that was changing so quickly before my eyes.

I have now lived in Seattle for over four years. Many guitars, many lyrics, many melodies have come and gone. I continue to write about love, social justice, my early years, peace and the inextricable fate that somehow binds us together in an intangible, beautiful way.

General Info

Band Members
Solo, but looking for bandmembers!
Artist Name
Darren Guyaz
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Alternative / Ambient Acoustic / Singer/Songwriter

Contact Info

Seattle, WA