Freelance Projects

Doshisha University Residency

Darryl visits Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan for a series of lectures. June 2024.

Princeton University Jazz Festival

Darryl performs with Princeton University students at the Princeton University Jazz Festival, April 13, 2024.

Northampton Jazz Workshop

Darryl plays with vocalist Claudia Acuña and the Green Street Trio at City Sports Grille in Northampton, April 11, 2024.

Amherst College Faculty Concert: Words and Music

Darryl joins Carl Clements to premiere Carl’s Sonata 1 for Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone inspired by the duets of Yusef Lateef, Amherst College, March 30, 2024

All That Jazz on WHMP

Darryl joins radio host Glenn Siegel for “All That Jazz” broadcast on WHMP, part of the “Talk the Talk” podcast series, November 2, 2023.

Talking About Freedom with Vijay Iyer at Amherst College

Darryl joins composer-pianist Vijay Iyer in a conversation called “Freedom as Improvisation,” October 24, 2023.

Amherst College Jazz Faculty Concert: Women Composers

Darryl joins the Amherst College jazz faculty in a concert featuring women composers, September 10, 2023.

Album Release at The Drake

Darryl celebrates the release of his new album Chamber Made at The Drake Amherst. November 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

All Keyed Up

Talking with Ben Kapilow in an interview podcast in which Ben speaks with a wide range of professionals about topics related to the field of piano teaching. Darryl talks about improvisation through the lenses of history, culture, education, and neuroscience. March 21, 2021.

A Conversation With Yusef Lateef

In observance of the centennial of Yusef Lateef’s birthday, an excerpt from Darryl’s 2007 interview with Lateef. Here the two discuss Lateef’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Posted February 20, 2021.

Mister G and the Global Citizen Ensemble: Children of the World

Darryl joins the Global Citizen’s Ensemble to contribute to acclaimed children’s singer/songwriter Mister G’s 2020 album Children of the World.

Claudia Acuña’s Break the Silence

A longtime admirer of her music, Darryl joins Claudia Acuña and her quartet for a virtual performance benefitting domestic violence prevention. August 1, 2020.

30 Boltwood Residency

During a four-month residency, Darryl presents new material with a new band at a favorite local spot. David Picchi (bass). Bob Weiner (percussion). Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet in Concert and Recording

Grammy Award-winning composer Ryan Truesdell’s Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet with the Wistaria Quartet

Jazz at Schwemm’s: Souls of Amherst Folk

Darryl performs the Souls of Amherst program at Schwemm’s Café.

CHI Salon: Souls of Amherst Folk

As the new director of Amherst’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Darryl gives a performance in tribute to those who have helped to shape the Amherst community through music.

Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

With Ed Sarath (trumpet), Wayne Smith (cello), and Bob Weiner (percussion)

Amherst College Jazz Faculty Concert

The Amherst College jazz faculty welcomes students with a concert showcasing the depth and richness of jazz at the College.

Helen Sung’s “Sung With Words”

Pianist/composer Helen Sung’s program of all original settings of the poems of Dana Gioia. Co-produced by Sung and Harper.

Freddie Bryant – Anthems and Monuments

Two performances and a conversation with the artists

Northampton Jazz Workshop

Darryl plays with the Green Street Trio.

Todd Marcus Quintet – On These Streets

Celebrating Todd’s new release at the Atlas Intersections Festival

Regina Carter – Hair Bow Anthems

Darryl moderates a discussion with Regina Carter and Sonya Clark.

Embodied Knowledge Colloquium at Amherst College

How artists use the body to imbue their work with meaning

Listening Party with Theo Croker

Darryl moderates a discussion and listening session with Theo Croker.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

Darryl guests with the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

Amherst College Jazz Faculty Concert

Darryl joins Bruce Diehl (director), Carl Clements (saxophones), Claire Arenius (drums), David Picchi (bass), Eugene Uman (piano), and other members of the Amherst College Jazz Faculty to perform original compositions and arrangements. September 10, 2017.

Valentine Professorship at Amherst College

Darryl serves as the Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Professor of Music at Amherst College (Amherst, MA) for the 2017-18 school year.

Brian Landrus’s Generations

Darryl held the clarinet chair on baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist/composer Brian Landrus’s 2017 release Generations on Blue Land Records. Here is a slide show and some music from the album.

China 2017

Photos from a tour of China to Nanjing University of the Arts, Shandong University of the Arts, Shanghai Normal University, and Tongji University.

Todd Marcus Quintet

Photos from the May 22, 2016 concert of the Todd Marcus Quintet featuring clarinetist and Guggenheim Fellow Don Byron at The Camel in Richmond, VA. Darryl produced the concert in partnership with RIchmond Jazz Society.

The Lullaby Project at VCU

Video and news articles from this project with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, VCU Institute of Women’s Health and Carnegie Hall that helps women facing challenging circumstances to bond with their children. Musicians are paired with moms to help them write lullabies for their newborns.

Billy the Kid in Switzerland

Video of a live performance of Lynn Baker’s arrangement and reimagining of Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite. Performed in Château-d’Oex, Switzerland at the International Society for Improvised Music conference in July 2015.

Into Something: Edenfred Residency

Darryl’s duo “Into Something”with Kevin Harris on piano performs “Water Pistol” by Yusef Lateef at artists’ salon during a residency at Edenfred in Madison, Wisconsin during the summer of 2009.

Richmond Jazz Society Presents: VCU Jazz Masters

The Richmond Jazz Society presented the VCU Jazz Masters on its Guest Educators Series in May 2009. Photos by Digital Image House.

Herskovits: At the Heart of Blackness

Darryl co-wrote the score for the award-winning 2009 documentary film Herskovits: At the Heart of Blackness. See the trailer as aired on PBS’s Independent Lens.

Passing Images Tour with Frode Haltli

Harper joined Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli for the 2007 US tour of his ECM release Passing Images.

Creative Opportunity Workshop (COW)

Creative Opportunity Workshop (COW) is an experimental ensemble led by pianist/composer Earl MacDonald. COW’s influences include folk musics, free improvisation, contemporary classical music, and popular musics.