Called "an ambassador of song", by US newspapers, Daria has traveled around the world to create music that uplifts and empowers. Winner of multiple Parent’s Choice, NAPPA, Educational and Children’s Music awards, Daria’s multilingual music is currently being played around the globe from Australia, to South Africa, to Europe and South America as well as across the United States in homes, preschools, schools and on several Native American Reservations. Says the Christian Science Monitor: “When Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou makes music, the world listens– literally!”
Daria has recorded and released numerous children’s music CD’s including, DARIA SINGS FOR EARTH DAY, GRANDCHILDREN’S DELIGHT, BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW WORLD, I HAVE A DREAM and CELEBRATE THE SEASON – SONGS FOR MERRY MUTLICULTURAL MIRTH. These cd’s share a vision of a world of dignity and respect for all peoples. Enthusiastically reviewed by press, children and parents alike; songs from these albums have been featured on XM Radio, Direct TV, World Wide Community Radio, Kids Corner and the Teachers Pay Teachers and Songsforteaching websites as well. In addition to her cd’s, Daria has created a resource-rich children’s music website that includes songs, activities, on-line coloring pages, build-an-instrument and hear-an-instrument sections located at www.dariamusic.com.
This cd is close to DARIA’s heart as she spent time during her teens in rural South America, studying and recording folk music. She speaks in the native language of Quechua and encourages preservation of this beautiful language that was used by the people of the Incan empire. Performing with her on this cd are members of the band SONQO which she co-founded with Jorge Gomez. For almost a decade, SONQO traveled and performed authentic Andean music with a variety of traditional instruments that originated in Pre-Columbian times in combination with the stringed instruments brought by Spanish conquistadors. These include traditional zampoñas, quenas, quenachos, antaras, rondador, ocarinas, charango, mandolin, guitar, bombo, Peruvian cajón, claves, rainsticks and a special rattle made from the toenails of goats called “chapchas”.
Daria was selected as the only female teaching artist for the STOMP/PULSE tour in 2004 and she represented the USA in World Expo in Seville, Spain 1992. Recently, she received a Pennsylvania Council On The Arts Arts Commentary Award and a citation for her contribution to education in the state of Pennsylvania. With a passionate interest in music and community-building, Daria holds a degree in ethnomusicology and is active in Education, Special Education, Native American, Peace and Children’s issues. Daria lives with her family in rural Pennsylvania (United States).
For complete information, visit www.dariamusic.com or contact Daria at (610) 346-9087.