Artist Bio

Dominic Kanza

(Bio as of November 2008)

Dominic Kanza most recently collaborated with the Goodman on Ruined during the 2008/2009 Season. He is a guitarist/singer/songwriter who has been touring throughout the world for the past 25 years, performing with a wide variety of artists, such as Jazz legends Chris Botti, Pharaoh Sanders, Michael Brecker and Bill Laswell. He has also worked extensively with singer/songwriter Paul Simon, with whom he has collaborated on events such as President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball and Mr. Simon’s annual “Back at the Ranch” concert series. He has shared the stage with performers such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jose Feliciano and others. Mr. Kanza has also recorded with friend/composer Bob Telson (Bagdad Cafe) and has worked with him on numerous projects, including the Broadway musical Chronicle of a Death Foretold. As a composer, Mr. Kanza has been active in television, writing the score for the National Geographic television documentary film Zaire River. He has recorded numerous jingles and wrote one of the theme songs for the Oprah Winfrey Show. He toured and performed with the singer Harry Belafonte, appearing in a PBS television concert entitled An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends, which was released on video and CD. In 1993, he received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Writers Association. He was one of only 25 recipients worldwide, a group which included Mikhail Gorbachev and Vanessa Redgrave. He most recently performed at the Blues concert at Radio City Music Hall with artists as diverse as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith and The Neville Brothers. He is pictured at the event in the “Room Full of Blues” section in the August issue of Vanity Fair.        

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