Michael DeLalla

Michael DeLalla


Guitarist and composer for classical, 12-string, and steel-string acoustic guitar offering memorable performances showcasing gifted improvisation and dazzling technical facility that never sacrifices the richness and poignancy of his compositions.


Michael's performance resume includes a variety of concert and festival settings, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Walnut Valley Guitar Festival, the Potomac and Erie Celtic Festivals, the Piedmont Guitar Society, the Bodles Opera House, and the nationally syndicated Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. In addition to concert, festival and house concert appearances both here and abroad he has been commissioned for several works, and leads workshops ranging from techniques in arranging to improvisation and extended guitar technique. Michael has also spent over a decade on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory in addition to his demanding workshop, studio and performance calendar. His solo concerts feature his original compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes that showcase his particular virtuosity, punctuated by his wry, sometimes irreverent observations of the experiences that are behind the pieces. The result is not just a collection of instrumental works, but also a narrative of his travels and travails found in his varied musical habitats, from a capella singing in Breton Gaelic to tweaking the nose of the Classical world with his raucous "Piece for Steel Drum (if I played Steel Drum)".


Michael's distinguished discography includes three solo recordings: "And Then...Or Somewhat Later", "There Is One Story And One Story Only", a Winter Holiday release, and his most recent CD "Soli", heralded by the All Music Guide as "gorgeously intricate solo guitar compositions... transcends traditional notions of the guitar with profoundly beautiful arrangements...music of the most exquisite order." He has also released two recordings with The Unfortunate Rakes: "Banish Misfortune", "The Strayaway Child", and "Rakes Alive", and has appeared as a guest artist on over two dozen recordings in both the traditional and contemporary acoustic music worlds.

Set List

Le Marchais Du Malaucaine
Wear A Tie So I'll Know You
Merrily Kiss'd The Quaker
Piece For Steel Drum (If I played Steel Drum)
O'Lydian's Mix
Se Ne Bado C'et Atao
Theme and Variations on Sakura
Infinite Loops: See Loops Infinite
Typically, a concert will be comprised of two sets of 50 minutes each, with an intermission