Michael DeLalla
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Michael DeLalla

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The best kept secret in music


"Matt Fink"

“One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world...DeLalla's greatest talent may be in transcending traditional stylings...[he] wastes no energy in extended improvisation and retains a melodic focus... music of the most exquisite order.” - All Music Guide

"Jon Stein"

“He is a sensational guitarist... an amazing performer and if you haven't had him in your neck of the woods yet, I would highly recommend him!”
- Bodles Opera House

"Chiara Latini"

“His music is a blend of succulent and delicious sounds guaranteed to tantalize anyone’s musical appetite.” - The Guilfordian, Greensboro NC

"Arthur Shuey"

“... a resourceful, innovative, and highly proficient acoustic guitarist.” - Encore

"Alan Fark"

“Michael DeLalla's solo acoustic rendition of Chick Corea's "Crystal Silence" whispers volumes not only about this talented guitarist's interpretation and transcription skills, but also about his refined touch on the fretboard”. - Minor 7th

"Beti Trauth"

"DeLalla proved he is indeed in dazzling technical command of his instrument, skillfully moving from traditional Celtic to contemporary solos with complete mastery" - Eureka Times Standard, Eureka CA


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.


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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)".