Producer’s Desk: tracking Grammy-winning Zydeco singer Terrance Simien, keyboardist Danny Williams for video trailer of “Lullaby Road”
It was a lovely visit to storied Dockside Studio in Lafayette, LA, where the likes of BB King, Dr. John, CJ Chenier and countless other legends have put down some truly immortal tracks. Located on a 12 acre estate in the heart of Cajun country on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou, it was where I met up with Terrance, Danny and ace engineer Justin Tockit to finish up recording my score for the video trailer of “Lullaby Road.” This beautiful novel by James Anderson practically wrote the music for me, with its setting in the Utah desert I visit frequently, and its cast of rich characters. It’s been a pleasure bringing this project to life. I’ll be posting more as we approach completion.
The ‘Ampersand Tour’ shaping up for summer 2017, from The Carolinas to Canada
The “Ampersand Tour’ is aptly named, as I’ll be sharing stages with some special people. Kicking it off is a concert with my old friends The Unfortunate Rakes, a ‘conversations with guitars’ with Canadian fingerstylist Bob Adern, a guitar summit with Canadians McKinley Leonard-Scott, Tim Pence and Bob Adern…and more surprises to come. Stay tuned for updates.
Scores and Sheet Music now available as downloadable .pdf’s.
I’m so pleased with the success of my book The Mindful Guitarist, but in my travels and during lessons and workshops I also get a lot of requests for scores and sheet music of my compositions and arrangements. Just in time for the holidays, I’ve begun making some of the more popular ones available as .pdf’s for you to purchase, download and print. Each score also comes with an MP3 of the piece for that oh-so-helpful aural reference. And from now through Dec.21, if you purchase either The Mindful Guitarist or three .pdf scores, I’ll send you for free a copy of my Christmas/Solstice/Winter Holiday CD “There is One Story and One Story Only.”
Coming soon: I’ll be adding some of my pieces for guitar and other instruments, in full score and parts, including oboe, flute, violin, saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor), English horn, clarinet, cello, bass. Need a custom part? No problem; just ask.
Home Again…Off Again…Home Once More
After returning from a month of touring, I was gone for 10 days in September for Florida to produce dulcimist Marcille Wallis’ latest recording, with her full band. I’ve lost count, but Marcille and I have worked together now on a lot of music over the years. I’m finishing up the mixes and mastering. I’m looking forward to it, as I know she and the band is.
I’m also looking forwtard to keeping it local to Colorado for a little while–that was a lot of miles this summer! Click here for a little guided tour of the tour.
Meanwhile, shows coming up, with details to follow:
Oct. 26: Guitarists in the Round, Front Range Community College, Westminster Campus. Guitarists from across the stylistic spectrum in one evening.
Dec.2 and 4: A Celebration of Colorado Composers, Denver (I’m so excited to be part of this concert of Colorado composeers. My special guest will be longtime collaborator Craig Matovich on oboe/English horn–details coming)
In July, on the east coast. Concerts and workshop schedule:
July 5-15: PAVAN Guitar workshop, Summer Regional Governor’s School, Stephens City VA
July 5: Capon Springs and Farm: Music on the Front Porch, 7:30 PM
July 9: Michael DeLalla & Andrew McKnight: A Global Journey of Songs & Strings
Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, doors open at 7:30 pm
20460 Gleedsville Rd Leesburg VA
July 10: Michael Delalla solo concert at The Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown MD, 3:00 PM
100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD
In Concert, Friday June 3
Michele Castro and Michael DeLalla
Concordando: Brazil comes to the Grange
10.00 in advance/12.00 at the door
Children under 12 free
To purchase tickets, click here.
Happy Spring from Michael DeLalla!
2016 promises to be filled with lots of good music and travels. The performance schedule is progressing, with solo guitar shows, concerts with Ensemble Duende, a Colorado tour with The Unfortunate Rakes (March) and a solo east coast tour in June/July. Stay tuned for calendar updates.
The Unfortunate Rakes’ Rockies Tour in March
For 35 years Chas. Fowler (pipes/whistles), Bruce Wilkin (fiddle/banjo/bazouki) and Michael DeLalla (guitars/vocals/bodhran) have been performing the music found throughout the Celtic world. Their three recordings, including the live concert CD “Rakes Alive!” features music drawn from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Shetland Islands, Canada and the US. This tour includes shows in Ft. Collins, Boulder, Longmont, Westminster, Denver and Cheyenne WY. Don’t miss them! Here’s a quick look at the schedule; for details click on individual shows listed under Events to the right. And here’s a little video tease from “Rakes Alive!”
Tue 3/8 Westminster CO FRCC/Westminster Campus, 1:00 PM
Tue 3/8 Boulder CO (and the world
–stream it!) KGNU FM 88.5 “Cabaret” live radio broadcast, 7:00-8:00 PM MST
Wed 3/9 Cheyenne WY Laramie County Library, 6:30 PM
Thu 3/10 Longmont CO FRCC/Boulder Co. Campus, 12:30 PM
Fri 3/11 Fort Collins CO Poudre River Public Library (Harmony branch), 7:00 PM
Sat 3/12 Denver CO Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Mary, 7:00 PM
Ensemble Duende: A Musical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Guitarist/Composer Michael DeLalla with Deborah Schmit-Lobis (piano), Craig Matovich (oboe/English horn/flute) & Phil Norman (cello)
with special guest fiddler Jessie Burns (formerly of Gaelic Storm) and singer Kini Christie
“The duende, then, is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, ‘The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.’” – Federico Garcia Lorca
Duende is the spirit of evocation. It’s what brings forth a physical or emotional response to art, the chill down the spine, the irrepressible sigh, smile or tear when experiencing an expressive artistic performance.
With Ensemble Duende, it’s the very essence of their music, whether drawn from their classical training or the varied traditions found in the music of other cultures, or their intuitive improvisations. It’s a soul-sharing, a most intimate connection between the performers and their audience.
Compositions, arrangements and improvisations from this stellar line-up
Michael’s Summer 2015 Tour Schedule
It’s that time of year when I head to the east coast, a nice mix of concerts, workshops and a few private lessons (I have room for a few more, so hit me up if I’m coming through your town). This year, I’ll have my new book “The Mindful Guitarist” on the sales table. I’m also looking forward to sharing some stage time with some special friends, notably fiddler Carrie Bartsch and singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight.
As usual, I’ll be writing about the tour in ‘Michael’s Blog’, so tune in when you can. You can also read it on Facebook.
Remember when it comes to schedules, things happen…always check with a venue, or drop me a note. Here’s hoping to see you at a show.
See Calendar at right for ticket/reservations/directions for specific shows, or click on links
Friday June 26, Rapid City SD: Hay Camp Brewing Co. with Carrie Bartsch
Sunday June 28, Custer SD: private event, with Carrie Bartsch
Monday July 6-Friday July 17, Stephens City VA: SRGS/PAVAN Guitar workshop
Tuesday July 7, Capon Springs WV Capon Springs Hotel and Farms
Saturday July 11, Philomont VA: Redwood Run House Concert with Andrew McKnight
Sunday July 12, Washington DC The Corner Store
My New Book: The Mindful Guitarist
The Mindful Guitarist will cause you to rethink so many things you thought you knew about music. It’s not just a method book for classical and fingerstyle guitarists, but a profound look at Creative Process. Visit the Buy Music page to order your copy. Available in book form and all of the major ebook platforms.
2014 touring: “A Fingerstyle Guitar Journey” in the Pacific Northwest, East Coast
A great trip to the Northwest, including some mid-tour R & R on the San Juan Islands, then back home to Colorado for a cup of coffee and a load of laundry before packing and leaving for the east coast tour. What a fabulous trip it’s been–be sure to read “Michael’s Blog” for more fun and insights. Now, time to finish the book, then hit the road again…Thanks to all of you who make it out to the shows and buy the music–your support and friendship has my undying gratitude.
2014 Pacific Northwest Tour Dates
Wed June 4 Portland OR: The Historic Old Church
Thu June 5 Lincoln City OR: Lincoln City Cultural Center
Sat June 7 Seattle WA: WORKSHOP: NOT for Guitarists Only: Improvisation as Spontaneous Composition, Dusty Strings Music Store & School
Sat June 7 Marysville WA: Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Thu June 12 Enterprise OR: Wallowa Valley Music Alliance Courthouse Concert Series
Fri June 13 Sandpoint ID: Pend d’Oreille Winery
Sat June 14 Worley ID (near Coeur d’Alene Lake): Sun Meadow Resort
Then home for a cup of coffee, and off to the east coast:
Sun June 29 Rockville MD: Glenview Mansion Concert Series
Mon June 30-Fri July 11 Stephens City VA: PAVAN/SRGS Guitar workshop
Tue July 1: Capon Springs WV: Capon Springs Farms and Hotel
Sun July 13: Winchester VA: Reunion concert with The Unfortunate Rakes
Music for St. Patrick’s at Boulder Beer
Fiddler extraordinaire Deb Switzer joins me for an afternoon of jigs, reels, hornpipes and songs from Ireland (and all the Celtic lands).
In 2014: Spring Tour to the Northwest, Summer Tour to the East Coast
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Northwest but I’ll be making concert stops in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington (hoping to also land a Vancouver BC show). Also on the schedule is a pair of workshops at Dusty Strings in Seattle. Then I come home, unpack, do some laundry and head off for an East Coast tour. Stay tuned for updates and more details–of the shows and workshops, not the laundry.
It’s here: EC’s must listens for 2013
Every year EC culls from the wealth of music she encounters for airplay on her KGNU-FM radio shows “Musica Mundi,” “The Heavy Set” and “Sound Lab.” You’ll find plenty to add to your iPod. Read about the artists and follow links to their music on EC’s Blog.
Summer tour “A Fingerstyle Guitar Journey” concludes with shows in Maine, New York City, Virginia, Michigan
Seven weeks. 8047 miles. Incalculable memories.
I’m back in Colorado after a great summer tour. If you missed my ongoing blog you can still check it out here, at Michael’s Blog—so many good stories! Photos and video coming soon.
After a little time to get re-acclimated to the Front Range I’m back to work on filling the calendar with shows and workshops. I’m way overdue to revisit the West Coast and Northwest—any ideas or offers to host a concert are welcome. I’m also hoping to get to do some shows in the Southern states in the coming year. And finally, I need to schedule some shows right here in Colorado. I’ll keep you posted here on the website.
Documentary “Seeking Wellness” premieres Monday September 23 in Longmont CO—featuring Michael’s Music
“Seeking Wellness”, a new film about holistic medicine by Colorado native Rich Lukon, premieres Monday September 23, 6:00 PM at the Longmont Senior Center. Lukon will host a discussion about his work after the showing. I will be at the premiere, as will those featured in the film. More details to come.
“…a sublime and uniquely crafted sonic landscape…DeLalla creates a sonic vibrancy on this CD that is rich, remarkable and revelatory.” ©James Filkins/min7th.com
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“The musicianship on this album is excellent…[DeLalla] has blended different styles from around the world to create a great artistic atmosphere…” Greg Bennett/Victory Music
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Autumn finds guitarist/composer Michael DeLalla back in Colorado after a summer tour in the mid-Atlantic. Performances were in a variety of settings: solo concerts to celebrate his new release This Is How I Disappear, a show with his longtime partners in Celtic music The Unfortunate Rakes, a concert with National Autoharp Champion Bonnie Phipps, and a two-week guitar workshop. Check back frequently for newly added shows.
Michael DeLalla: Home again, keeping it local for a (little) while
Six weeks. 8711 miles. I don’t think I’ve ever played a more gratifying tour–great venues that let the music sparkle, great audiences to soak it up. I can’t thank enough the wonderful radio and press along the way. And all the extras: plenty of sightings of old friends, lots of new friends, great regional food (I love this part of the job!), plenty of opportunity to soak up the varied cultures that comprise us. Thank you.
Back in Colorado now, with a slate of shows close to home–a great opportunity to connect with my Front Range friends. Check the Events sidebar for updates and more details.