“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
Michael DeLalla (guitars, vocals), Deborah Schmit-Lobis (Piano), Craig Matovich (oboe, flute, English horn), Phil Norman (cello)
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.
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“One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world….music of the most exquisite order.” Matt Fink, All Music Guide
For more than 30 years guitarist/composer MICHAEL DELALLA has been serving up a delicious brew of his solo guitar compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes gathered worldwide, steeped with his classical training and seasoned with his jazz, Celtic and folk stylings. He characterizes his concert performance as a “journey” shared with his audience, a narrative of his travels and travails found in his varied musical habitats, from a capella kan e diskan in Breton Gaelic, to evocations of Japanese koto music and the North African o’ud, to tweaking the nose of the classical music world with his raucous “Piece for Steel Drum (If I Played Steel Drum)”. Michael also conducts workshops around the country, based on his ideas put forth in his 2015 book The Mindful Guitarist.
“…a sublime and uniquely crafted sonic landscape… DeLalla creates a sonic vibrancy on this CD that is rich, remarkable and revelatory.” Minor 7th.com, about his newest recording This Is How I Disappear
” Schmit-Lobis plays intriguing, high-end music that any true musician can appreciate!“ Mike Caldwell WAWK, Chatanooga, TN
Colorado Pianist, composer, arranger and recording artist DEBORAH SCHMIT-LOBIS has performed and toured nationally and internationally with a long list of notable artists, from Steve Allen, the Paul Winter Consort, the Moody Blues and fiddle sensation Mark O’Connor to the original ‘Fab 4’ from the Broadway hit The Boys from Beatlemania, to tenor Andrea Bocelli; she even accompanied Luciano Pavarotti on the accordion in his last Denver appearance. Her 2010 solo piano recording When the Sun Turns North, was nominated for New Age CD of the year by the nationally syndicated radio show ‘Echoes’ with John Diliberto.
“[Her] music felt like silky chocolate running through my veins.” Scott Schaefer, Surprise, AZ.
CRAIG MATOVICH, performing on oboe, flute, English horn and electronic wind generator was, along with guitarist Michael DeLalla, a founding member of the seminal improvisational chamber ensemble Oxymora. While his immediately identifiable oboe tone has landed him in orchestras both on the east coast and the Rockies, he is also known for his ability to improvise in a variety of styles. Of Craig and Michael’s work with Oxymora, reviewer Joe Ross wrote “Incorporating spirited rhythms and elegant textures from various cultures yields bountiful and evocative rewards…[they] reminded me of guitarist Eric Tingstad and oboist Nancy Rumbel.”
Gives “cello playing a modern flair.” Marquee Magazine
A performing artist and composer dedicated to redefining cello playing, PHIL NORMAN draws from diverse influences to create an eclectic, original style. Classically trained with a degree from the University of Colorado, he has studied jazz with pianist Russell Schmidt and violinist Glenn Basham, and is equally accomplished as both a classical and alternative performer. He is much in demand both locally on the Front Range of Colorado, appearing with Kristi Stice, Someone’s in for an Explosion, Travis Grode and nationally with Bettman and Halpin. He has performed concerts in the United States, Italy, and Australia, has appeared on stage with composer and pianist, Carter Pann, guitarist Grant Gordy, and Bonnie Carol. He has made guest appearances with Elephant Revival, Heather Marie-Philip, Derek Hart, and Astoria Boulevard in New York. He was also a Featured Artist for TEDxBoulder.
“…absolutely gorgeous, fascinating and complex.” Stubborn Sounds Music Media, about his recording Gravity Cello.