Travels in Portugal: Playing a Kora
Portugal was beautiful, with no shortage profound musical experiences to go with the great food, wine and countryside. Below, I meet a world musician named Onun, who twisted my arm to try his Kora. Click here for some video, and more pics and thoughts from our travels.
VoyageDenver Magazine and Michael talk about guitar, composition, performance, and even curry.
You can read the interview here: Life & Work with Michael DeLalla – VoyageDenver – Denver
Willow Farm presents the “Colorado Guitar Festival“
A celebration of Classical and Flamenco guitar, this yearâ€™s artists include Alfredo Muro, Michael DeLalla, Ben Johnson, Steve Mullins, Izzy Fincher, David Tutmark (visiting from Portland Oregon) and Duo Mosaico. Outdoor event (weather permitting, indoor backup) on the scenic grounds of Willow Farm in Hygiene Colorado (just west of Longmont in the lush St. Vrain valley), near Boulder and Lyons. Some seating provided (bringing your own is encouraged), refreshment, flower bouquets, and produce available (organically grown on-site).Regional builders of classical guitars (Wilson Burnham, Chris Conery, and Martin Ters) will be on-site displaying their instruments. Guitars by these and other luthiers will be available for sale.
Where:11898 N. 75th St. Longmont 80503
Ticket prices $20 (thru eventbrite in advance) $15 (seniors and students thru eventbrite in advance). $15 day of the show on-site, $18 seniors and students.
Are you using this Covid-19 time to dive deeper into guitar, composition, and improvisation? I can help!
Now is a great time to be learning new music and new techniques. Lessons and workshops? Contact me for online instruction–I’ve been teaching online for more than a decade.
And check out my score and book offerings. Below, a long-ago (20 years!) performance of my piece ‘Arise’–thank you Ricardo Marlow, for sharing this special memory.
Time to give the gift of music for the holidays
CDs? Books? Scores and tabs? Digital files or hard copy? I have all of the Michael DeLalla things that the guitar enthusiast in your life, including you, needs this holiday season. And as the pic indicates, I can make you a special deal on a boxed set–go to Buy Music what you need, and I’ll put it in a box and send it to you!
Global Flutes, Lutes & Motion
Music and dance from a world of traditions
Merlyn, Michael and David invite you to listen, dance, relax and participate in strengthening our creative community and finding the cultural annd emotional nourishment we all need during these times.
Let’s tend to our strong social connection while maintaining safe social distancing. Here’s a little tease:
Visit www.CreativityAlive.org for more information.
You’re invited to Michael’s next Online Composition Workshop: Sat. June 27
Here we go again–our first one was so successful that I scheduled another!
You get a great idea–a bit of a melody, a chord progression, a riff. It sounds great, but you’re stuck: what next?
This online composition/songwriting workshop, for guitarists and songwriters alike, is limited to a small group of 6-10 creative participants,. Bring your musical idea–I’ll show you techniques to help you develop it into a finished piece of music. Or, we can start from scratch.
NEW, since you asked for it:
Two 90-min. sessions to choose from.
Pick the session that works best for you:
Saturday June 27
1:00-2:30 PM MDT
$35.00 USD, PayPal or Venmo.
Click here for event details.
Join me Sunday 5/31 on KGNU-FM’s “Sunday Live@Five!
Online Composition/Arranging Workshop: Saturday May 23
A little Miles Davis for you. For last summerâ€™s tour, I revisited â€œNardisâ€ after a lot of years of not playing it, plugging it into about half the shows. I was going to keep it in rotation for the next tour, which, like musical events worldwide, is cancelled. So this will have to do until live music can happen again. Enjoy.
From my â€œ4 Miniatures for Guitarâ€ set, I wrote this piece for Elaine, evoking the languorous romantic music of Vinicius Cantuaria. Just among us, I think she crushes on him, or at least his silky voice and complex chromatic textures: â€œHer Secret Crush on Viniciusâ€. Hit me up if youâ€™d like to procure it or the other scores from â€œMiniaturesâ€. Happy Valentineâ€™s Day to you and whomever you crush on.
Ringing in the New Year right with a couple of concerts in Virginia
I’m looking forward to a New Year’s Eve performance with First Night Winchester. Also, a house concert in Leesburg is being firmed up. Watch this space for more details.
For the Holidays, don’t give ‘stuff’
You know, there are options for holiday gift-giving besides â€˜stuff.â€™
Such as: no stuff.
You know all the reasonsâ€”the natural resources required to make, package and transport the â€˜stuff.â€™ Donâ€™t even get me started on Amazon. The ultimate ending is a nothing-but-net jump shot into the landfill.
Why not give a gift of substance, or an experience? Music is both of these things. And look at all the ways you can thoughtfully gift my music:
Music downloads (maybe even a physical CD, for the nostalgists).
The Mindful Guitarist, my book about how I bring my creative process to the guitar, can be given as a digital download as well as hardcopy.
The same for scores of my pieces.
A Gift Certificate for lessonsâ€”6 lessons for the price of 5; in person if you are nearby; or via the internet.
Really into giving an experience? How about hosting a private house concert for 25 or so of your anti-stuffy friends. I can tell you how.
Denver: A Winter Solstice Concert
|Come celebrate the magic of the Winter Solstice and awaken to the hope of the New Year with Music, Poetry and Celebration, featuring vocalist |
Marta Burton, guitarist Michael DeLalla, pianist/vocalist Pamela Weng,
violinist Anthony Salvo, and percussionist Gregg Wilkins.
Saturday December 21, 6:30-8:30 PM
Unity on the Avenue
4670 E. 17th Avenue Pkwy, Denver CO
Admission: $20 at the door.
Now, for Left-Hander’s Day:
A piece I wrote for a most venerable left-hander: Chief Niwot, for whom my hometown is named. proclaimed that anyone who saw Boulder Valley’s breath-taking landscape would be cursed with the desire to always return here. And here I am, home again. From my new set of 4 Miniatures for Solo Guitar, this is “Chief-Niwot’s Curse.” I dedicate to left-handers and travelers everywhere.
New videos from Summer 2019 Tour
Here’s a video from my recent East Coast tour. This is “Nana”
Home again, after a fabulous tour–thank you, all of you who made it so memorable!
Saturday, July 13, Washington DC
The Church of the Holy City is located at 1611 16th Street, N.W., at the corner of 16th and Corcoran Streets (between R and Q Street, going south).
Google Maps for the surrounding area.
Walking distance street parking can be found along 16th Street, NW and side streets between “O” Street to the south and “T” Street to the north.
Using the link above. Enter 1611 16th Street NW. It shows two, one on 15th & P and the other on P between 16th and 17th Street.
The Metro Stop closest to the Church is Dupont Circle on the Redline, Q Street, North Exit on the Redline. When exiting the escalator, turn right on Q Street and cross Connecticut Avenue. Continue on Q Street until you reach 16th Street. Cross 16th Street and turn left. The church is on your right.
The Flatirons Guitar Trio: three distinct guitar voices, Michael Chapdelaine, Sean McGowan and Michael DeLalla, come together for “Guitar Conversations” to explore the rich and varied musical terrains theyâ€™ve traversed in fingerstyle, jazz, classical and world traditions. Join them for this special musical journey.
Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets at Eventbrite
New! Residential Workshop in the Mountains of West Virginia
June 23-27 2019
Come study with Michael for 4 days at beautiful Capon Springs and Farms, Capon Springs WV
Click here for pricing, workshop outline, and travel information. To learn about all that Capon Springs has to offer, visit https://www.caponsprings.net.
To make your reservation at Capon Springs, click here:Â https://www.caponsprings.net/find-your-room/Â
Back in Colorado for a while: some upcoming performances:
Friday Sept. 14, Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville CO, with Alfredo Muro and Felicity Muench
Saturday, Sept. 8, The Slab, Estes Park with fiddler/singer MadailÃ©in nÃ Mheachair
What a Great Way to End the East Coast Tour
(Note: you can read about the tour at Michael’s Blog )
The final performance from the 2018 PAVAN workshop in Stephens City VA, Benjamin Verdery’s “Scenes from Ellis Island”, performed by the guitar orchestra, with soloists, including Kevin Vigil‘s absolutely beautiful playing. Joining the guitar orchestra are members of the Voice Division, readings by the Theater students and works by the Visual Arts students featured in a slide show that was projected during the piece. Great work, everybody.
Next up on the East Coast Tour: “Strings into Stories” withÂ Andrew McKnight in Leesburg VA
Sat. July 7th, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
UU Church of Loudoun, 20460 Gleedsville Road, Leesburg VA
Requested admission donation $20 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Friends of Loudoun Mental Health
Click here to learn more about Michael and Andrew’s “Strings into Stories” concerts
Kicking off the East Coast tour with a favorite:
24th Annual Mountville Folk Festival
Saturday 6/23 Bull Run Mountain, Aldie VA
It’s been some years since I’ve visited this lovely gathering. I’ll be taking the stage atÂ 6:15 PM. I’d love to see my DMV friends there.
RSVP REQUIREDÂ MountvilleFolkFestival@comcast.netÂ
Gates open at noon, music starts at 1pm. Camping and late night jams/song circles after Main Stage ends (about 10pm). Pancake breakfast for all campers Sunday morning.
Another Visit to the East Coast Coming Up
Some upcoming shows, more to come. I’ll have details posted in the calendar ASAP:
Sunday June 10: Aspen COÂ Friday June 15: Longmont CO Monday June 18: Denver CO Saturday June 23: Aldie VA, Mountville Festival Saturday July 7: Leesburg VA w/singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight Sunday July 8: Leesburg VA, Loudoun UU Church Sunday July 8: Chantilly VA House concert w/guitarist Candice Mowbray Monday July 10-Thursday July 19: Stephens City VA PAVAN Guitar workshop, w/Dr. Kevin Vigil & Keith Filppu Tuesday July 17: Capon Springs and Farms Friday August 3: Telluride CO
I had the pleasure of composing the score for the trailer of James Anderson’s latest novel, Lullaby Road. Watch the trailer here:Â
Producer’s Desk: tracking Grammy-winningÂ 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.Â 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 â€˜conversations with guitarsâ€™ with Canadian fingerstylist Bob Adern, a guitar summit with Canadians McKinley Leonard-Scott, Tim Pence and Bob Adernâ€¦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 workshopsÂ I alsoÂ 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 addingÂ some of myÂ 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, IÂ was goneÂ for 10 days in September forÂ 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 alsoÂ looking forwtard to keeping it local to Colorado for a little while–that was a lot of miles this summer!Â 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.Â 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 MichaelÂ 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.
HappyÂ Spring from Michael DeLalla!
Â 2016 promises to be filled with lots of good music and travels. The performanceÂ schedule is progressing, with solo guitar shows, concerts with Ensemble Duende, a Colorado tour with The Unfortunate Rakes (March) and a solo east coast tourÂ in June/July. Stay tuned for calendar updates.
The Unfortunate Rakes’ RockiesÂ 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 Â Alive!” features music drawn from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Shetland Islands, Canada and the US. This tour includes shows inÂ Ft. Collins, Boulder, Longmont, Westminster, Denver and Cheyenne WY.Â 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!)Â KGNU FM 88.5 “Cabaret” live radio broadcast, 7:00-8:00 PM MST
Wed 3/9 Cheyenne WY LaramieÂ County Library, 6:30 PM
Thu 3/10 Longmont CO FRCC/Boulder Co. Campus, 12:30 PM
Fri 3/11 Fort Collins COÂ Poudre River Public Library (Harmony branch), 7:00 PM
Sat 3/12 Denver COÂ 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
â€œThe 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, â€˜The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.â€™â€ â€“ Federico Garcia Lorca
Duende is the spirit of evocation. Itâ€™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, itâ€™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. Itâ€™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 2015Â 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 aboutÂ 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
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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 4Â Â Â Portland OR: The Historic Old Church
Thu June 5Â Â Â Lincoln City OR: Lincoln City Cultural Center
Sat June 7Â Â Â Seattle WA: WORKSHOP: NOT for Guitarists Only: Improvisation as Spontaneous Composition, Â Dusty Strings Music Store & Â School
Sat June 7Â Â Â Marysville WA: Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Thu June 12Â Â Enterprise OR: Wallowa Valley Music Alliance Courthouse Concert Series
Fri June 13Â Â Â Sandpoint ID: Pend dâ€™Oreille Winery
Sat June 14Â Â Worley ID (near Coeur dâ€™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 scheduleÂ is a pair of workshops at Dusty Strings in Seattle. Then I come home,Â unpack, do some laundry and head offÂ for an East Coast tour. Â 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.
Iâ€™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 Blogâ€”so many good stories! Photos and video coming soon.
After a little time to get re-acclimated to the Front Range Iâ€™m back to work on filling the calendar with shows and workshops. Iâ€™m way overdue to revisit the West Coast and Northwestâ€”any ideas or offers to host a concert are welcome. Iâ€™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. Iâ€™ll keep you posted here on the website.
Documentary â€œSeeking Wellnessâ€ premieres Monday September 23 in Longmont COâ€”featuring Michaelâ€™s Music
â€œSeeking Wellnessâ€, 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.Â I will be at the premiere, as will those featured in the film. More details to come.
â€œâ€¦a sublime and uniquely crafted sonic landscapeâ€¦DeLalla creates a sonic vibrancy on this CD that is rich, remarkable and revelatory.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â©James Filkins/min7th.com
Click here and scroll down for the complete review.
â€œThe musicianship on this album is excellentâ€¦[DeLalla] has blended different styles from around the world to create a great artistic atmosphereâ€¦â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Greg Bennett/Victory Music
Click here for the complete review.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
AutumnÂ finds guitarist/composer Michael DeLalla back in Colorado afterÂ a summer tourÂ in the mid-Atlantic. Performances wereÂ 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.Â Check theÂ Events sidebar for updates and more details.
Info: Dan & Diane’s Concerts