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Sunday, July 21 2024, 7:30 PM

— a “hybrid” event —

Classical and Steel String Guitars

Greetings from Boulder CO-based guitarist/composer Michael DeLalla. Though I’ve been living in CO these last many years, I was a longtime resident and performing artist in the greater DMV area. I still return every July to teach a 2-week classical guitar workshop, and always try to book a tour or a few concerts around those two weeks. I’m so pleased to be returning to Emerson Avenue Salons.

I hope you can join me and the wonderful hosts of Emerson Avenue Salons, Bill and Jackie, for an evening of some of my favorite compositions—and a peek behind the curtain. I call this program “How I Built This.” A longer subtitle would be “Original Compositions and a Glimpse Into How They Came to Be.” Don’t panic—there’s not a quiz at the end of the concert. But I’ve crafted short introductions to each piece to offer some insight into my compositional process, sort of a roadmap through the terrain of a new piece. Who knows—it may be just the inspiration you need to take a musical idea you’ve had and craft it into something special.


“One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world….music of the most exquisite order.” Matt Fink, All Music Guide

Over a long and storied career Michael DeLalla has been serving up a delicious brew of solo guitar compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes gathered worldwide, steeped with his classical training and seasoned with his jazz, Celtic and folk/world stylings. His fluency on classical, 12-string, and steel-string acoustic guitar showcases gifted improvisation and dazzling technical facility that never sacrifices the richness and poignancy of his compositions.

Michael’s family-friendly, multi-cultural concert performance includes his wry, sometimes irreverent observations and stories of the experiences that are behind the pieces. An evening with Michael isn’t just a collection of instrumental and vocal works but also an engaging 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)”.

“…a sublime and uniquely crafted sonic landscape… DeLalla creates a sonic vibrancy on this CD that is rich, remarkable and revelatory.” Minor, about his recording This Is How I Disappear


I’m fond of saying “I was Zooming before Zoom was cool”—I had been doing streaming concerts and private lessons since well before the pandemic. Here’s a link to one I did here in CO:

And a few other videos that might interest you:

JS Bach, Fugue from Violin Sonata 1, arr. for guitar by Michael DeLalla (note, this is actually more of a short film; jump up to 2:17 if you wish to ignore the intro): Bach Fugue in A Minor for Solo Guitar – YouTube

I composed this theme-and-variations-in-reverse as a double homage to Benjamin Britten and Thelonious Monk. Nocturnal Scenes ‘Round About Midnight – YouTube

And a recent work, a jazz waltz dedicated to our cat: “Waltz for Chat-colat”: Waltz for Chat-colat (

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7:30 Sharp! YouTube Performance
8:35-ish Zoom Reception (soon after performance ends)
9:30-ish Dessert and wine


To watch the YouTube broadcast of this performance, click the following link:

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We would like you to join our discussion/Q&A with Michael following the performance. You can join via Zoom — just download and and install the Zoom application and, after the performance (e.g. 8:35PM), click on the following link :

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We are delighted with how many of you have come along with us on our venture into the “virtual” online world (here’s to virtue!)  We hope to continue to host and broadcast Salonlines most Sunday evenings at 7:30.

This performance is obviously free but if you would like to help, please visit the Donations Page.

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We will serve pie, wine and decaf after the performance.

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