Salonline 2023-07-23 Michael DeLalla “The World on Six Strings”

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Sunday July 23, 2023
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast

– A “hybrid” concert –

Michael DeLalla, guitar

“The World on Six Strings”

Greetings from Boulder CO-based guitarist/composer Michael DeLalla. While living in CO these last many years, I was a longtime resident and performing artist in the greater DMV. 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. The program I will be presenting is called “The World on Six Strings,” comprised of my works drawn on traditions from every corner of the globe.


“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)

Nocturnal Scenes ‘Round About Midnight, Michael DeLalla

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 promotional video that also lists other venues/series that I’ve performed around the country:

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