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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
Guitarist and composer Michael DeLalla's music is a delicious brew of traditional influences and classical, jazz, Celtic, World Music and folk stylings. A trained classical guitarist, he can bring a wide-reaching repertoire to any occasion, drawing on traditions worldwide. Weddings, corporate events and concert series are a specialty. Michael's longstanding reputation is built on his ability to communicate with first the client to establish the precise needs of the performance, then the audience with his solid and professional presentation.
My husband and I booked Michael for our ceremony in Vail CO, and we had a rather unusual request for our processional song...."Fairytale in New York"...but make it wedding friendly. This song is very Celtic and very Christmas, but Michael was able to turn it into a beautiful song that was wedding friendly but still recognizable. It was hands down my favorite part of the ceremony. Michael also played beautifully as guests entered, and was very accommodating of our wacky requests. Working with Michael was easy, fun, and one of my favorite parts of the wedding ceremony!
Response from Guitarist/Composer Michael DeLalla:
Thanks, Erin--that was a lot of fun. Cheers.
Everyone enjoyed it!
Beautiful and classy- your work is polished and inviting- thank you for being part of our wedding day!
My wife asked that we have a guitarist for her Celebration of Life. Michael was not only open to the idea but embraced it. His choices of music were appropriate and outstanding. He made himself available from the beginning to the end even though the time table was fluid. Though the loss of my wife was sad the mood was to be upbeat and a true celebration. He contributed to maintaining the celebration while being attuned to the loss. He played a nonclassical song that my wife asked for during the spreading of her ashes. He stayed with the family and close friends that remained into the evening. He even shared his guitar with a friend who wanted to play and sing a song that she had composed. My short time with him made me realize what a good person he is. I hope to see him again at some of his local performances.
We did a destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains. We flew from Chicago and Mr. DeLalla was more than accommodating, professional, incredibly talented, and just an extraordinary person to work with! He accommodated every musical selection we had, and his network of fellow musicians is impressive! Pianists, violinists, you name it, they just come and jam!
He can do classical, rock, oldies, improv and everything in between. Highly recommend for chic private parties or the most prestigious of events!!
Michael is a gem. Talented and caring, I would recommend him to anybody who needs a musician for any occasion.
Michael played amazing and perfect for the event! He is extremely talented and professional.
Michael did a wonderful job providing music for our private client event at the Westin Westminster.
1. His communication both before and after the event was prompt and clear
2. He was on-time in setting up
3. His playing was WONDERFUL, and included both jazz standards, classical, and newly composed works. His repertoire is broad enough that there is something to suit most any taste.
4. He's pleasant and professional to work with.
5. I was able to give him the AV sound contact for the venue and he worked directly with him to make sure sound setup & settings were perfect.
I highly recommend Michael for your event, public or private!
I recommend Michael to anyone that needs a professional musician to provide music for their event. He did a great job!!!
Michael was terrific to work with! He provided helpful suggestions before our wedding and played beautifully during the event! He helped our wedding day to be the day of our dreams.
I had a brunch at my home with about 50 guests of all generations and musical tastes, and I hired Michael to provide an eclectic mix of music ranging from rock to classical. Michael did an outstanding job, and my guests were highly complementary about both his range and ability, as well as his delightful personality. Two of my guests were themselves guitarists, one a classically trained guitarist, and they were very impressed with his technical skills. I couldn't have been happier with our choice.
What to Expect
For Concerts: "My concerts are a family friendly, multi-cultural fingerstyle guitar presentation. I tend to engage my audiences on a very conversational and participatory level; I characterize one of my performances as a “journey” we take together).
For Weddings and Private Events: I have countless testimonials that speak to the ease with which work with clients. My goal is always your satisfaction, both as we plan the music and my professionalism the day of the event.
For Corporate Events: My specialty is providing a diverse, multi-cultural program.
For Libraries, School and Educational Institutions: I've taught lessons, classes and workshops at every level. Teaching and sharing my musical experiences is a passion.
Music Licensing: As a producer since 1991 I can easily adapt tracks to your needs. All of my original compositions are available for licensing; I can provide you with any format you need.
Michael has been a performing and recording artist for over 30 years. For 20 years he was a member of the guitar faculty at Shenandoah University in Virginia before relocating in the Boulder area. His compositions and arrangements are as vital a part of his reputation as his repertoire for the classical guitar, drawing on traditions worldside. His music has been licensed for film and television, but his passion is live performance. He tours nationally, so no gig is too far off the beaten path. Michael also works with a number of other musicians, guitarists and other instrumentalists/vocalists, if you prefer a duo or trio configuration. The FAZ below will answer most questions, but feel free to contact him if you have even more specialized music needs.
FAQ about Michael DeLalla
“I see you tour nationally—do you even consider small intimate affairs, like a backyard wedding?”
MD: I most certainly do—in fact, I bring the same warm, engaging performance to your event that I do to the concert stage. We just need to coordinate our calendars.
“We're a multi-national corporation that hosts an annual party for our international contingent. What could you do for our event?”
MD: I have spent a professional lifetime exploring musical traditions found all over the world. With my compositions and arrangements for solo guitar (and voice, if you like—I also sing, in a few languages) you could expect to hear evocations of Japanese Koto to Celtic fiddle tunes to a Shona song for mbira to American jazz standards to ancient Breton songs to a homage to the middle-Eastern o'ud.
“Could you bring a group?”
MD: Depending on availability I have a large number of musical colleagues from whom I could put together a duo, trio or more.
"Do you take requests?"
I pride myself on constantly expanding my repertoire--that's often accomplished by the client requesting their special music. I'm happy to accommodate those requests.
"Michael DeLalla's finger-style guitar genius is akin to that of Tony McManus … of a class of what I call the Unholy Triumvirate of the American Acoustic Guitar: David Bromberg, John Fahey, and Leo Kottke…a guitar guru…"
The Greenman Review
Additional Booking Notes
All of my instruments are wired for interfacing with sound systems. For most events I can provide all of the necessary sound; access to electricity within 150 ft is needed. If I need to interface with a sound system, the following information may be useful:
I usually travel with two guitars.
Typically, I need 2 Direct Inputs, 1 vocal mic (if singing).
1 armless chair--standard folding chair is fine.
Upcoming Booked Events
|September 26, 2020 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|May 29, 2020 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|December 06, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|October 29, 2019 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|October 12, 2019 • 12:00pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|September 07, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 07, 2019 • 9:30am - 11:30am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 23, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cultural Event|
|August 20, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event|
|March 23, 2019 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 07, 2018 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 24, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 17, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Holiday Party|
|January 26, 2018 • 5:30pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|January 24, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 27, 2017 • 9:30am - 11:00am||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 15, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|May 22, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 09, 2016||Nonprofit Event|
|February 19, 2016||Fundraiser|
|November 14, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 18, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|September 06, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 01, 2015||Cultural Event|
|June 05, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 31, 2015||House Party|
Includes repertoire for solo classical guitar, steel-string guitar and vocals
Andante - Matteo Carcassi
Jesu Joy of Man's Desire - JS Bach
Prelude from Cello Suite 1 - JS Bach
Joropo - Luis Merlin
Fantasia - Alonso Mudarra
Guardame Las Vacas - Luis de Narvaez
Greensleeves - Traditional Renaissance
Canon in D - Pachalbel
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World - arr by Izzy
Le Marchais du Malaucene - Michael DeLalla
Infinite Loops: See Loops, Infinite - Michael DeLalla
Lauren Grace - Michael DeLalla
Arise - Michael DeLalla
At Water's Edge - Michael DeLalla
Black Orpheus - Luis Bonfa
Round Midnight - Thelonius Monk
Auld Lang Syne - Traditional
Ding!Dong!Merrily On High - Traditional
Christmas Day in the Morning - Traditional
Veni Emmanuel - Traditional
We 3 Kings - Traditional
O Come All Ye Faithful - Traditional
Winter Wonderland - Traditional
Merrily Kissed the Quaker - Traditional Celtic
Shebag and Shemore - Traditional Celtic
My Dearest Dear - Traditional Celtic
Danny Boy - Traditional Celtic
Wedding Song - Paul Stookey
Rocky Mountain High - John Denver
Annie's Song - John Denver
Rings - Leo Kottke
Fisherman's Blues - Waterboys
Because the Night - Patti Smith
Our Song - Joe Henry
You're not Alone - Mavis Staples
I'll Never Give It Up - Richard Thompson
Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson
In My Life - Lennon & McCartney
When I'm 64 - Lennon & McCartney
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Hero - Oliver Mtuzukundi
Linus & Lucy from a Charlie Brown Xmas - Vince Guaraldi
Summertime - George Gershwin
And countless more - by countless others
|Michael DeLalla||Classical guitar, steel-string guitar, vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
Guitarists: Pierre Bensusan, Sharon Isbin, Baden Powell, Andrew York, Ralph Towner, Roland Dyens
Jazz artists: Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Paul Winter
Composers: JS Bach, Benjamin Britten, Thelonius Monk, Hamza el Din,
Traditional music: music from Ireland, Scotland, British Isles; South American styles such as Bossa Nova, Tango, Choro; African traditions from Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Morocco; Koto music from Japan; Native American traditions.
1 armless chair (standard folding chair is fine)
If PA is needed, access to electricity (within 150 ft)
If outdoors, overhead shelter from sun/rain