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Michael DeLalla and Bill Mize
Thu, July 6, 2017, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
All ages show (12 and under $5) $12 Advance/$15 at the door
“One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world….music of the most exquisite order.”
Matt Fink, All Music Guide
A Fingerstyle Guitar Journey: A family-friendly, multi-cultural fingerstyle guitar presentation
For almost 30 years, guitarist and composer 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 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 characterizes his concert performance as a “journey” shared with his audience. While the music showcases his particular virtuosity his sometimes-wry, sometimes-poignant stories and observations of the experiences that are behind the pieces result is not just a collection of instrumental works but also 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 on a range of topics, from the guitar-related to his “NOT For Guitarists Only: The Creative Process: at Home, Work and Play” where he guides participants through artistic principles we can employ to create a cohesion and connectedness in all of our daily endeavors.
“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
Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Mize is a son of Tennessee, and a fitting representative of his state’s rich musical heritage. His critically lauded fingerstyle compositions are fluid and intricate, and their delivery masterful. One suspects an influential teacher, and one would be right. “I received most of my musical education from a cheap Zenith radio,” says Mize, who as a child drifted off to sleep to the decidedly non-sleepy lullabyes emanating from Nashville’s WLAC and WSM and Knoxville’s WNOX.
Maybe that’s why critics speak of his ability to “transport” the listener; the music itself has been transported. The links to his Tennessee roots are unmistakable, but so are the elements of the far wider musical realm he inhabits, and the mixture is as intoxicating as Tennessee moonshine. With a twist.
Bill is a past winner of the National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Guitar Player Magazine has labeled this event the “U.S. Open of guitar competitions." Bill received a GRAMMY Award for his collaboration with musician and storyteller David Holt on the recording Stellaluna, and has been featured on the popular guitar compilations "Windham Hill Guitar Sampler" by Windham Hill Records and "Masters of the Acoustic Guitar" by Narada Records. In 2009, Bill’s music appeared in the Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea." Mel Bay Productions transcribed Mize's second CD, "Tender Explorations," into a songbook, and his original compositions have been transcribed for Fingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines.