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Michel Delville

Michel Delville is a musician, writer and lecturer born in Liège, Belgium.

His recent musical projects - most of which are signed to New York-based label MoonJune Records - include The Wrong Object, Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman, douBt, Comicoperando, Trank Zappa Grappa in Varese and 48Cameras. He has played and recorded with Elton Dean, Dave Liebman, Annie Whitehead, Harry Beckett, Chris Cutler, Robin Verheyen, Richard Sinclair, Ed Mann, Tony Bianco, Alex Maguire, Dagmar Krause, Benoît Moerlen, Karen Mantler, Geoff Leigh, Robin Rimbaud, John Edwards, Stanley Zappa, Gilad Atzmon, and many others jazz & rock luminaries.

The last few years have been a productive period, with recording and touring taking Delville to many different countries, including Japan, the United States, Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Wales, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Greece. Delville is regularly featured in Downbeat, Guitar Player, Jazzwise, All About Jazz, Jazzitalia, Musica Jazz and other high profile international magazines. In 2018 he was voted one of the 3 best electric guitarists of the year by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Annual Jazz Station Poll.

Delville teaches literature and comparative literature at the University of Liège. He is the author or editor of some thirty books and more than two hundred articles pertaining to comparative poetics and interdisciplinary studies. His awards and distinctions include the SAMLA Book Award, the Choice Outstanding Book Award, the Wernaers Prize for the promotion of research and the diffusion of scientific knowledge and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Alumni Award.

Awards

In 2018 he was voted one of the 3 best electric guitarists of the year by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Annual Jazz Station Poll, which also voted douBt 3rd best Instrumental Group in 2010.

Gear

Ibanez Roadstar II Series Brunetti Overtone 2 Roland GR09 guitar synth Seymour Duncan pick-ups Line6 Echo Park Dunlop Cry Baby etc.


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Guitarist Michel Delville is quite stunning whether soloing or filling out the spaces between. Suppose you've a friend, who thinks jazz-rock an aberration and fusion noodling its inevitable nadir. Here's what you do. Strap them to a chair, put this on at full volume and leave them a few hours. If by then they still don't get it, find another friend. —Duncan Heining, Jazzwise

Irrepressible guitarist Michel Delville is at home in virtually any musical context. In a scene crowded with hotshot guitar heroes, he has an immediately identifiable sound and the maturity and pacing of his solos truly stands out. —Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

INTO THE HERD

MoonJune Records / Off
2019

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Plays Hendrix

MoonJune Records
2017

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INTI

MoonJune Records
2014

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After the Exhibition

MoonJune Records
2013

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