Born: April 30, 1969 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
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. He was voted one of the 10 best electric guitarists of the year 2010 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 fifteen books and more than a 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:Delville was voted one of the 10 best electric guitarists of the year 2010 by Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Annual Jazz Station Poll, which also voted douBt 3rd best Instrumental Group.
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
Michel Delville remains a guiding force, a highly creative electric guitarist. —Dave Lynch, All Music Guide
Michel Delville, leader and guitarist of The Wrong Object from Liege, Belgium, is writing tunes which emulate Zappa's taste for succinct idiosyncrasy and melodic lilt. In a modern music scene that regularly trundles out all the paraphernalia of intelligence (laptops, bald heads, performers, desk-tops like mad electronic laboratories), this is the real thing. —Ben Watson, HIFINEWS
Like Frisell & Torn, Delville can play all around an idea and look at it from many different angles. —ZNR
Covering Rypdal's 'Over Birkerot' Michel Delville helps the song veer off from being an out-and-out rocker akin to the original and more a search for the heart of 'Birkerot', circa 2010, with multi-layered rhythmic pulses, unwieldy guitar lines with reverb that send the music airborne. —John Ephland, Downbeat
Doubt (Alex Maguire/Michel Delville/Tony Bianco), Never Pet a Burning Dog
The Wrong Object feat Stanley Jason Zappa, Live at Zappanale
The Wrong Object, Stories from the Shed
Alex Maguire Sextet, Brewed in Belgium
TZGIV, More Light
The Wrong Object feat. Harry Beckett and Annie Whitehead, Platform One
Elton Dean & The Wrong Object, The Unbelievable Truth
Machine Mass Trio (Tony Bianco, Michel Delville, Jordi Grognard), A Knot of Dreamers
48Cameras, So like my Father in our Fathers' Absence
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