BUCKS COUNTY >> "Salone del Astor," a new concerto for flute by composer Louis Anthony deLise has won the National Flute Association’s “Newly Published Music Competition” for 2019. This win comes as deLise prepares to release his first ambient album as a featured artist.
"Natural Light," a new album of ambient new age and neo-classical compositions by deLise, who grew up in Warrington and graduated from Central Bucks High School, will be released on July 1, 2019.
A prolific and versatile composer, deLise has written for television and radio, arranged and conducted on hit records for Grammy-winner Patti LaBelle, and written concert music for choirs, orchestras, and soloists.
"Natural Light" features solo performances by deLise playing piano and an array of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. Other featured players on "Natural Light" are Grammy-winner, Nancy Rumbel and trumpeter Jeff Oster, whose album "Reach" just won the “Album Of The Year” Award at the ZMR Music Awards.
“Natural Light … draws you in and lets you revel in its marvelously rich layers … Listen to this album with not just your ears but with all your heart," said Grammy Award-winning composer Ricky Kej.
The amazingly diverse career of composer Louis Anthony deLise includes work as arranger and conductor for Patti LaBelle’s Billboard number one album, "The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle;" string arranger and conductor for the rock band, "Halestorm," and producer, arranger and conductor for William DeVaughn’s top 20 Billboard hit, “Figures Can’t Calculate.”
So, what’s next in the varied career of this prolific composer?
“I’ve already begun work on another ambient instrumental album,” says composer deLise.
This, at the same time he is preparing a revision of his textbook on songwriting, "The Contemporary Minstrel," and publishing one new flute and harp duo composition each month of 2019 for “The Miniatures Project,” a joint venture of Bocage Music Publishing, LLC, Alry Publications, and the Flute Pro Shop of Wilmington, Delaware.