Michael Delia: Untitled

sound performance and musical instruments
st. Bernard chapel, convent
Plasy Monastery 1992




Michael Delia


Miloš Vojtěchovský


Hermit Foundation


Plasy Monastery

Michael Delia took part in various music performance improvisations together with Paul Panhyusen, Phill Niblock, Jo Truman and Jaroslav Kořán in the St. Bernard Chapel and Ambient. He was invited by Paul Panhyusen to join his long string installation performance where he played  frame drum. Following the long string performance, he and Jo Truman circled the ambient corridors drumming and singing, meeting back in the chapel with the long strings having been removed. There they continued with drum and voice with Jo switching to didgeridoo. 
After given some strings from Paul he constructed a bottle zither using material found in the convent, later playing the zither and mbira in an improvisation together with Jaroslav Kořán in the St. Bernards Chapel.

Michael Delia, 2019

Michael Delia (born 1963, USA) in an artist, musician and instrument builder who lives and works in New Jersey. His work spans a wide range of disciplines and media, encompassing painting, sculpture, installation, sound and music performance. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Moravian College in 1985 and an MFA degree in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts (S.V.A.) in 1987. Delia’a work has been presented in various American and European venues; Experimental Intermedia, The Knitting Factory, Exit Art, Threadwaxing space, Czech Center NY, Galerie Kastrich in Mainz, Germany, CCNOA in Brussels, Belgium, Stighting Logos in Gent, Belgium, Het Apollohuis in Eindhoven, Holland, Hermit symposium in Plasy, Czech Republic, Sound Off exhibition and The Rosenberg Museum in Samorin, Slovakia, Galerie Manes, Galerie Skolska, Respect Festival and Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic, Stazione di Topolo and Arte Sella in Italy and Mamu Galerie in Budapest, Hungary.

He has performed and collaborated with numerous artists/musicians/choreographers: Anna Homler, Jaroslav and Michal Kořán, Rajesh Meta, Martin Janiček, Ondřej Smeykal, Petr Nikl, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Martin Alacam, Hearn Gadbois, Jennifer Helia DeFelice, Angelica Castello, Antonio della Marina, Alessandra Zucchi, Al Margolis, Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya, Sofia Bustorff, Jozef Czeres, Zsolt Sores, Jon Rose, Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi, and choreographers Sally Gross, Gaby Glinz, and Lucienne Vidah.
Michael Delia came for the first Hermit symposium in 1992, attended events in the following years, and continues to collaborate with a number of Czech and international artists.