Louis Anthony deLise, D.M.A.
“When I was a young drummer performing in Philadelphia, I was a nonsmoker, and yet, I remember how my clothes stank from cigarette smoke and how that putrid odor lingered in my hair and on my instruments. Forty years later, I’m surprised to learn Pennsylvania still allows smoking in clubs, bars, and casinos. Musicians who work at these places are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke. This really needs to stop! Musicians and others employed in the hospitality industry deserve safer working conditions. That’s why I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Smokefree Music Cities.”
The career of composer Louis Anthony deLise has included assignments working as an orchestral and studio musician (in orchestras that accompanied Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Lou Rawls, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Luciano Pavarotti, and many others), while simultaneously producing, arranging and conducting orchestras on recordings released on the CBS, EMI, Mercury, Centaur, Vanguard, and Def-Soul record labels.
Louis was arranger and conductor on Grammy-winner Patti LaBelle’s number one hit album, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. Along the way, deLise has maintained an active career as a composer of concert music, most of which is published in print by Metropolis Music Publishers (Antwerp, Belgium) and ALRY Publications (Seattle, Washington).In 2019, his Salone del Astor, a concerto written for flutist, Joan Sparks, was named, “Best Newly Published Mix Duet” by the National Flute Association.
His most recent record release is Natural Light, an album of ambient instrumental compositions played by the composer and his ensemble. Natural Light was recently in the top 10 on the ZMR Top 100 “New Age Radio Play” chart.
Dr. deLise was formerly Adjunct Professor of Theory and Composition at the Boyer College of Music and Dance and at Rowan University. He is the author of The Professional Songwriter, a new textbook on songwriting, and president of Bocage Music Publishing, LLC.