Michael Kollwitz has been playing The Chapman Stick® since 1976 and was one of inventor Emmett Chapman’s first music students. He studied with Chapman for 10 years and is considered one of the top players of this revolutionary new American stringed instrument.
Michael first met Chapman at a college coffee house in Southern California and he purchased one of Chapman's first instruments shortly thereafter. Since that time, he has given over a thousand performances at every type of venue imaginable throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.
He has been an opening act for The Beach Boys, The Goo Goo Dolls and was offered full-time work as a musician at Disneyland. He has an extensive client list that includes everything from Fortune 500 companies to civic organizations. He's performed at festivals, fairs, upscale resorts, fine dining establishments, weddings and many other venues. Reference letters from happy past clients can be found at: http://michaelkollwitz.com
Michael has also been featured on TV & radio both local and nationwide including “All Things Considered” on PBS. He’s been featured in newspapers, magazines and other media. He was included in the very first CD compilation of Stick music and he can also be found in the first edition of the Stick instruction book “Free Hands”. In May 2007, CurrentTV purchased the rights to one of his videos for national broadcast. NPR’s nationally broadcast show “Morning Edition” began featuring tracks from one of his releases in the summer of 2008 delighting listeners in hundreds of markets across the country. His DVD "Live In Concert" has also been aired frequently by numerous public access stations both in Hawaii and on the mainland.
Undoubtedly one of the most prolific Chapman Stick musical artists, Kollwitz has had eighteen (18) independent releases: 13 audio CDs, a “Live In Concert” DVD and 4 digital albums- one of which was the first digital album of Chapman Stick music available. They are currently offered on more than 30 different premium digital music sites. With an extensive repertoire, his music has been described as a relaxing blend of jazz and blues - sometimes even with a Hawaiian flair. The Stick has a very unique, pleasant tone that tends to relax listeners and the sweet, soothing tones can simply melt away the stress of the day.
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