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Moments

by Michael Kollwitz

A soft, beautiful CD created entirely solo with The Chapman Stick. No edits or overdubs- a pure and relaxing blend of jazz & blues by one of The Stick's early pioneers. Easy on the ears collection of great covers and originals.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Europa
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2. My Funny Valentine
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3. Law of One
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4. Freddy the Freeloader
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5. When I Give My Love to You
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6. Santa Cruzin'
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7. Little Wing
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8. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
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9. Reflection
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10. Just Friends
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11. Moments
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Moments" is a soft, entrancing solo instrumental journey by one of The Chapman Stick's early musical pioneers. It's been a favorite with massage therapists (and anyone who wants a little mental relaxation) who say it relaxes the soul but doesn't bore you to tears like most synthetically produced "new age" records. The Stick is played with the fingers directly on the strings and allows a master player, like Michael, to produce passionate tones that can soften the hardest of hearts. You can enjoy this music at home, work, in the car or just about anywhere.

P.S.
Ever wanted to REALLY see someone play the absolute heck out of The Chapman Stick? Look no further! Get Michael's new DVD (right here on CDBaby) and experience a 20 song, 80 minute live concert that Michael gave in 2006 before a live audience and three digital cameras. Consider this: 90% of the population has never even heard about this amazing American instrument- let alone having seen a true master perform on it. Now you can have this great experience right on your TV screen anytime! Bass, chords, melodies and leads all at once. Hey-is that popcorn I smell in the microwave?

BIO:
Michael Kollwitz has been performing on 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 world’s top players of this new American instrument.

Michael began playing the revolutionary stringed instrument after witnessing a live performance given by Chapman at a college coffee house in the 70's. In the 80's-after years of practice and study- he began his performance career. Since that time, he has performed extensively throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. He has given over a thousand performances at every type of venue.

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. (You can view 65+ reference letters from happy past clients at: http://www.michaelkollwitz.com/?page_id=156

Michael has also been- and continues to be- featured on numerous TV and radio stations in the Western US and nationwide, including “All Things Considered” on PBS. He’s been featured in many newspapers, magazines and other media. His music was included in the very first CD compilation of ‘Stick’ music and his photo can be found in the first edition ‘Stick’ instruction book, “Free Hands”. In May 2007, CurrentTV purchased the rights to one of his videos for national broadcast. NPR’s popular nationally broadcast show, “Morning Edition”, began featuring tracks from his recent releases in the summer of 2008- delighting listeners in hundreds of markets across the country. His DVD "Live In Concert" is aired frequently by Akaku TV on the island of Maui.

One of the most prolific Chapman Stick musical artists, Kollwitz has had twelve (12) independent releases: 9 audio CDs, a “Live In Concert” DVD (10/06) and 2 digital download albums- one of which was the world’s very first digital download album of Chapman Stick music. They are currently offered on more than 30 different premium digital music sites. "Under The Banyan Tree" (01/09) is his most recent audio CD release. Recorded 'live' under the famous banyan tree in Old Lahaina Town on Maui, it also features master flutist Lance Israel on wooden flutes from around the world. Prior to that, his CD “Hawaiian Paradise” (08/08) was created entirely on Maui with a distinct Hawaiian flair- including four tracks in duo with pedal steel guitar. “Waterfallin’” (05/06) was the first-ever CD to prominently feature the new higher-range Alto Stick® developed by Chapman in 2005. His other releases are: “Steppin’ Out” (01/00), “Moments” (03/03), “Carnival” (12/03), “Memories” (05/04), “Frosty The Stickman” (12/04) and “Here Comes Spring” (05/05). His digital download albums are “20 Greatest Hits” (10/06) and “Greatest Hits- Vol.2" (02/08).

Although he has an extensive repertoire, his music has been described as a relaxing blend of jazz and blues with a Hawaiian flair. The Stick has a very unique, pleasant tone that tends to relax listeners almost immediately. The sweet, soothing tones of the instrument are said to simply melt away the stress of the day. He resides in Lahaina on the island of Maui and performs at some of Maui’s most prestigious events and resorts.

* The Chapman Stick® is easily the most radical innovation in stringed instruments since the invention of the electric guitar. The Stick is played with both hands; simultaneously playing BOTH bass and melody parts independently- by tapping and holding strings to frets (rather than by plucking, picking or strumming). The essence of guitar, bass, keyboards and drums- all from a single instrument! In the hands of a seasoned, master player, The Chapman Stick can sound like 2 or 3 musicians at once.

For more info on Michael and The Chapman Stick, please visit:

http://www.SonicBids.com/MichaelKollwitzTheChapmanStick
http://www.MySpace.com/MichaelKollwitz


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Voodoo Child magazine (Issue 67) Spring 2005

Lighthearted, whimsical in his approach, on this release "Moments"
Guitarist Emmett Chapman invented The Stick in 1969. The instrument looks like the oversized neck of a 12-string guitar with no body. Looking like a stick, the strings run the entire length of the instrument which the player holds vertically and plays tap-style with both hands. As described by Chapman, "The Stick method enables live execution of complete musical concepts, from the bass on through chords and melody, to the effects. ambients and sweeteners, greatly enlarging the musical scope". The Stick is played with both hands; simultaneously playing both bass and melody parts independently- by tapping and holding strings to frets (rather than pluck or strum).

Michael Kollwitz is one of the 'first generation' of Chapman Stick players. The Sacramento, California native began his studies with the inventor in 1976, and is currently heralded as one of the formost players in the country.

"Sweet, soothing sounds" is how Kollwitz describes his work. By his styling, you can tell he is enjoying what he is doing. Lighthearted, whimsical in his approach, on this release "Moments", he mixes originals with recognizable material ranging from classical ('Bolero') to Broadway ('My Funny Valentine'); from jazz (John Klemmer's 'Just Friends') and Miles Davis' 'Freddie The Freeloader') to rock (Santana's 'Europa', The Beatle's 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' and Hendrix's 'Little Wing')

"Little Wing" is a passively playful interpretation, the sustain of The Stick somewhere between a guitar and classical harp sound.

While pleasant, the simple solo work of Kollwitz on The Stick is designed for one who wants some casual, easy listening background-style music.

His music was selected for inclusion in the very first CD compilation of the world's best Stick players on "Tappistry Vol. 1" {Toe Tappin' Records} with his discography listing numerous titles including "Carnival", "Steppin' Out", "Memories", along with his Christmas favorite "Frosty The Stickman" (2004)

Susan DeGeorge

Thank you for taking my heart to a happy place any time I need. :)
Your CD remains a favorite ever since I bought it on the spot, while listening to you play--literally years ago, I think in an Elk Grove coffee house. You exude such joy, and all I have to do is tune to you while I'm painting, and the world just goes away. It's a wonderful thing that you do, and I want you to know that is is greatly appreciated. I am off to see if I can find a tour list for you. Oh, and I have the CD that begins with Europa. Beautiful! Thank you for taking my heart to a happy place any time I need. :) Warmest regards, Suz

doc mongoose

Hey Kollwitz.......stick it baby ,stick it.......and that he will........
Nice mellow sound great for daydreaming.Doesn't ask alot from you except to enjoy.When you want to be alone to relax and muse,well this is the stuff.Light and some times hot jazzed tunes.When you tell this guy to stick it, he whips out his chapman stick and gets down.All should really appreciate this man and his unique instrument.

Brent

nice and smooth
nice smooth music, with a good mixture of different tempos. No percussion or other instruments, just the chapman stick. If you like music to play in the background or just to create a calm mood, you may like this one.

Jeffrey Leep

An Abosolutely Outstanding Musician
This review is for Michael K as a musician, rather than for a specific album. I am a musician/bandleaer/booking agent myself, and I have known and played with Michael for over 15 years. He is a wonderful talent who plays with an open heart. You can feel his presence when listening to his music, and now that he is living in Hawaii, the beauty and heart come out even more. His musicianship is first class, and when listening to any of his tracks, you know that you are in the presence of someone very special. I highly recommend any of his albums or live performances, and that he plays the Chapman Stick is even more amazing!

Robert Pedersen

Both hemispheres in synchrony
As a neurologist I can appreciate the awesome musical abilities of anyone who can use both cerebral hemispheres simultaneously to produce music which sounds like several guitars playing independently. May we clone your brain???