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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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12. Bolero
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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 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.

One of the instrument's earliest pioneers and one of Emmett Chapman's first students, Michael is a Chapman Stick virtuoso with 38 years experience. Played with both hands using a pianistic technique on a stringed instrument, the Chapman Stick is unique, versatile and probably the most expressive musical instrument ever devised. The result is music that sounds unlike any other instrument.

Devoted to spreading Knowledge of the Chapman Stick, Michael has performed at over a thousand festivals, fairs & corporate events combined. Carlos Santana said his music is "a gift from the heart". He's been an opening act for The Beach Boys and has introduced many to the new instrument including Mick Fleetwood, Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Steve Morse and others.

His albums and music have spread worldwide and he's shared his talents with well over a million people in the last decade. His music has been featured on national radio, television appearances and a short documentary. His musical style encompasses light jazz, classic rock, latin, Hawaiian and other influences. With a catalog of 19 releases he is the most prolific Chapman Stick recording artist to date.


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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.


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???