Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick | Hawaiian Paradise

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Hawaiian Paradise

by Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick

The Chapman Stick goes Hawaiian with ukulele & steel guitar!
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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1. Blue Hawaii Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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3. Maui Songbird Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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4. Lahaina Luna Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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5. Hookipa Point Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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6. Surfer Girl Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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7. Huelo Morning Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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8. Front Street Stroll Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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9. House of the Rising Sun Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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10. Moon River Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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11. Puamana Sunset Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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12. Sugar Cane Train Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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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Kenneth Wilson

Wonderful mix of relaxing music
I picked up a signed copy of the Hawaiian Paradise album while in Lahaina. Michael and his wife had a display booth set up at the Banyan Tree and the music being generated by Michael and his Chapman Stick really got my attention. The Hawaiian Paradise album has a wonderful mix of relaxing music that is perfect for unwinding after a busy day at work. I’ve also put the entire album on my iPhone.

George Manders

Hawaiian Paradise
It was a distinct pleasure to meet Michael on Maui and get a copy of "Hawaiian Paradise" from the artist himself! It is a beautiful collection of songs recorded in amazing fidelity that capture the beauty of Maui, the laid back bustle of Lahaina and everythng wonderful about Hawaii.

Ed Dilley


Aloha my friend.

I just wanted you to know I LOVE YOUR MUSIC. I have been playing it a lot as I work on project around here....it makes me feel good.

All the best to you.

Edward

Ebie & Rich Wood

Reminds us of a wonderful vacation
Hi - We play your cd all the time. Reminds us of a wonderful vacation. Hope to make it back someday. All best - Ebie & Rich Wood

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!

Evan Scott Gross

Michael Kollwitz
Michael and his music sink into your soul....that's why I hired him to play at my son's wedding in January! Absolutely magical!!!! I haven't come down from that cloud since!!!!
Thank Michael!!!!

Al S

A Bit of Paradise
Need to rest your mind and escape for a couple minutes? Put on any Michael Kollwitz song (my favorite "Puamana or Maui Sunset"), close your eyes, listen to the music and the next thing you know you are sitting on a beach on Maui soaking up rays. Works everytime! After a couple of minutes you are refreshed and ready for anything, even the coldest of nights in the North East.

Sally Muir

Hawaiian Paradise
The album lets me recall my August, 2009 visit to Maui. The mood is so reflective of the paradise created in Maue! I play it often in Houston.

Marlene Foster

Hawaiian Paradise reminds us of beautiful Maui.
Love your music. We have Hawaiian Paradise and it reminds us of beautiful Maui. We’ll be visiting there in October and hope to see you under the Banyon Tree. Why don’t you do a jazz or blues CD? We’ve heard a little jazz from you and absolutely love your style.

Kenneth Wilson

Wonderful mix of relaxing music
I picked up a signed copy of the Hawaiian Paradise album while in Lahaina. Michael and his wife had a display booth set up at the Banyan Tree and the music being generated by Michael and his Chapman Stick really got my attention. The Hawaiian Paradise album has a wonderful mix of relaxing music that is perfect for unwinding after a busy day at work. I’ve also put the entire album on my iPhone.
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