The music on this recording was born in a divinely inspired meeting of two musicians and an eclectic combination of instruments. We had only just met a few weeks before these recordings were made- at an art fair under the banyan tree. There were no rehearsals or written music to follow; somehow the music just flowed forth, as if the planets were in perfect alignment. We watched and listened to each other. And that was all. It just came out. It was like musical magic and we’re grateful for the fact that this incredible weekend was captured so you may now enjoy it whenever you want a peaceful change of energy- at any time, no matter where you may be. We hope you will enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed making it. Now, come join us under the banyan tree. With warmest island regards from Lance & Michael
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.