Lance Israel & Michael Kollwitz | Under The Banyan Tree - Live from Lahaina, Maui

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Under The Banyan Tree - Live from Lahaina, Maui

by Lance Israel & Michael Kollwitz

Peaceful, meditative music of both The Chapman Stick® and wooden flutes LIVE from Under The Banyan Tree in Lahaina on Maui.
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. Floating
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2. Coming Home
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3. Egypt (Solo Flute)
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4. Conscious Call
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5. Diamonds in the Water
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6. Cry of the Poor (Solo Flute)
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7. Currents
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8. The Long Walk
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9. Inner Light (Solo Flute)
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10. One World
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11. After the Rain
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12. I Love You (Solo Flute)
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13. Under the Banyan Tree
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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

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, was offered full-time work as a musician at Disneyland and 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.

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.


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Phil Hutton

Love the album!
Love the album, the solos are some of the most impressive pieces I’ve heard for some time. So glad I discovered it!

Cathe Petuya

We never get tired of it.
A house concert by our pool sounds like a lovely idea on a Sacramento evening. Would you consider a detour to my classroom as well? I play "Under the Banyan Tree" everyday of the school year. We never get tired of it. My young students would be pretty impressed with a live version!!

Della Nakamoto

Beautiful Music
I have your new CD--Under the Banyan Tree--and I love it! Thank you so much for making beautiful music. -Della

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!

Jeffrey Leep

An Absolutely 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!