Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick | Suntan Lady

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Suntan Lady

by Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick

What a day for a daydream as you're watching the whales from an ocean pool with the Suntan Lady. The relaxing, instrumental music of The Chapman Stick will make you feel happy go lucky as you stroll down a white sandy beach...
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Suntan Lady
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3:59 $0.99
2. Ocean Pool
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3. Aloha Oe
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3:26 $0.99
4. Happy Go Lucky
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3:05 $0.99
5. Watching the Whales
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4:07 $0.99
6. Puamana (Sea Breeze)
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7. Flor de Luna
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8. Daydream
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9. White Sandy Beach
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4:02 $0.99
10. The Sailing Song
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3:07 $0.99
11. All My Loving
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12. Hawaiian War Chant
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13. Lahaina Lullaby
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Album Notes
Everything you hear on this CD (except steel guitar, ukulele or percussion) was recorded using Chapman Grand Stick and the new, smaller SG12 Stick Guitar. Both instruments have 12 strings (6 melody and 6 bass) and are equipped with MIDI pickups, which allows me to create all of the additional string and keyboard sounds heard on this recording. Tracks 4, 7, 11 & 13 feature the new SG-12 Stick. Hope you enjoy it. Aloha nui loa!

Other musicians featured in this recording:

Don McClellan- Hawaiian steel guitar on tracks 1, 5, & 6
Mika Villaren- ukulele on tracks 3 & 12
Kris Thomas- percussion on track 7

BACKGROUND OF The Chapman Stick:
Over the years, Emmett has introduced many different models of The Stick:
The original 10 string Stick in 1974, the 12 string Grand Stick in 1991, the 10 string Alto Stick in 2004 and the Stick Guitar 12 ("SG12") in 2009. Both the Alto and SG12 Sticks are about 10 inches shorter than Chapman’s other models and the notes are in a much higher register. For more info on Emmett, his amazing stringed instruments and two handed tapping technique, please visit: www.Stick.com

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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Anthony Costanza

Kollwitz fan!
I met Mr. Kollwitz in Whalers Village in Maui. When he first opened up there were not too many people out and about, but as the evening moved on, the people were drawn to the amazing tones of this instrument and Michael had a great crowd! It was a beautiful evening, and the music was great! Very chill, relaxed, guitarish tone but with more strings! Amazing! I bought Suntan Lady from Michael, he signed the album for me! Best album I've bought in awhile, it also has a secret track if I remember correctly.. Cheers from San Jose, CA!

Red and Jo Ann Rowan

God has given you such a talent
From Rowans in east Tennessee who loved meeting you and your sweet wife under the Banyan tree in '09.  Fell in love with your music!  Our daughter and husband are there often, in fact will be next week ,(they hope to see you the 3rd--they are from Anchorage)  with instructions to get the Rainbow CD for us.  Can hardly wait.  We enjoy everything you play.  Can't get enough of it!! God has given you such a talent and we are glad to share in that gift you have.

Tom Schlitter

I hear the waves in your music!
Hey, you’re great! I hear the waves in your music. Please tell “Mika” Hi for me and Cia. We are homesick for Maui , it has been a very hot summer. I wanted to play at the “Grill’ with him but we had to depart..weep.

Rev. Keoki Sousa

Amazing music
One day in Lahaina, Maui, I was walking toward the harbor to meet some tourists coming off the cruise ship when I heard what I thought was music coming from a live band. The music was enchanting and soothing, like a real mellow fox trot. Then I came upon a man sitting in the shade of a hau tree near the gate where the passengers exit the ship tenders, and he was playing an instrument I had never seen before. The musician was playing what looked to me like a guitar without the bottom part, and he was simply pressing the strings to make this amazing music.

Some of the passengers strolled by with their usual glazed over eyes looking for the nearest McDonalds, but some of them stopped in their tracks looked around until they saw the musician seemingly gliding his fingers over the keyboard filling the air with mystical music, and then they continued on with Buddha-like smiles on their faces. Mahalo Michael for sharing your gift of aloha.

Michael Kollwitz

Emmett Chapman re: "Suntan Lady"
Hi Mike: Enjoying "Suntan Lady" and am tanning as we speak. Nicely recorded Stick strings and especially the crystalline highs of the new "Stick Guitar" model. Also enjoyed the cultural Island moods, and of course Sean's clear-cut fantasy scape.

Very nice - Stick with surfboards, a steel guitar and the alluring ethnic looking Lady. Another piece of the "American pie" (on a Stick?). I enjoyed your more intimate solo songs too, nice contrast from the more established Hawaiian themes.

Many thanks for the music and inclusion of your new SG12, also for the excellent credits.

Best, Emmett

Wilma Hamilton

Suntan Lady
Love the CD, play it in my car a lot and always think of the Banyan tree and the day we bought it. Keep up the great music.

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!


Soothing sweetness
Michael’s music is the soul of soothing sweetness and light. Beautiful lyricism, and very personal and happy, as if singing you a lullaby.