For years family and friends kept suggesting I make a Christmas CD but I thought the songs were too corny so I resisted the idea. Until one day when an old Christmas music book fell out of a closet and literally landed at my feet! I took that as a sign. To my surprise, Christmas songs sounded fantastic on The Chapman Stick and soon I was learning one tune after another. The result is this great Christmas CD with all songs performed completely solo on The Stick: without edits or overdubbing. I'm certain this is one of the world's ONLY Christmas albums performed on The Chapman Stick. Over the last decade, many have told me that they and their families love it every holiday season, year after year. I hope you will too. Ho ho ho!
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.