Michael Kollwitz | Frosty the Stickman

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Frosty the Stickman

by Michael Kollwitz

Christmas songs performed solo on the amazing Chapman Stick. All instrumental- sounds like 2 or 3 musicians. Take a trip through a holiday winter wonderland on The Stick.
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1. Frosty the Snowman
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2. Angels We Have Heard On High
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3. Away in a Manger
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4. Silent Night
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5. Deck the Halls
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6. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
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7. We Three Kings of Orient Are
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8. O Little Town of Bethlehem
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9. Joy to the World
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10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
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11. The Little Drummer Boy
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12. Sleigh Ride
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13. I'll Be Home for Christmas
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14. Jingle Bells
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15. Auld Lang Syne
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Album Notes
For years, Michael's family, friends and fans kept suggesting he make a Christmas CD but, thinking the songs were "too corny" for him, he resisted . That is- until one day when he stumbled onto an old Christmas music book that he started playing around with. To his surprise, Christmas songs sounded fantastic on The Chapman Stick and soon he was learning one after another. The result is this great Christmas CD with all songs performed completely solo on The Stick (without edits or overdubbing). This is one of the world's ONLY Christmas CDs performed on The Stick. You and your family will love it every holiday season, year after year!

Ever wanted to REALLY see someone play the absolute heck out of The Chapman Stick? Look no further! Get Michael's new DVD (right here on CDBaby) and experience a 20 song, 80 minute live concert that Michael gave in 2006 before a live audience and three digital cameras. Consider this: 90% of the population has never even heard about this amazing American instrument- let alone having seen a true master perform on it. Now you can have this great experience right on your TV screen anytime! Bass, chords, melodies and leads all at once. Hey-is that popcorn I smell in the microwave?

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.

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Gordon and SanDee Sinclair

Added much to our Christmas
We enjoyed our visit with you and your wife over the Thanksgiving weekend at Lahaina. So glad we got the Christmas CD which added much to our Christmas. With the holidays over we can new get to know you and the Beatles better.
Thanks to you and your gracious lady.

Ed Maze

The most pleasant relaxing music you can imagine
I am excited to see Michael create this Christmas CD. His music is very pleasing and relaxing to listen too. This Christmas CD will provide excellant background music for your holiday events and dinners. I will be giving a handful of these CDs as gifts this year. I have turned several of my musical friends onto Michael and his Stick and they will truly appreciate a gift such as this for their personal enjoyment.

Ron Noel

Worm, soothing rendition of classic Christmas songs
A great sellection and arangement of classic Christmas songs. The Chapman stick brings about a worm and soothing melody. Beautifully played.

Jim Reilly- StickNews

Here’s what happened when Michael Kollwitz’s new CD "Frosty The Stickman"
arrived at my door. I’m not kidding, this is true. I went to the mailbox,
picked up his disc, the weather outside was gloomy and grey. I did a couple
of chores around the house, put his CD on, looked outside not an hour later
and all was wintry white.

I’m not saying that Michael’s CD brought the snow and the first hit of
winter cheer but I’m not ruling out the possibility either.

Michael has assembled all the usual Christmas suspects on this 15 tune
offering: Frosty, Rudolph, the Little Drummer Boy, the Three Kings of
Orient, as well as classics of the holiday repertoire: Silent Night, Away in
a Manger, Auld Lang Syne and others. All played loud and proud – solo Grand
Stick with MIDI sweeteners on the melody side. The arrangements stay pretty
true to the versions sung around open fires and decorated trees everywhere,
making this disc great for holiday gatherings and a good introduction to The
Stick for those who want to know what the instrument sounds like. Yes, you
can play any kind of music on Stick. I like "Frosty The Stickman" best when
Michael stretches out a bit though and adds some smooth blue notes and chord
substations, like on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

All in all, Michael’s Frosty works great from beginning to end. The holiday
cheer I’m certain he was hoping to get across is there, clear and bright. I
’m looking forward to putting this one on the stereo while I’m opening all
those big boxes with my name on them on Christmas morning. (By the way, if
you’re still searching, I’m a large and I like blue.)

Karen McClure

The music is stupendous! It is the kind of music you can use to relax, to wrap gifts, to do art work or crafts, to provide background music at any kind of Christmas gathering, or to get your good mood back- should you lose it somehow- and it is so peaceful. It is innovative yet remains true to the original song. There is nothing like a new set of of popular Christmas songs on such a fantastic instrument as The Chapman Stick. It is different and beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Carol Swanson

Absolutely unique
Although I have listened to well over 1,000 holiday CDs over the years, I can honestly report that "Frosty The Stickman" is absolutely unique. This is my first (and only!) instrumental Christmas album played on The Chapman Stick...,[which] is a fascinating stringed instrument that is played with both hands by tapping the frets--almost like a blended guitar/piano. When played, it lacks the traditional strumming associated with guitars; instead, the melody floats on a "keyboard" with a bass line beneath. The overall effect is unusual--and pleasing--and this recording gives the impression of several instruments playing together. Artist Michael Kollwitz swears, however, that "[a]ll songs [were] recorded live in-studio to digital format without use of edits or overdubs"--amazing!

"Frosty The Stickman" is a cheery group of 15 holiday gems, all familiar and fun. The tone ranges from the sweetly upbeat ("Frosty The Snowman") to the gently contemplative ("We Three Kings of Orient Are"), and the arrangements are relatively straight-ahead, with a few creative curves adding excitement to the ride. The best tracks include "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," with its jazzy interludes, and a slyly spirited "Sleigh Ride."

This music would provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday social gathering or gift-wrapping fest. If you're looking for a broad range of lovely holiday instrumentals, get on the stick--The Chapman Stick--with Michael Kollwitz.

Che Perez

Rock never sounded so classical
I have heard Mr. Kollwitz perform at various venues throughout Sacramento and he never ceases to amaze me. His mastery of this unique "stick" is incredible. Fine,distinct harmonies unlike anything I've ever heard.