Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick | Here Comes Spring

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Here Comes Spring

by Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and here comes Spring. Melt away the stress of the day with the soft, calming instrumental tones of The Chapman Stick.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. Hotel California Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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2. And I Love Her Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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3. Bourbon Street Shuffle Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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4. Spanish Eyes Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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5. Free Bird Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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6. Here Comes Spring Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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7. Majorcan Mist Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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8. Blossoms (improv) Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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9. Eleanor Rigby Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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10. Gettin' Funky Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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11. Scarborough Fair Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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12. Black Magic Woman Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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13. April Showers Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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14. All Along The Watchtower Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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15. Comin' Around The Mountain Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Fans say this is one of the "prettiest" sounding CDs Michael has released. Another beautiful, relaxing collection of solo Stick music by one of the instrument's earliest pioneers. A great variety of classic tunes and new originals, Michael keeps you wondering how all this good music can come from one solitary instrument. Yet still- The Stick remains a mystery to the vast majority of the general population. Just walk into any music or record store and ask for "The Chapman Stick" and they'll look at you like you're from another planet. Get the jump on the rest and hear this fabulous stringed instrument NOW! Good for work, home, in the car or at your next hot-tub party.

P.S.
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?

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, 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.

For more info on Michael and The Chapman Stick, please visit:

http://www.SonicBids.com/MichaelKollwitzTheChapmanStick
http://www.MySpace.com/MichaelKollwitz


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Greg Greening

Michael Kollwitz is an incredible virtuoso!!!
If you haven't heard Kollwitz on the Chapman Stick, you will be amazed at the sonic lushness of the instrument. Of course Mr. Kollwitz' technical chops are jaw dropping, but never at the sacrifice of musicality. Get it!

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!

Jim Reilly

Sit back and relax on the longest day of the year...
CD review by Jim Reilly
The last time a CD from Michael Kollwitz crossed my desk the snow was beginning to fall, the days were short and Christmas was in the air. With that disc, appropriately titled "Frosty The Stickman", Michael kicked off winter very impressively, especially for a guy from Sacramento, California where snowball fights are a rarity. 

His latest offering, "Here Comes Spring" arrived the other day to find flowers in bloom, the sun shining and just a few days left before the summer solstice. And I can't think of a nicer thing to do then to put on this disc, sit back and relax on the longest day of the year. 

If you liked 'Frosty', you'll like "Here Comes Spring". Michael has kept to the same sonic formula: Stick with very subtle effects and a few MIDI sweeteners on the melody side. The arrangements once again are all solo Stick with no overdubs or editing. Once again he pulls it off with the grace and confidence that only comes with years of dedication and hard work. The liner notes state that Michael was one of Emmett's first students, having started playing Stick in 1976. 

The tunes are familiar for the most part. Classic pop and rock tunes like Hotel California, Black Magic Woman and All Along The Watchtower share space with six original compositions and traditional songs like Scarborough Fair and Comin' Around The Mountain - 15 tunes in all. 

I always seem drawn to originals and this disc is no exception. Kollwitz's fiery right hand solos on his tune Bourbon Street Shuffle stand out, but then he follows that up with a solid version of Spanish Eyes, with just enough of a MIDI pad on the melody side to make the song really sing. All the tunes, original and cover alike, share strong melodies and engaging solos. 

So we have winter, now spring. I can't wait to see what summer holds and of course my favourite season, fall. 

Thanks for the music,
 Jim Reilly

Teebag


Spohisticated evevator music --- but I liked it !

Susan C. Mills


Delightfully serene and sweet. Although Michael plays a number of different genres of music, he excels in the meditative, easy listening stuff. If you haven't seen him play, a video is worth the cost -- this is an amazing instrument!

Robert Pedersen

Music to soothe the savage beast
What a soothing CD. Hard to believe that one person is able to blend rhythm and harmony together with such expertise. Need to play this CD in Congress to help the polititians chill out!!!