Listeners 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 learn this fabulous stringed instrument now. Good for work, home, in the car or at your next hot-tub party.
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.