Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick | Waterfallin'

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Michael Hedges Stanley Jordan Victor Wooten

Album Links
Michael Kollwitz- solo Chapman Stick- Official Website Electronic Press Kit My Space page

More Artists From
United States - California

Other Genres You Will Love
Easy Listening: Mood Music New Age: Healing Moods: Type: Instrumental
There are no items in your wishlist.

Waterfallin'

by Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick

1st ever CD to feature the Chapman 10 string Alto Stick in a blend of contemporary, Spanish and classical influences.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Waterfallin'
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:23 $0.99
2. Butterfly
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
3:09 $0.99
3. California Dreamin'
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
3:58 $0.99
4. Parisian Bistro
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
3:24 $0.99
5. Fragile
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:26 $0.99
6. Tradewinds l
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
2:13 $0.99
7. Nights In White Satin
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:07 $0.99
8. Spanish Serenade
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:13 $0.99
9. Sands of the Sahara
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:18 $0.99
10. C'est La Vie
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:36 $0.99
11. Renaissance
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
3:09 $0.99
12. Summertime
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
3:07 $0.99
13. Granada Rose
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
4:02 $0.99
14. Tradewinds ll
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
3:13 $0.99
15. Baby Elephant Walk
Michael Kollwitz & Chapman Stick
Share this song!
X
2:50 $0.99
Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Waterfallin' is the first-ever CD to prominently feature the new Chapman 10 string Alto Stick. Over the years Emmett Chapman (inventor of The Stick) has introduced many different models and improvements of his amazing instruments- the original 10 string Stick in 1974, the 12 string Grand Stick in 1991 and the new Alto Stick in 2004. The Alto is about 10 inches shorter than Emmett's other models and the notes are in a much higher register (guitar & violin range) than the other models. The beautiful, pure tone of the new Alto can be heard on 11 of Waterfallin's 15 tracks. Many of the songs were inspired by a trip to the island of Kaua'i and they will whisk you away to a peaceful place where the warm and balmy tradewinds are blowing...

BIO
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.


Reviews


to write a review

Richard

The colors he creates are warm, vibrant and all encompassing
Michael’s expertise on this instrument is absolutely amazing! The feelings and colors he creates are warm, vibrant and all encompassing. I have all his CDs and in my opinion this is the best one so far. This CD includes some very beautiful and technically interesting original compositions. His fingers seem to fly over the strings at times with this wonderful melodic expression of music. There is also a tasty selection of tunes written by others but interpreted as only Michael can. What can I say but Thank You Michael for your gift of this wonderful album.

Wilma/Alex A.

It's amazing, a must hear album
I purchased this CD for my husband and he absolutley loves it. He has been listening to it non-stop since it arrived. It's a superb album and I am definitley interested in purchasing another album by Michael Kollwitz.

Lisa

Love it, love it, love it!
A wonderfully calming, soothing CD that I use in my third grade classroom. The children love it while they are working and unbeknownst to them I'm hearing some fav. classic rock songs in a new way: California Dreamin' and Nights in White Satin are fantastic!

Markus

Alto nova
Kollwitz's tasty use of the Alto stick parallels the use of the 'Ukulele in island music and the higher register rings true. A unique instrument tastefully utilized throughout the album.

Jim Reilly- StickNews monthly digest

It’s hard to find any faults with this disc...
REVIEW OF WATERFALLIN’ :
Jim Reilly
Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 30, 06
Michael Kollwitz “ Waterfallin’
It used to be, that if you wanted to show someone what a Stick sounded like, all you had to do was put on one of Michael Kollwitz’s CDs. There is no finer example than Michael’s of the left hand-chord, right hand-melody Stick technique. Now, you can play his latest release, Waterfallin’, for anyone who asks what the new Alto Stick sounds like. Waterfallin’ is the first full-length recording to feature the Alto Stick, and it’s fitting that Michael is the first artist to bring the Alto to the fore. You see, he has been there, playing Stick, since just about the beginning. He started in 1976, and was one of Emmett’s first students. His updated Website www.michaelkollwitz.com is like a trip through Stick history. Check out some of the photos in particular.

Those of you familiar with Michael’s previous releases will recognize left hand arpeggios and the clear, clean Grand Stick with MIDI sweeteners on the melody side. That’s present on Waterfallin’ too, but on top of that, Michael has added the crisp, bright Alto. The Alto cuts through the mix and adds any upper register shimmer to eleven of the disc’s fifteen tracks.

The Grand with MIDI and the Alto Stick are perfect compliments to each other. On the first tune, appropriately titled ˜Waterfallin’ a cascade of notes fall from the Alto over a bed of Grand chords, arpeggios and subtle counter melodies. My personal favourite is Michael’s version of Sting’s “Fragile”. Here the range of the Alto seems to match Sting’s tenor seamlessly. Michael also covers, “California Dreamin”, “Nights in White Satin” “C’est La Vie” “Summertime” and “Baby Elephant Walk”. The other nine tunes are originals. All stay true to his sonic formula: lay down a solid foundation, then sweeten it with a strong melody on top.

It’s hard to find any faults with this disc. I’ve written before, how Michael’s music is a wonderful to just put on, sit back and relax too. My favourite thing to do with his music is to put on headphones and use it as live soundtrack while I go walking. He always manages to stimulate and sooth simultaneously.

Waterfallin’ is an important addition to any Stick library. Not only because it marks the introduction of the Alto Stick, but also because it makes a fine musical statement that rises above both the Grand and Alto instruments.

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!