Michael Kollwitz- solo Chapman Grand & Alto Stick | DVD- Live In Concert

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DVD- Live In Concert

by Michael Kollwitz- solo Chapman Grand & Alto Stick

The Chapman Stick is an amazing instrument that can sound like many instruments at once. See and hear for yourself on this DVD of a live concert given by 30 year Stick veteran, Michael Kollwitz
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Waterfallin'
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2. Yesterday
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3. Little Wing
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4. Summertime
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5. Moments
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6. Espanola'
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7. Europa
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8. Memories
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9. Greensleeves, Scarborough Fair & Nights In White Satin
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10. Parisian Bistro
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11. California Dreamin'
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12. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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13. Tradewinds
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14. Steppin' Out
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15. Black Orpheus
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16. Here Comes Spring
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17. Summer Evening
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18. Severe Tire Damage
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19. Samba Pa Ti
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20. Happy Trails
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ever wanted to see someone play the absolute heck out of The Chapman Stick? This DVD captured a 20 song, 80 minute live concert that Michael gave 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 master performance. Now you can have this great experience right on at home! Bass, chords, melodies and leads all at once. Hey- is that popcorn I in the microwave?

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.


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Greg Howard

Featured performer on Stick Enterprises homepage
Sacramento-based Michael Kollwitz (A.K.A. Michael K), is one of the most experienced and most active Stick players in the world today. This year alone he has played over 100 concerts and released a new CD, a new live concert DVD and a downloadable "greatest hits." collection.

With a performing career that extends back to the early 1980's, Michael has been there practically since the beginning of the Stick phenomenon, picking up his first instrument in 1976 after seeing Emmett demonstrating it at a local college.

Thirty years, hundreds of performances and ten releases later, he's developed his own distinctive style that's bright and engaging, winning over audiences with his affable stage presence, lyrical melodies and fiery solos. His repertoire draws from all directions, jazz, Latin, pop, classical and rock and roll. From his base in Sacramento, Michael frequently travels to art fairs, festivals and even airports, turning on thousands of new listeners to his own unique brand of Stick music.

Michael's most recent release is his Live in Concert DVD. Recorded last summer in Sacramento, California, this 80-minute disc highlights what an accomplished soloist and entertaining performer Michael has become. For twenty tracks (and five costume changes) he alternately wows the crowd with driving upbeat grooves and then chills them down with soulful ballads. The list of tracks includes several originals, plus jazz standards like "Summertime", and "Black Orpheus," and rock classics like "Little Wing," "Nights in White Satin" and "California Dreamin'".

This DVD and his latest CD, Waterfallin' both feature the new Alto Stick, making Michael one of the first players to fully integrate its sweet high sound into his music. It's a natural progression for an artist that's always been willing to explore what's new in the Stick world and integrate it into his own art.

Waterfallin', Michael's 7th CD, was released last April. His tasteful arrangements feature layered Grand Stick and MIDI synth beds with beautiful Alto melodies laid over the top on most of the tracks.

You can read Jim Reilly's review of Waterfallin' from a recent Sticknews digest here: Sticknews #288.

Michael is a busy performer. Check out his upcoming performance schedule here.
For more information about Michael Kollwitz's music, see his website: www.michaelkollwitz.com

Susan C. Mills


It is such a kick to actually see him play -- a true master on the stick. I have shown this video to many people who never have seen a Chapman stick, much less heard it played -- to a person, they can not believe tha amount of sound twelve strings (played by a master) can make! This DVD is worth it just to see Michael's costume changes.