The Chapman Stick® is a radical new development in the stringed instrument world. Tapped with both hands (more like a piano than a guitar), The Chapman Stick has components of bass, guitar, keyboards and drums. It is capable of simultaneous multi-part arrangements and is possibly the most expressive musical instrument ever devised. Michael Kollwitz was one of the inventor's first students and is one of the instrument's earliest pioneers. Everything you hear on this album was performed exclusively using the new Chapman 12-string Stick Guitar® (SG12™) and all tracks (except track 18) were recorded LIVE under the banyan tree in Old Town Lahaina, Maui. Enjoy!
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.