Elegant like a harp, portable like a guitar with the capabilities of piano. Try to imagine a unique new musical instrument that combines guitar, bass, keyboards and drums all at the same time. It's called the Chapman Stick and I am one of the instrument's earliest pioneers. A fan once said my music sounds like "trade winds softly caressing palm trees on a moonlit night". I can provide the perfect instrumental music for any occasion where tasteful music is appreciated. Full sounding solo musician without the space requirements, volume or cost of an entire band. Over the years 100s of clients have hired me to add something special to their events. Allow me to do the same for you...
Price Range: $300 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
Professional Chapman Stick® soloist, 38 years experience, provides unique instrumental music for all occasions on the most amazing instrument you've never heard of.
In the right hands. the Chapman Stick sounds like 2-3 musicians.
Available for Weddings & Receptions, Corporate Events, Art & Wine Events, Festivals & Concerts, Cocktail & Dinner Parties, Galleries, Banquets, Memorial Celebrations, Anniversaries, Business Functions, Luncheons or ANY event that would be enhanced by tasteful live music. References available. Reasonable rates.
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 one of the most prolific Chapman Stick recording artists to date.
Additional Booking Notes
Completely self-contained, I normally use battery-powered amplifier(s). No need for a/c power or cords to trip on. I can literally play anywhere. Use your imagination. Just ask and I'll tell you some of the unusual places I've played for corporate events and weddings.
I know about 1000 songs and played a 4 hour job today without a single repeat. I custom tailor the type of songs and genre to each audience for best results. Sample set list upon request.
Influences & Inspiration
Carlos Santana, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Chet Atkins, Jake Shimabukuro
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