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
Chapman Stick® soloist with 40+ years experience, provides unique instrumental music for all occasions on the most amazing instrument you've probably never heard of.
I have performed for hundreds of corporate and private events that have appreciated the beautiful music I coax from this unique instrument and my professionalism in working with different types of clients. You can read what they say here:
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. Many references available. Reasonable rates.
Top Ten Billboard charting New Age artist Michael Kollwitz is a Stickman, but he’s no drummer. He is one of very few musicians who have mastered an unusual stringed instrument called “The Chapman Stick", and for the past 40 years, he has stayed true to his mission to bring The Stick’s unique music to as many people as he can. Back in the 1970’s, Michael was fortunate to cross paths with The Stick’s inventor, Emmett Chapman who was more than willing to take him under his wing as the two embarked on a teacher-student journey that has lasted to this day.
Though Michael’s music career began back in high school as a talented trumpet player, once The Stick was in his hands, he didn’t look back. The Stick’s magic may well lie in the simplicity of its design: it’s part of the guitar family, and indeed, resembles the neck and head of a guitar, but is played more like a piano with two-handed tapping, and has an incredibly versatile range of sounds. The Stick gives players endless possibilities, and Michael has harnessed these with virtuosic effect.
His 22nd album 'Serenity II' is the Billboard Top Ten New Age charting followup album to 'Serenity I' (2017) that reached #8 on Billboard a week after release in April 2018. 'Serenity I' reached #8 on the Zone Music Reporter chart in Sept. 2017 and was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album of 2017 by One World Music Radio in the UK. It also gained placements on the 'Spa' channels of 6 international airlines. Both 'Serenity I & II' continue to receive international airplay and rave reviews from all over the world.
His 23rd album 'Serenity III' has already been recorded and is due for release in Sept/Oct of 2018.
Additional Booking Notes
Completely self-contained, if need be I can use battery-powered amplifiers and I can literally play anywhere. Use your imagination. Clients have hired me to perform in some of the most unusual places! My equipment easily fits into a Jeep so I could conceivably perform just about anywhere in the Sedona area. Of course, I can also perform in any of the normal settings and I can also work with professional sound reinforcement companies for larger events. Just ask and we can probably work out whatever you wish.
I know about 800 songs and played a 4 hour job today without a single repeat. I custom tailor the type of songs and genre to each audience or type of event (i.e. wedding) for best results. Sample set list upon request.
Influences & Inspiration
Carlos Santana, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Chet Atkins, Jake Shimabukuro
Chair and bottle of water.
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