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Review of “SERENITY- Peaceful Music On The Chapman Stick”

Just received a great review of the new album “SERENITY- Peaceful Music On The Chapman Stick“. It was written by Dick Metcalf of Contemporary Fusion Reviews and he has some very nice things to say about my music! You’ll find the complete review here:

“As you absorb songs of pure beauty like ‘Greatest Possible Gift‘, you will hear why I’m so enchanted by his work… this album will be playing for days, months & years to come – & it certainly will get a permanent spot on my iPhone!” – Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

It really helps to know that this new musical direction is being welcomed by listeners. There is just so much noise in the world today that I think that everyone needs a little more serenity so this was my way of helping to create some.

I hope you’ll enjoy the new music!

New album: “SERENITY – Peaceful Music On The Chapman Stick”

I am very happy to announce the release of my new album

SERENITY – Peaceful Music On The Chapman Stick“.

It is available in both physical or digital versions at:

I’ve been going in a completely new direction with my music the last few albums and I find myself craving more simple, peaceful, relaxing music that slows things down in a good way. Listening to music like this makes it easier to think clearly and helps make more time for the things that are worth making time for! At least that has been my personal experience.

Listen to the clips yourself and let me know if there’s any magic in this new music. If you like it, please order the CD or the digital download and tell me what you think.  I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy this one hour respite from the noise of the world and want to keep returning to it time after time.  ☺

“Secret Mountain” Now Available!

Chapman Stick Soloist Michael Kollwitz’s new album “Secret Mountain” is now available at

Available both as a physical CD and as a digital download, “Secret Mountain” contains 16 tracks of Chapman Stick instrumentals including 9 new originals and 7 cover songs. The album was recorded using both 12 string Grand Stick and 12 string Stick Guitar (SG12) and has a playing time of just under 60 minutes.

Although still relatively little-known, The Chapman Stick may well be one of the most versatile and expressive musical instruments ever devised. Using a two-handed pianistic technique (rather than plucking or strumming) The Chapman Stick allows a musician to play simultaneous multi-part arrangements with both hands at the same time. In addition, the lush sounds provided by a guitar synthesizer can be added in real-time creating full, rich music that sounds unlike any other instrument.

Kollwitz was one of inventor Emmett Chapman’s first students and has focused exclusively on this amazing instrument for over 40 years and is considered one of the instrument’s virtuoso performers. Kollwitz is also one of The Chapman Stick’s most prolific recording artists and the new album “Secret Mountain” is his 20th release.



Soundtrack for “The Ballad of the Bees” Audiobook

I recently composed some of the music for a children’s audiobook by Sedona children’s author, Timothy Stuetz. It is titled “The Ballad of the Bees” and is available in two versions- book only or book AND audio book (that’s the version with my music on it). For the music I created, I used a SG-12 Chapman Stick with guitar synthesizer so I was able to provide all manner of different feelings, tones and timbres. Combined with character voices and even an orchestra, it sounds great and I think kids of all ages will love it! I’m proud to have been a part of the project!

The Ballad of the Bees by Timothy Stuetz – Available now at Healthy Kids and Happy Families