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VillageFest Palm Springs & Art Alliance of Idyllwild

The Mona Lisa & The Chapman Stick

The Mona Lisa & The Chapman Stick

Happy to announce that I’ve been accepted on an ongoing basis as an entertainer at the weekly Palm Springs VillageFest event! Going strong after 20 years, VillageFest is probably Southern California’s longest running weekly street fair. See my calendar for the nights I’ll be performing.

I am also pleased to announce I’ve been accepted as a patron member of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. You can view my profile on their website.

I’m a big fan of art in general so I couldn’t help posting the photo to prove it. 🙂

12th Annual Indian Wells Art Festival

I had a wonderful time performing at the 12th annual Indian Wells Art Festival from April 4-6th! I met some amazing artists and great people who said they appreciated my music on The Stick. Many thanks! Happy to announce that I will be returning next year from April 3- 5, 2015!

Desert Sun photo 2/23/14

This past weekend I played at Artwalk and this photo appeared the next day in the Sunday edition of The Desert Sun. Many thanks to Michael Snyder, staff photographer of The Desert Sun for stopping by and capturing this great shot.

Meeting Herbie Hancock in Phoenix: May 1993

Here’s a shot from my photo archives that always brings a smile to my face. I accompanied Phoenix jazz singer Sherry Robertson on The Stick at the wedding of Maria & Luis on May 24, 1993. I did not know that Herbie Hancock would be the Honorary Father of the Bride. You can imagine my surprise when Herbie walked into the room! He has an enormous persona that just fills the hall and I noticed he couldn’t stop smiling. Herbie sat in the front row and really focused on our music. After the wedding, Herbie shook my hand and said “You’re awesome on that Stick”  I didn’t wash my hand for days hoping I could absorb his ‘vibes’ by osmosis. I asked him to autograph the back of my 12 string Grand Stick #977 and he kindly obliged.

Thank you Palm Springs…

… for inviting me to the Desert Arts Festival on Jan. 18th & 19th. I enjoyed meeting some great artists and I especially enjoyed the incredibly beautiful weather! Happy to report I’ve been asked back next month for 4 more days during the President’s Day weekend from Friday Feb. 14th through Monday Feb. 17th. Hope you’ll stop by to hear some great music. If you come of Friday, be sure to bring your sweetheart because it will be Valentine’s Day. Until then, aloha!

New TV show posted on YouTube

There is a fully produced half-hour video of a performance I did that has been posted to YouTube. On the program, I perform 4 originals and 6 covers. The show was taped in Carson City, Nevada during Sept. 2013. I’m told it was in rotation there on a regular basis. I’m pleased with the performance- hope you will be, too. Aloha!

Click here to watch >>>  Nevada Trails featuring Michael Kollwitz

PROGRAM LIST:

1. Huelo Morning

2. I Saw Her Standing There

3. Maui Songbird

4. Sleepwalk

5. Little Miss Laptop

6. If I Fell

7. Waterfallin’

8. If I Needed Someone

9. Theme from M*A*S*H*

10. When I’m Sixty Four

*Special thanks to Michael J. Smith & Keith Barnett for all their help in producing this great episode.

New album available: music for Relaxation & Healing Arts

        

Something new you might enjoy…

This is a new album of songs I specifically created for relaxation, meditation, yoga and the healing arts. All songs were recorded this summer in the Lake Tahoe area. Everything was recorded solo on the new Chapman Stick SG-12 instrument without the use of effects, synthesizers, loops or click tracks. I just sat down whenever the mood hit me and played, without any preconceived ideas or notions. The entire album was completely improvised “in the moment”. I hope you’ll enjoy the moods and feelings conveyed by this music. The album plays for almost an entire hour so it’s perfect for healing arts or just plain relaxing background music that you can play virtually anywhere. The crisp sound of the higher-register Stick Guitar (SG-12) lends itself well to this genre. I hope you like it.

You’ll find it here: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/stikmstr

All the best,

~Michael Kollwitz

P.S. This album is for digital download only. There are no physical CDs available.

NOW AVAILABLE: Chapman Stick Meets The Beatles- Vol. 2

 

I’ve just completed my 17th independent release “The Chapman Stick Meets The Beatles- Volume Two” and it is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase as a digital download on CDBaby,  iTunes and all the usual places to buy digital music.

My first Beatles CD (Volume One) has been one of my most popular CDs since it’s release in May 2011. I still absolutely love The Beatles and there’s no shortage of great Beatles tunes to reinterpret on The Chapman Stick: so why not? On this new Beatles album, I’ve introduced a lot of new sounds and textures using a Stick outfitted with a guitar synthesizer. It’s a whole new sound for The Stick and a new take on 15 more great Beatles tunes. I’m confident you’ll enjoy them. Just click on My Store and ~viola! you’ll be hearing popular Beatles tunes like you’ve never heard them before! Load it on up to your iPhone, iPod or iPad and off ya go on yer merry way mate!

New Videos on YouTube

Recently I have gone through my personal archives and I’ve found videos I shot while still on Maui that were never posted or shared. Two of them feature songs from my latest CD release “Snap Shots”. The original Chapman Stick composition “Little Miss Laptop” was shot in the living room of my Lahaina apartment on the new SG-12 Stick Guitar instrument. The oldie, “Sleepwalk” was shot at the Whalers Village Concert series in Kaanapali and the Maui Photo Collage was put together in 2009 using the original tune “Front Street Stroll” from my CD release “Hawaiian Paradise”. My personal favorite is the heavy metal version of “Blue Hawaii” that was shot in the hills of Launiopoco with the island of Lanai in the background. I got so tired of playing the Elvis version of this old movie tune that I had to do something to retain my sanity. I also used the SG-12 Stick Guitar instrument in this video. To see any of these videos go to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below (or copying and pasting into your Internet browser):

http://www.youtube.com/stikmstr

In other musical news, I’ve just completed my latest release “The Chapman Stick Meets The Beatles- Volume Two” and it should appear on CDBaby and iTunes in the next week for purchase as a digital download. My first Beatles CD (Volume One) has been one of my most popular CDs ever since it’s release in May 2011. I still love The Beatles and there’s no shortage of great Beatles tunes to reinterpret on The Chapman Stick: so why not? On this new Beatles album, I’ve introduced a lot of new sounds and textures using a Stick outfitted with a guitar synthesizer. It’s a whole new sound for The Stick and a new take on 15 more great Beatles tunes. I think you’ll enjoy them!