More On Old Sac

After months of getting nowhere (the royal run-around!) with Old Sacramento Mgmt, just last week they suddenly decided to step away from the issue and turn my plight over to the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation. Fortunately, HOSF seems more reasonable and easier to work with. They have reviewed the many letters you sent and seem to be much more amicable about the whole situation.They will meet with the Old Sacramento Merchants Association on January 5, 2006 and the status of my permit will be discussed at that time. Hope to have good news after that meeting. Meanwhile, come down to Old Sac on New Year’s Eve- the City has hired me to provide musical entertainment at the annual fireworks celebration (See Performance Calendar above)

Thank You For Your Support!

I am flabbergasted, floored, gratified and humbled by the outpouring of support from all of you that I have received this morning. Late last night, I sent an email to everyone on my email list, asking for your support regarding my performances in the Old Sacramento historical district. Recently I received a letter from Old Sacramento Management that informed me they wish to revoke my Performer permit (that I have held continously since July 2003) at the end of the year because (I’m guessing…) they think I just no longer “fit in” over there. They want a 100% 1850’s Gold Rush look and they are trying to get rid of anything they think is out-of-place. Obviously, The Chapman Stick did not exist in 1850, so that must be – ME!

This morning my inbox was filled with so many letters of support, I can’t count them. I’ve been reading for hours and hours and I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the list and more keep pouring in. I am truly, sincerely and profoundly moved to the bottom of my heart! Some of the letters are so beautiful and eloquent, I was literally moved to tears (of joy!). I really had no idea how much some of you enjoy my music on The Stick and I feel like one of the luckiest people on Earth. I feel so fortunate to have met you and it makes me feel humble to know that my music has enriched your life, in some small way. Please accept my deepest appreciation and gratitude. You are best friends and fans that anyone could ever hope for. I’ll keep up the good fight with “City Hall” (OSM) and I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Again- thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have touched my heart.

Free Gem Faire Passes

I have two (2) free passes to the Gem Faire in Sacramento coming up on August 19, 20 & 21 (Fri/Sat/Sun) and I;ll be happy to mail them to the first two people who email me and request them. One pass is good on Friday only. The other one is good for any of the 3 days. You can find my email address in the “Contact” section and my performance schedule for August can be found in the “Calendar” section {if you want more info on the Gem Faire, you can also visit http://www.gemfaire.com }. See you there!

Moments Review

I received the following review (below) for my CD “Moments” from Voodoo Child magazine (Issue 67) Spring 2005. Voodoo Child is publication devoted to Jimi Hendrix and his music.

Guitarist Emmett Chapman invented The Stick in 1969. The instrument looks like the oversized neck of a 12-string guitar with no body. Looking like a stick, the strings run the entire length of the instrument which the player holds vertically and plays tap-style with both hands. As described by Chapman, “The Stick method enables live execution of complete musical concepts, from the bass on through chords and melody, to the effects. ambients and sweeteners, greatly enlarging the musical scope”. The Stick is played with both hands; simultaneously playing both bass and melody parts independently- by tapping and holding strings to frets (rather than pluck or strum).

Michael Kollwitz is one of the ‘first generation’ of Chapman Stick players. The Sacramento, California native began his studies with the inventor in 1976, and is currently heralded as one of the formost players in the country.

“Sweet, soothing sounds” is how Kollwitz describes his work. By his styling, you can tell he is enjoying what he is doing. Lighthearted, whimsical in his approach, on this release “Moments”, he mixes originals with recognizable material ranging from classical (‘Bolero’) to Broadway (‘My Funny Valentine’); from jazz (John Klemmer’s ‘Just Friends’) and Miles Davis’ ‘Freddie The Freeloader’) to rock (Santana’s ‘Europa’, The Beatle’s ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ and Hendriz’s ‘Little Wing’)

“Little Wing” is a passively playful interpretation, the sustain of The Stick somewhere between a guitar and classical harp sound.

While pleasant, the simple solo work of Kollwitz on The Stick is designed for one who wants some casual, easy listening background-style music.

His music was selected for inclusion in the very first CD compilation of the world’s best Stick players on “Tappistry Vol. 1” {Toe Tappin’ Records} with his discography listing numerous titles including “Carnival”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Memories”, along with his Christmas favorite “Frosty The Stickman” (2004)

“Here Comes Spring” Now Available

I’m happy to announce that my new CD, “Here Comes Spring” is NOW AVAILABLE!

The birds are singing, the sun is shining and here comes Spring! Melt away the stress of the day with 15 new gorgeous tracks of solo Stick. The CD includes songs such as: Hotel California, Spanish Eyes, Black Magic Woman, All Along The Watchtower, Scarborough Fair, And I Love Her, Free Bird, Eleanor Rigby and, also- SIX new originals.

The cover and graphics are absolutely beautiful (and so is the music!). I know you’ll love it! It’s not yet listed elsewhere on this website but if you’d like a copy- no problema. Many thanks to all the people who enjoy and support my music!

Looking forward to seeing you again at a festival or fair this summer.

Here Comes Spring… Soon!

My new CD (#6), “Here Comes Spring”, is officially done. It looks and sounds great. Presently, it’s at the duplication plant being pressed and packaged. I’m planning to release it on May 27th at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. I’ll keep you posted….

Here Comes Spring Mastered!

Yippee! We just finished mastering my new CD and it sounds GREAT! This release should be available in mid to late May and it is tenatively titled “Here Comes Spring”. The new disc has 15 tracks of beautiful solo Stick music that will melt away the stress of your day. Hope you’ll get to hear it when it’s released next month. I’ll keep you posted…

P.S. On the morning of Friday April 15th, I’ll be featured on the morning shows of both Sacramento’s Spanish language TV station, Univision KUVS Channel 19 and (English speaking) Channel 10. It will be early- between 5:00 – 7:00 am. We will be promoting the opening of the Placer County Strawberry Festival, later that same day. If in the Sacramento area, I hope you’ll tune in to one of these stations.

Filling Up Fast

My Spring & Summer festival/fair calendar is filling up fast. Click on Calendar to see some of the events I’ll be performing at in the next few months. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you again this year! Also- this coming Saturday night I’ll be at the Sacramento Brewing Company from 8-11pm. It’s a great place to relax to the sweet soothing sounds of The Chapman Stick. Hope to see you there!

Working On The New CD

Work is coming along nicely on my next CD. It should be available by the end of May 2005. I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Thanks again to all the people who have enjoyed and supported my music.