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Album of The Year?

How exciting! ‘SERENITY’ has qualified for nomination to both Album Of The Year and Best Instrumental Album- Acoustic for the 2017 ZMR Music Awards. My deepest gratitude to everyone who made this possible- especially the radio programmers. And to Emmett Chapman for inventing the coolest musical instrument ever. 😀

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“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.



Now Available: “SNAP SHOTS”

Cover of the new CD “Snap Shots”

I’m happy to announce that I’ve just released a brand new CD titled “Snap Shots”. This is my 16th release of new music created on The Chapman Stick and I think you’re going to really enjoy this one. In the past I’ve released a lot of relaxing music that some of you have even called ‘Heavy Mellow’. This time I decided to do something completely different so you can hear the other things I like to play on The Stick.

All selections on the new CD were recorded on Maui performing on various models of Emmett’s instruments including the 12 string Grand Stick, the 10 string Alto Stick and the 12 string Stick Guitar (SG12). No two songs are alike! Some are purely solo performances. Some feature drums or percussion. Some use sound effects while some do not. Some were recorded “live” at remote island locations and others were recorded in a studio setting. I go from soulful like Santana to wacky like Zappa with even some Americana thrown in for good measure. Totally different. And different is good, isn’t it?

If you’d like to take a listen you can preview it simply by clicking on My Store (upper left) or at:

It’s also available on iTunes. Just type in “Chapman Stick” and I’m still the only one who sticks it to ’em there. Pardon the pun.

As always, thanks for your support of my one-of-a-kind music on The Chapman Stick!