Give a listen to “Meeting Carlos” (Preview from next CD)

I’m working on a new release that will feature The Stick with lots of drums and percussion to spice things up. It’s about halfway finished so I imagine it will be ready sometime this summer. Last May, when I met Carlos Santana under the banyan tree here in Lahaina, I rushed home and tried to recapture what I was playing when he walked up to compliment me.  My percussionist friend, Ron Feather from Montreal, added a nice latin touch and before I knew it, it was complete. It’s different than most of my music as this tune has a real Santana edge to it. I’ve posted it here so you can give it a listen. The track is titled “Meeting Carlos”. Let me know if you enjoy it.

10 thoughts on “Give a listen to “Meeting Carlos” (Preview from next CD)

  1. Marlene Foster

    Love your music. We have Hawaiian Paradise and it reminds us of beautiful Maui. We’ll be visiting there in October and hope to see you under the Banyon Tree. Why don’t you do a jazz or blues CD? We’ve heard a little jazz from you and absolutely love your style.

  2. Dawna

    Michael’s music is the soul of soothing sweetness and light. Beautiful lyricism, and very personal and happy, as if singing you a lullaby.

  3. Chad Bowman

    My wife and I visit Maui every year and we make it a priority to see Michael perform at least twice while we are there. We own most of Michael’s albums and being huge Beatles fans we were both very excited when the Beatles chapman stick came out.

    Just last month a beautiful baby girl was born into our family. We made a mix of all the chapman stick albums that we have because they are so peaceful and relaxing to my wife. Michael’s music played for hours in the delivery room and was the first music our little baby girl heard when she came into this world.

    Thank you so much Michael for sharing your talent and love for Music! It has been a blessing in our life!

  4. Johnny La Fata

    I just moved to Maui in November and wanted to remove myself from the news and the radio with all the junk and commercials that come with it. So I set out to buy some CD’s that would support the peace and tranquility that the Island has to offer. Michael Kollwitz music is by far the most soothing and beautiful music I have ever listened to. The sound is so unique and amazing, that when I play it to my friends, that cant believe the instrument that produced it. My favorite CD is The Chapman Stick meets The Beatles and my favorite tune is # 16 While my Guitar Gently Weeps. Thank you Michael for the most Beautiful contribution you make in our lives. Sincerely Johnny

  5. Roy Ele

    I met Michael Kollwitz in approximately 2006 ish. He had justed started performing in Old Sacramento, the historic district of Sacramento, CA, where we continue to miss him, now that he has moved to Maui. I am a balloon sculpture/entertainer in Old Sacramento. On the first day we met, I invited him to join a birthday celebration for another entertainer, Kevin the Town Clown who also does balloons in Old Sacramento. When you meet Michael, you feel like you have known him your whole life, he is that personable. Michael was an instant hit as an entertainer there, as he is everywhere he goes. He would set up by Steamers Coffee on the corner of Front and K Street, and create the most beautiful ambience for their diners and passerby. His entertainment was purely magical, as he mixed performing songs with education about his specific instrument, the Chapman Stick, as well as sharing his deep knowledge and love of music in general. As extensive as his repertoire has grown, including his new study of Hawaiian melodies and harmonies, during the times I shared an hour or two making sculptures for his audience, I almost always would request “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the Wizard of Oz. His rendition of that remains my centerpiece of favorites from his long and growing list of masterpieces. Kathy Davis, who makes cards for American Greetings says: “Joy through Art, Joy through Living, Joy through Giving…” Michael lives this advice. Also, Shakespeare said it best with this enduring quote: “If music be the food of love, play on.” Godspeed from Roy Ele in Sacramento.

  6. Ken

    First the Chapman Stick is a fascinating instrument. What a unique art form…then there is Michael….who takes the art form to a special place with his spirit of Aloha. He and several local Maui artists have become identified AS Maui. No visit is ever complete without seeing them or there artful creations. Thank you Michael for all you do

  7. pat canterbury

    Wow, Michael: Meeting Carlos is just beautiful. I think you’ve capture one of his many personalities. Many Blessings for sharing
    As Ever
    Pat

  8. Donna and Frank Mollenhauer

    Michael, we love your version of Santana. It’s different thank your usual Hawaiian sound but so classic. You are so skilled, you can play Carlos’s music and make him proud! Remember us from the Banyon Tree about a month ago? We are still listening to you here in Pennsylvania!
    Aloha!

  9. Michael Post author

    TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Now if you could just meet the guys from the band Muse or possibly Roger Waters of Pink Floyd… Hmmm… I can only imagine Animals on a Chapman Stick or even Dark Side of the Moon..

    Keep up the good work! I’ve been forwarding your web-site to all of my friends to check out.

    Meeting you in Maui really made my trip and even made me pick up my gear and start improv’ing again.

  10. David

    You and your compositions are second to none my friend. Dave

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