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: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/stikmstr
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!
After a grueling, non-stop six year World Tour of Maui it was necessary that I be taken to a private clinic in the bamboo rainforest above Hana where I was treated for the little-known but serious condition known as Hawaiian Tropical Exhaustion Syndrome. During the treatment I learned that yes, it’s true- you can only go snorkeling so many times before it catches up with you. Little did I know but all that continuous sunshine and near constant temperatures of 75 degrees can only worsen the condition. The doctors concluded there was only one cure for me- I must return to the mainland immediately and spread my Chapman Stick fueled brand of musical cheer at festivals, fairs and concerts anywhere they’ll have me. To protect against any future episodes of HTES they warned me to never visit Sea World, watch old surf movies or listen to the Beach Boys. So far, so good. I still get shaky whenever I see palm trees.
All kidding aside, it’s great to be back! I’ll be based in the Lake Tahoe area during the summer and fall. I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you who I missed while I was in Hawaii. I hope you’ll come out and say hello sometime soon. I’ll be on the road to some of my old haunts and hopefully lots of new ones, too. As time permits, I may even get to perform at some house concerts for those of you who might be interested in hosting one. I hear they’re a lot of fun.
I’ll kick off the summer this coming Memorial Day weekend at one of my all-time most favorite events- the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. I met so many of you there over the years it will be a joyful reunion. I can’t wait. I’ll have a brand new CD entitled “Snap Shots” and lots of new Stick music to share with you. You’ll find more upcoming events listed in the above right box “UPCOMING”
I’ve posted a number of new songs (in their entirety) on both here my website and in my electronic press kit (click link below). Thanks, as always for your support of my music on The Stick. Doubt if I could have ever made it this far without you…
All the best,
Chapman Stick soloist
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I always love this time of year because I have sooo much to be thankful for. Enjoying the holidays here in Lahaina is A-O-K by me. We don’t have any snow here on Maui (like Frosty The Stickman does above) but we get by. Imagine surfing in warm waters throughout the holidays… Or golfing or just about anything BUT shoveling snow. It’s not bad at all!
This winter holiday season will be fantastic. The humpback whales are returning from their summer in Alaska and they’re ready to do You-Know-What. They eat thousands of pounds of fish and krill while they are in Alaska and then they come here to Hawaii all ready for mating season. Gotta keep their strength up, right? At least they know how to pick the right spots!
So you can enjoy some great Stick music this winter season- just in time for Christmas- I’ve reduced the prices of both my most recent release, RAINBOWS and my Christmas album, FROSTY THE STICKMAN.
That’s right. Only $12 for each CD plus shipping. Either CD makes an excellent small last minute gift or stocking stuffer for virtually anyone on your list this year. Plus, there are additional discounts available if you purchase more than one of either CD or, better yet- both CDs. My distributor is located in Portland, Oregon and they ship very FAST and, they actually make the whole process FUN! And all right from the comfort of your own home.
Fast and fun… What more could you ask for? By the way, FROSTY is only 1 of 2 CDs that I know of here on Planet Earth that features holiday and Christmas favorites on The Chapman Stick! Many folks who already own FROSTY tell me they love to play the album while they are wrapping presents, at Christmas parties, while entertaining family & friends or just engaging in general all-around holiday merriment. I hope you’ll consider supporting a truly independent artist rather than spending your Christmas budget at Walmart. If you’d like to take a look, a listen and read the reviews you’ll find them right here on my brand new, easy to navigate Store Page. Either click below or on the icon to the right marked My Store. Either way you’ll get there. Check out some of my other releases while you’re there, too. Mahalo in advance!
This month I’ll be playing around the island and you’ll find my performance schedule up in the right hand corner of this page. If you’re in town, I hope you’ll stop by and say aloha. Until then, I wish you and yours a very
All the best,
Maui is the PERFECT place to get married or renew your vows. If you’re planning to do so in the near future, why not consider having the perfect music, too? Over the last 25 years I have performed for literally hundreds of weddings in every imaginable setting. I’ve been told that my music on The Chapman Stick is ideal for weddings and receptions. I sound like several musicians at once, need hardly any space at all and I am completely self-contained and battery-powered so I don’t even need an a/c outlet. Want me to play on the beach or at the top of a mountain? No problem! I can play The Stick anywhere with this set-up. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact me directly for further information. While you’re at it, why not add your name to the list for my monthly newsletter and I’ll keep you posted on new developments. The little sign-up box is on this page at the bottom right corner. Mahalo for keeping me in mind. A HUI HOU!
Really enjoyed my performance; as the opening act for Henry Kapono’s band last night at Four Seasons Wailea. We were welcoming ACURA to Hawaii. What a beautiful night. Wish I had a night like this almost every night! A HUI HOU! ~Mike