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New Chapman Stick Album Release

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.



KMIR & KESQ TV Appearances

I was interviewed in the Palm Springs area recently by KMIR’s Manny De La Rosa and KESQ’s Bianca Rae. Here are some short clips and photos from the appearances!

VillageFest Palm Springs & Art Alliance of Idyllwild

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. 🙂

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading