About the Artist
Michael Kollwitz has been playing The Chapman Stick® * since 1976 and was one of inventor Emmett Chapmans first music students. He is considered one of the top Stick players in the world today.
He began playing the unusual stringed instrument shortly after seeing Chapman perform at UC Riverside in Southern California. After many years of practice and study, he began his performance career in the early 80s. Since that time, he has performed extensively throughout the Southwestern US and has given hundreds of performances at all types of events.
He has been an opening act for The Beach Boys, offered full-time work at Disneyland and has a client list that includes many Fortune 500 companies and civic organizations. Over the years, he has performed for musical luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson and Steve Morse.
He has been featured on numerous TV and radio stations in CA, NV and AZ including "All Things Considered" on PBS. He has also been featured in many newspapers, magazines and various print media.
His music was selected for inclusion in the very first CD compilation of the worlds best Stick players and his photo can be found in the Chapman Stick instruction book, "Free Hands".
His fifth- and most recent CD release- is entitled "Frosty The Stickman" (Sept. 2004). The CD includes 15 Christmas songs on solo Stick, all of which were recorded without the use of edits or overdubs.
He resides in the Sacramento, CA area and travels extensively to perform at festivals and fairs in the Western US.
* The Chapman Stick is easily the most radical innovation in stringed instruments since the invention of the electric guitar. Conceived in the mid 70's by inventor Emmett Chapman of Los Angeles, The Stick is played with both hands; simultaneously playing BOTH bass and melody parts independently- by tapping and holding strings to frets (rather than by pluck or strum) The Stick incorporates the essence of guitar, bass, keyboards and drums- all into one instrument! With these unique capabilities, The Stick can sound like 2 or 3 musicians at once in the hands of a talented player.