Michael Kollwitz | Secret Mountain

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Secret Mountain

by Michael Kollwitz

The Chapman Stick is a revolutionary new stringed instrument that is expressive and versatile with a sound unlike any other! Enjoy 16 tracks by a 40 year pioneer of this amazing yet little-known instrument. It will be "music to your ears"!
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Secret Mountain
3:24 $0.99
2. Amazing Grace
2:37 $0.99
3. Sounds of Silence
3:21 $0.99
4. Fancy Free
3:02 $0.99
5. Fields of Gold
3:35 $0.99
6. Ancient Home
3:13 $0.99
7. Tlaquepaque
3:19 $0.99
8. Oak Creek Canyon
3:11 $0.99
9. Dandelions
3:15 $0.99
10. Cloud Number Nine
5:27 $0.99
11. You Can't Hurry Love
3:26 $0.99
12. Too Much Fun
2:55 $0.99
13. Kawaipunahele
2:23 $0.99
14. Hawaii Five-O
2:39 $0.99
15. To Az Asap
4:27 $0.99
16. Stairway to Heaven
7:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Inspired by the beauty of Sedona, Michael's music is created using a unique, contemporary American stringed instrument known as The Chapman Stick ®. Played using a pianistic two-handed tapping technique, The Chapman Stick is expressive and versatile with a sound unlike any other. Michael was one of inventor Emmett Chapman's first students and has focused exclusively on this amazing yet little-known instrument for over 40 years. The result will be "music to your ears". Enjoy!

All songs recorded in Sedona, Arizona (except tracks 15 & 16) using only the Chapman 12-string Grand Stick & 12-string Stick Guitar (SG-12™). All tracks produced by Michael Kollwitz (except track 15 produced by Clarke Rigsby). Drums on track 15 by Steve Hargrave. Soprano Sax on track 9 by Ty Hudnall. Photos by Michael McClellan. Graphics by Mort Krajec. The Chapman Stick® is a registered trademark of Stick Enterprises, Inc. at www.Stick.com

One of the instrument’s earliest pioneers and one of Emmett Chapman’s first students, Michael is a Chapman Stick virtuoso with over 40 years experience. Played with both hands using a pianistic technique on a stringed instrument the Chapman Stick is extraordinary yet still uncommon. It may prove to be one of the most expressive and versatile musical instruments ever devised with almost endless possibilities. The result is full, rich music that does not sound quite like any other instrument.

Long devoted to spreading knowledge of the Chapman Stick and the beautiful music it can create, Michael has performed at over a thousand festivals, fairs & corporate events. Carlos Santana called his music “a gift from the heart” that made him feel good the moment he heard it. He’s been an opening act for The Beach Boys, The Goo Goo Dolls and has introduced many to the new instrument over the years including Mick Fleetwood and Herbie Hancock.

His albums and music have spread worldwide. His music has been featured on national radio, in television appearances and he was the subject of an award-winning short documentary entitled “Stick Man”. His musical style has been influenced by many genres including Jazz, Rock, Latin, Hawaiian and Americana. He has recorded and released 21 albums in different genres including his latest releases "Peaceful Journey" and "Serenity" which marks a change of course for his music into the New Age and Ambient genres.

Decades of references and recommendations from fans and clients can be viewed at:




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Terry James Hawke

Secret Mountain by Chapman Stick soloist Michael Kollwitz
“Michael is a unique Chapman Stick player/musician from the Sedona area of Arizona and he captures not only the spirit of the Red Rocks of Sedona but manages to recreate the emotion, ancestry, and culture of Sedona- especially with the track “Tlaquepaque” (a fabulous cultural area of Sedona) and also reflects the amazing “Oak Creek Canyon” also in Sedona. He also features the TV theme “Hawaii Five-O” and also covers the fabulous single by Simon & Garfunkel- “Sounds Of Silence” and the stunning Led Zeppelin track “Stairway To Heaven”, in addition to other classic tracks such as “Fields Of Gold” & “Amazing Grace”. You just have to listen to this release!”
My personal rating as a Radio Presenter & Producer for ‘Harborough FM’ in England is: 9/10!!

Jim Bailey

a joy to listen to
Secret Mountain is a joy to listen to!!

Lane Cameron

Keep it up
I have been listening to Secret Mountain. The quality and the songs are great, they fit in many genres.
I like the soprano sax on Dandelions and the auto wah. The mixes are excellent and you are doing a very good job in all respects. Keep it up.

Mia Fliers

close my eyes and just listen
I told everyone at our last meeting how much I am enjoying your CD. Because I read so much these days I find your music a wonderful accompaniments. I find I often just close my eyes and just listen. I hope many people will have the opportunity to enjoy it !


Amazing Vibrations
I love listening to these soothing and inspiring songs . . . they make wonderful background music while I'm working on the computer. As a Quantum Energy and T'ai Chi Master I have also tested the harmonizing impact of Michael's creative music on our physical beings. These amazing musical vibrations carry specific information that interacts directly with our body's biofield to restore its balanced and harmonized state. Accordingly, your body begins to operate at its highest level of efficiency and well-being.

These vibrations also provide protection against many of the negative subtle energy influences that attack our bodies on a daily basis, such as cell phones, computers and other electronic equipment. It is my experience that continued listening to this inspiring music allows the body and mind to experience heightened levels of awareness, concentration and energy.

The “Music's” information is delivered to the body much like a DVD’s image when placed in a DVD player. You become the “DVD Player” for the “Music”.

The around-the-clock benefits of listening to this music may include:
Harmonizing the body’s energy functions.
Increasing strength, endurance and flexibility.
Enhancing balance and coordination.
Helping protect against the effects of harmful toxins and Electromagnetic Field radiations.
Reducing stress, enhancing concentration and increasing awareness.

Diane Hilbert

Such a pleasure to listen to!
Secret Mountain is such a pleasure to listen to. It helps put peace in the house when we have had stressful times. I can turn it on and just sit down and relax. The Chapman Stick is an amazing instrument and Mike puts it at its best.

Diane Hilbert

Helps put peace in the house
Secret Mountain is such a pleasure to listen to. It helps put peace in the house when we have had stressful times. I can turn it on and just sit down and relax. The Chapman Stick is an amazing instrument and Mike puts it at its best.