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Serenity: Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick

by Michael Kollwitz

A full hour of simple, peaceful, relaxing music on the extraordinary yet uncommon stringed instrument created by Emmett Chapman known as The Chapman Stick. The music was inspired by "Steps To Knowledge- The Book Of Inner Knowing" by Marshall Vian Summers.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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5. A New Life
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8. Simple Pleasures
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10. Never Alone Again
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With the albums "Peaceful Journey" (2013) and "Under The Banyan Tree" (2008) Kollwitz made a conscious change of course in his music: focusing more on healing music that relaxes the listener and provides a lush sonic background conducive to contemplation and meditation. He found himself drawn to simpler, more straightforward and uncomplicated music that conveyed more emotion and less technical skill. Many musicians find it is easy to play fast but how many can really slow down and let the listener savor every single note like a piece of chocolate that is so good you never want to swallow it?

Following this new direction of simple peaceful music on The Chapman Stick, Kollwitz has released the album "Serenity- Peaceful Music On The Chapman Stick" which was written and recorded in the magical red rock country of Sedona, Arizona.

Kollwitz says the music on "Serenity" was inspired by the book "Steps To Knowledge- The Book Of Inner Knowing" by Marshall Vian Summers at www.StepsToKnowledge.com

BIO
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.

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Steve Sheppard- One World Music Radio UK

I thoroughly recommend this album in a heartbeat
A new artist to me, but one that has brought a great deal of Serenity into my life, no pun intended, well only a little, is Michael Kollwitz! Now like some, I had heard of the chapman stick on a few albums that I have reviewed, but never seen one until I gazed upon the covers of this album, I feel intrigued, so why not join me on another musical journey this time with Michael Kollwitz, as he opens the door to his new realm called Serenity.
Mountain Sanctuary starts our voyage of musical plenitude and a more serene beginning you would never find. The gentleness of performance here is sublime and deeply peaceful. It would be ideal to take this music up into the mountains behind my home and enjoy the lush colourful tones along the way.
Mystic Vista, ah what a serene title, and one that we can relate to here, we have many mystical and amazing vistas in Cyprus. Again this track is utter perfection. Im sitting on my veranda, listening to this and watching the early autumn wind caress the palm trees, as sun beams dance on the wings of an errant butterfly, but I am sure you will find your own halcyon moment within this quite stunning arrangement.
The mellowness of this release is enough to bring tranquillity into anyone’s life; Greatest Possible Gift is another fine example of that tranquil nature and Michael Kollwitz is the master narrator of this most bliss-filled journey. One can see why such luminaries as Alice Cooper, Carlos Santana and Mick Fleetwood have purchased his music.
As we move to The Four Pillars, we can feel so happy that the enchantment spell that Kollwitz has placed upon us is still working. Here we have another warm opus of peace to wash over us; this one has a real sun kissed feel to it, and the tones that flow from this place of musical contentment are perhaps bathed in an historical motif of sorts.
We can move seamlessly from one composition to another without any interruption to our state of bliss, and the track A New Life, continues that reverie of harmony. For me there is a careful and tender ethic of reflection about this piece that I simply adored, but one with a positive nature to its construction.
I am certain I could leave this album on repeat for hours, it is so layered and textured in a state of utter calmness, and that doesn’t change as we approach the half way juncture of the album, where we come across the piece Best of Everything. Ian Cameron Smith from Australia once provided us with music of this ilk, but he did that on an electric guitar, here Kollwitz emphasises his skills on the Chapman Stick like I have never heard before.
The midway marker has been reached and we are further blessed by a smooth and resonating offering called Joyful Reunion. This composition has a really light energy about it, and the essence of happiness flows strong in this one.
The whole album seems to break down life’s tiring rhetoric and creates a soothing oasis of sound to rest in. On Simple Pleasure you have just that, a beautiful creation yes, but one that will simply allow you to drift on a sea of reassuring pleasure. Kollwitz manifests layer upon layer of comforting tones, and this track is yet another fine example of that most pleasurable reality.
Many will love the consistency of this album, I do. The artist continues that theme with Warm Lasting Embrace, the mantra through this album is restful yes, but there is a warm feeling of creation here as well that needs to be highlighted. This tracks narrative also seems to have a sense of love built into the composition that is so appealing too.
The reassurance of the next piece will leave you feeling deeply moved and consoled; it’s called Never Alone Again. The comfort that this opus creates is delightful, one could easily imagine sitting at the shore line of a beach in the
warming sun, the arm of a loved one encircles you and states, that you will never be alone again; the performance here is sublime and really worth multiple listens.
One of my favourites from the album was Quiet Full Moon, this is music to quieten the restless soul and install the feeling of positivity. Kollwitz has such a sensitive performance style that with each and every note played, you just ease back further into a dream world of pleasure. It’s hard to judge, but for me this was one of the smoothest pieces from the release, for me it creates a vast vista of musical awareness for me to roam within.
As we move deep into the matrix of this dimension created by Michael Kollwitz, we come across an elevating offering called Higher Power. There is an increasing sense of movement within this piece that I found most interesting; it also seems to flow back and forth like the tide, with a sweet energy of harmonic bliss.
Our penultimate offering is entitled The Seven Canyons. The performance here by the artist is simply picturesque and wonderfully blessed. I found a similar sense of movement again within this track, but this time, one that you could visualise that headway being made by flight, or perhaps on the wings of an Eagle.
The last port of call for us is entitled No Hurry, No Worry. Kollwitz has given us plenty of opportunities to reap the rewards of tranquillity that this album brings, and this last piece was another favourite of mine that I could play for hours, you can literally feel the stress falling from your shoulders as you listen to it.
Serenity by Michael Kollwitz is an album that could never have been named better, the peace and calmness of this release brings us a haven of wonderment that we can all delightfully be a part of, and all thanks to the most heavenly and harmonious performances by the artist. Each piece is crafted lovingly to manifest a sanctuary of soft sound for us to bathe in. I thoroughly recommend this album in a heartbeat, may all your nights be long, pleasant and idyllic, and they will be with ease, by embracing Serenity by Michael Kollwitz.
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Candice MIchelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Michael Kollwitz has been playing the Chapman Stick for over forty years, having recorded his first solo album on this widely lesser-known instrument in the early 2000’s. A guitar/piano type of hybrid named for its inventor, Emmett Chapman (of whom Michael had the serendipitous opportunity of crossing paths with in the 1970’s), the Chapman Stick resembles the head and neck of a guitar but is played more like a piano by using two-handed tapping, and it possesses the capacity of producing a diverse range of sounds. While there aren’t many stick players on the music scene, I became familiar with its innately soothing sound upon hearing Jeff Pearce’s solo Chapman Stick recording, Rainshadow Sky, several years ago – so I’m certainly delighted to have discovered another master of this instrument! Having previously lived in Sacramento, California, Michael would perform on his stick while dressed as a 19th century gold miner, and he even opened for acts such as The Beach Boys and Goo Goo dolls. After moving to Hawaii in 2007, Michael encountered Carlos Santana who praised his talents, and later Mick Fleetwood who inspired him to play traditional Hawaiian music on the instrument. His 2017 album, Serenity, is a continuation of that Hawaiian influence and offers fourteen compositions spanning just over an hour of Pacific-imbued tranquility.

Right from the opening piece, “Mountain Sanctuary”, it’s the beautifully calm and intimate melodies themselves that emerge as the most captivating element on the album – expressed through the vehicle of Michael’s equally beautiful instrument. Evocative of the sand and sea, the listener’s mind is easily transported to a Polynesian paradise via the leisurely arrangements of softly layered textures and atmospheric tones. Providing a listening space in which to relax and unwind, these lulling soundscapes can be appreciated as either background music or via active listening engagement. The song titles themselves suggest themes of both landscape and life experiences – such as the composition, “A New Life”, which inspires a sense of hope and remembrance; “Quiet Full Moon”, an introspective piece that portrays a scene of the lunar light reflecting upon the waters; or “Joyful Reunion”, which elicits a gentle mood of winding down after seaside festivities. One of my favorite melodies on the album is that of “Simple Pleasures”, which seemingly sways and gently rolls like ocean waves in the glow of a setting sun.

Amazed by how this rather simple looking instrument can produce these subtly dimensional soundscapes, Serenity perfectly showcases the sheer sonic beauty and gentle emotional expression of which the Chapman Stick is capable. For those unfamiliar with the body of Michael Kollwitz’ work, this album is a most excellent starting point, as well as easily his finest, thereby offering a suspended moment to get lost in, where the blue seas, clear skies and cool breeze is seemingly endless!
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Janet Mawdesley - Blue Wolf Reviews

A unique and delicately beautiful album
Serenity-
Created in Sedona, Arizona, this remarkably beautiful album has the all elements of this geographically stunning state woven throughout, creating a tapestry of sound that is as delicate as it is robust. From the vibe that is Sedona, to the majesty of the mountains and the still, timeless beauty of the plains, Kollwitz has deliberately or otherwise, used these elements in this latest album, an album which is once again, different to the music he has, over many years created.

Inspired by Marshall Vian Summers book ‘Steps To Knowledge – The Book of Inner Knowing’ this virtuoso of the Chapman Stick or ‘Stick’, Michael Kollwitz has shown his undoubted skill, in this hour long collection of refreshingly intriguing pieces.

Using ‘The Book of all Knowledge’ as a metaphor, each of the tracks is or could be a different day, a new chapter, a divergence in the flow of inspiration. The exotic influence of the ‘Stick’ creates a difference, an harmony which allows the mind to wander, to change down a notch or two, to drift across the soundscape to places new, yet unseen, unchallenged.

Mellow and yet uplifting, each of the pieces takes you on a slightly different journey, perhaps significant to the landscape of the place in which he lives, as well as the 365 steps to be followed in ‘The Book’ as a spiritual learning is undertaken. As with all things each piece could be seen as one of the many steps along the way to a better, richer, more fulfilling, understanding of spirituality.

The introductory piece Mountain Sanctuary paints the picture of a peaceful, special place far from the daily influences; a place to simply be still and enjoy the moment. Simple Pleasure has a slightly more measured application, with threads binding it into the previously gentle flow of the music.

The simply delicious Quiet Full Moon encourages reminiscence of the many times spent watching the moon in its full glory; lighting up the night, washing the earth in its true, glorious, majesty. Higher Power dreamily follows, with a refreshing rhythm which allows the gentle nature of the music to remind one that there is a higher power, of which we should all be cognizant.

In a fitting finale, No Hurry, No Worry, sends us on our way, revitalised for spending a moment in reflection, in Serenity, at peace.

A unique and delicately beautiful album, guaranteed to refresh the body, mind and soul.



Note: ‘The Chapman Stick is an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. A member of the guitar family, the Chapman Stick usually has ten or twelve individually tuned strings and has been used on music recordings to play bass lines, melody lines, chords, or textures’ (i)
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Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck - New Age Music Reviews

This is a must have
Michael Kollwitz has a large body of work that includes 21 recordings. This collection of gorgeous sounds is his first journey into the age of new age music. It is aptly titled Serenity.

Michael’s artistry comes in the form of sound waves, vibrations and beauty with the Chapman Stick. It is a very unique and mesmerizing instrument to say the least. I have associated it mostly with Tony Levin over the years and now I can add another master to list.

Michael had the great fortune of being tutored by the creator of the stick Emmett Chapman. What a blessing that was for us all. Now to hear the result of 40 years of hard work is just an amazing musical trip.

I have to say I have never heard the stick played like this. It truly is amazing. It’s like listening to a guitar and bass at the same time. He definitely has perfected the virtuoso abilities of his chosen tool. Actually, the artist likes to call it the piano and guitar playing together. If you listen you can hear that similarity. The give and take of one instrument answering the call of another. I am not quite sure how his fingers accomplish all of the amazing sounds you hear on Serenity. I can tell you one thing, it is the only instrument he needed to record this sublime group of tracks.

The sounds resonant from the tip of your toes, to your heart, then to the mind. The triangle of mind, body and spirit surely find Serenity through these 14 tracks.

With the all of insanity of this world going on around us in these times, we must have refuge. We all need a place to unwind, center and gather our strength for a new day. With the music of Michael Kollwitz you become engaged and surrounded by the beauty of the sound. It will pull you in without effort and before you know it you it you will have reached a higher consciousness with a smile on your face. I can already see you smiling now! This is a must have for any lover of the guitar, bass or any stringed instrument for that matter, don’t miss it.

5/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
October 4, 2017
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Diane Hilbert

The perfect remedy for my restless nights!
The Serenity CD has been the perfect remedy for my restless nights. It is so soft and soothing I go right to sleep with it playing. When I wake up during the night, I turn it on again. If I had a baby, it would definitely be the nap time appointment. Thank you, Michael.
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Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

An album to fall in love with. Over and over again.
Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick
Michael Kollwitz is a Chapman Stick virtuoso extraordinaire. Kollwitz’s newest release, Serenity: Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick, is aptly titled. It is, in fact, blissfully peaceful.
For those that aren’t familiar with this unique instrument, or for those who have had the pleasure of hearing it but perhaps didn’t even realize it, the Chapman Stick is a unique 8, 10, or 12 stringed instrument that is somewhat of a combination of a guitar, bass, and possibly a piano in terms of the manner in which it is played.
Michael Kollwitz was one of the first students of Emmett Chapman, the designer and innovator of this fascinating instrument, and Michael studied with Chapman for ten years, honing and mastering his craft.
Kollwitz’s mastery of and seeming “oneness” with the Chapman Stick is evident. Serenity feels effortless and is utterly captivating across its 14 tracks. It’s one hour of sublime, soul-soothing relaxation.
Right from the opening notes on track 1, “Mountain Sanctuary,” the peace and tranquility seep deeply into your heart. This sanctuary is a place you want to visit and perhaps stay for a long while. And why not? Coming in at a little over 5 minutes, “Mountain Sanctuary,” is somewhere that is thoroughly enjoyable to be and there is no need to leave.
With roots both in Hawaii and now in Sedona, Kollwitz paints us a lush landscape in track 2, “Mystic Vista,” that is both timeless and visionary.
Track 3, “Greatest Possible Gift,” is smooth and effortless, like gentle, flowing water, yet with subtle, rich undercurrents.
Reminiscent of a lovely lullaby where cares and worries simply float away, “The Four Pillars,” track 4, invites us like cherished friends into an inner sanctum, and calms the spirit right out of the gate with its tender, melodic structure.
My favorite track on the album is “Joyful Reunion,” which is track 7. It’s wistful and nostalgic, as well as haunting, ethereal, and just plain mesmerizing.
With much more peaceful lusciousness in between, the album winds up with “The Seven Canyons,” track 13, and track 14, “No Hurry, No Worry.” Both are nicely expansive and spacious, perfectly portraying the eternal limitlessness of the soul’s journey.
Magically masterful, Serenity: Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick is an album to fall in love with. Over and over again.

Music review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

Rating: Excellent
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Andy Garcia

Great Job!!
Your CD is in my truck right now. I listen to it almost daily. Great job!!
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Dyan Garris- Best New Age CD Reviews

Magically masterful, Serenity is an album to fall in love with. Over and over ag
Michael Kollwitz – Serenity: Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick

Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

Michael Kollwitz is a Chapman Stick virtuoso extraordinaire. Kollwitz’s newest release, Serenity: Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick, is aptly titled. It is, in fact, blissfully peaceful.

For those that aren’t familiar with this unique instrument, or for those who have had the pleasure of hearing it but perhaps didn’t even realize it, the Chapman Stick is a unique 8, 10, or 12 stringed instrument that is somewhat of a combination of a guitar, bass, and possibly a piano in terms of the manner in which it is played.

Michael Kollwitz was one of the first students of Emmett Chapman, the designer and innovator of this fascinating instrument, and Michael studied with Chapman for ten years, honing and mastering his craft.

Kollwitz’s mastery of and seeming “oneness” with the Chapman Stick is evident. Serenity feels effortless and is utterly captivating across its 14 tracks. It’s one hour of sublime, soul-soothing relaxation.

Right from the opening notes on track 1, “Mountain Sanctuary,” the peace and tranquility seep deeply into your heart. This sanctuary is a place you want to visit and perhaps stay for a long while. And why not? Coming in at a little over 5 minutes, “Mountain Sanctuary,” is somewhere that is thoroughly enjoyable to be and there is no need to leave.

With roots both in Hawaii and now in Sedona, Kollwitz paints us a lush landscape in track 2, “Mystic Vista,” that is both timeless and visionary.

Track 3, “Greatest Possible Gift,” is smooth and effortless, like gentle, flowing water, yet with subtle, rich undercurrents.

Reminiscent of a lovely lullaby where cares and worries simply float away, “The Four Pillars,” track 4, invites us like cherished friends into an inner sanctum, and calms the spirit right out of the gate with its tender, melodic structure.

My favorite track on the album is “Joyful Reunion,” which is track 7. It’s wistful and nostalgic, as well as haunting, ethereal, and just plain mesmerizing.

With much more peaceful lusciousness in between, the album winds up with “The Seven Canyons,” track 13, and track 14, “No Hurry, No Worry.” Both are nicely expansive and spacious, perfectly portraying the eternal limitlessness of the soul’s journey.

Magically masterful, Serenity: Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick is an album to fall in love with. Over and over again.
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David Tipton

Enjoying it immensely!
Been listening to Serenity and enjoying it immensely,! Seems like the world needs all the Serenity it can get these days, I love that you are bringing such beautiful music into the world!
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Dick Metcalf- Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Most Relaxing Album of the Century!
A whole host of thoughts come floating up to me as I listen to Michael’s superb work… one of the first feelings is that I need to hook my friend Harlan Mark Vale (Prescott) up with Michael (Sedona), since they both live in Arizona; but, more strongly, I begin to realize just how fortunate I am to have made so many musical friends over these last 70 years! As you absorb songs of pure beauty like “Greatest Possible Gift“, you will hear why I’m so enchanted by his work… this album will be playing for days, months & years to come – & it certainly will get a permanent spot on my iPhone! If you’re more “visually-inclined”, you will be totally convinced when you view this 2015 clip of Michael playing “Secret Mountain” (you can also hear and see him on several other great videos on YouTube):
One thing I have no doubt you’ll hear/see right away in Michael’s playing is (what I call) “pacing”… pieces like the emotional opener for the Serenity album, “Mountain Sanctuary“, are played with a distinctive and delightful sense of “no rush” that will capture your ears just as quickly as they did mine… the length of the tune is perfect, too, giving plenty of room for Michael to comfort you with his healing tones! It’s no wonder that Michael is such a master, actually, since he studied under the inventor of the instrument, Emmett Chapman, and you’ll hear the results of those studies on great songs like “Simple Pleasures” – truly one of the most inspiring and relaxed songs I’ve heard (yet) in 2017!
The promo sheets have three classifications listed – “New Age”, “Acoustic” and “Contemporary Instrumental”… though all of those “fit”, I think I would describe his music as “eternal”… pieces like my personal favorite of the fourteen sonic gems offered up for your aural pleasure, “Higher Power“, will let you hear why I believe Michael’s music will (easily) be on the music devices of future millenniums… I give him my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of (a perfect) 5.00; which means that he also gets my “PICK” for “most relaxing album of the century”!
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