The Chapman Stick Revolutionizes the World of Guitar
July 28, 2011, 3:33 am
The Orlando Science will be hosting a presentation of the Chapman Stick in its Darden Theater on Saturday, August 6. This intriguing, electric stringed instrument was created by Emmett Chapman and combines the range of a guitar and bass with a technique similar to that of a piano.
In contrast to conventional guitars which have six strings, this innovative instrument comes in models containing 8, 10, or 12 strings and is played by tapping and holding the strings to create a musical tone. Its adaptability allows musicians to play independent bass and melody lines without having to strum or pluck the strings. The presenters Juan R. Leõn and Jeremy Birdsall will take guests through the history of the instrument, tapping techniques, the various woods and materials that are used, as well as tuning the instrument. The presentation will culminate in a performance of the Chapman Stick by Leõn and Birdsall. Leõn is known as a Yaqui/ Chicano bassist, Chapman Stickist and Native American flute player from Sonora, Mexico. His influences include Geddy Lee, Stanley Clark and Billy Sheehan. Birdsall is an accomplished musician who received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He has played with jazz luminaries such as Ray Brown, Diana Krall and Elvin Jones. Using their perspective as professional musicians and accomplished bass players, they offer insight into the role the Stick plays in modern music.
The presentation takes place at the Orlando Science Center, 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803 on August 6, 2011. You can meet the performers from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Guitar Exhibit Presentation in Darden Theater from 2 to 4 p.m.