**** LEO GOSSELIN **** *Grand Stick Soloist*: Home
Make yourself at home and explore this site to your heart's content. Check out some of the sound bites from my albums and the performance photo gallery that goes back 30 years! There are also some promo videos as well as live performance videos to check out. I've also added recent images in my Photos page by veteran photographer Carl Kravats.
New album release!
I have been working on a new body of original pieces off and on for the past year. The album is titled "The Longing" and will be available in October 2012. It is a solo project with some stylistic surprises and a fine clarity to the tonal aspects of the Chapman Stick. It has twelve compositions-some with Old World influences as well as more modern motifs. It has been a labor of love and I am truly happy with the results.
My last album "Lovestream" includes five of my original pieces as well as several that were originally recorded by such famous artists as Eric Clapton ("Tears in Heaven"), Don Henley and Glenn Frey ("Desperado"), Elton John ("Can You Feel The Love Tonight"), Sting's "Fields Of Gold", Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately", and "You Are Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson. There are four videos on the video page for those of you who would like to see footage of performances on the Chapman Stick. I also have a station on You Tube called 'Tmuse 12' or search by typing in my name and pressing search. Eventually links will be set up on my links page.
Images courtesy of www.musicmanphotography.com
Chapman Stick Technical Notes: The Chapman Stick is a member of the guitar and bass family, and introduces a full two-handed piano technique applied directly to strings. It has a longer natural sustain than guitar, and yet is extremely percussive, the drumming of the fingers executing sharp, staccato rhythms with a strong and distinctive bass voice. The technique of four major instruments - guitar, piano, bass, and drums - are brought together on this single Touchboard instrument. The divided fingerboard combines the advantages of a double neck and a single neck into one extremely versatile instrument with endless combinations of note patterns, chordal voicing, polyrythms and fingering techniques. With this dual tuning concept of two fingerboards on one neck, the hands can play independently, each hand relegated to its own string group, or interdependently with all eight fingers tapping interwoven patterns, and finger at any string.
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