"Bob is the Segovia of the Stick."
Emmett Chapman, inventor
of the Chapman Stick
"Bob Culbertson is a virtuoso of
his craft. His concert was absolutely beautiful and entertaining.
The Carnegie attendees were telling me weeks later how amazed they
were by his performance and instrument. He will be back."
Mary Leb, Music Director,
Carnegie Hall, WV
displays ferocious technique, handling the contrapuntal demands
and rhythmic intricacies of each piece with the command of a virtuoso.
The rich warm sound of the Acoustick is captured beautifully."
"Bob Culbertson sold more CDs than
last week's guest, Ray Charles."
The Chapman Stick, a member of the
guitar and bass family, is an all-fingerboard instrument designed
to take advantage of a two-handed tapping method of parallel hands
playing. With both of your hands equal partners, they approach the
fretboard from opposite sides; your fingers line up parallel to
the frets. A powerful new musical language emerges - bass lines,
lead melodies, chords, and rhythm, simultaneously, and in any combination.
With an expanded playing surface of strings and frets with the room
and the range to explore a full two-handed piano technique applied
directly onto the strings, the Chapman Stick has a longer natural
sustain than guitar, and yet is extremely percussive, the "drumming"
of fingers executing sharp, staccato rhythms. It also has a strong
and distinctive bass voice. And so, the techniques of four major
instruments - guitar, piano, bass and drums - are all brought together
on this single instrument.
With well over 100,000 albums sold, and several hundred students
to his credit, Bob Culbertson has become one of the most influential
Chapman Stick soloists today. His recordings have been described
as "the sound of the Stick in its purest form." Bob's shows have
taken him to over 15 countries throughout the world including: Europe,
Eastern Europe, Japan and almost every state in the US.
His concerts have included openings and performances with several
popular acts, including Robben Ford, Tuck and Patti, Steve Morse,
The Doobie Brothers, Shelia E, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Babatunde
Olatunji, Neil Schon, Alex De Grassi, Fattburger, Micky Hart, David
Grisman, Abraxas, and members of Santana.
"Possibly the world's number one
ABC TV, Inside San Diego
"Bob is such a consummate performer,
the place is filled to the rafters every time he plays there."
"Bob Culbertson's unique sound
created the perfect atmosphere for our event."
Sausalito Art Festival
"Bob is an incredibly good musician
whose time has come."