Welcome to the Official Website of Derek Dallenger
I'm a British Chapman Stick player living in Kyushu, Japan. I began playing Stick in November 1991 after watching it demonstrated by Jim Lampi in London. I had been interested in the instrument since the early 1980's having heard it on King Crimson and Peter Gabriel recordings and having seen a brief clip on TV of Tony Levin playing it solo. The experience of watching Jim Lampi play it close up was an unforgettable one, similar to watching someone do something that appeared to defy the laws of physics... I still remember how I thought at the time, "But he shouldn't be able to do that ... "
I was lucky enough to have a couple of lessons from him after buying my first instrument. Those, combined with my own experimentation and studying the "Free Hands" book written by Emmett Chapman led me to glimpse a part of the truly staggering potential of the Stick - since then, the greater part of my time has been spent in attempting to realise some of it...
I've played in a variety of situations and countries over the years and I'm always looking for new opportunities to play my music, show people the instrument and let them try it out for themselves if they want.
If you haven't yet seen or heard the Chapman Stick, click here (http://www.stick.com) to go to the Stick Enterprises website where there are demonstration videos, articles and information, details of the different instrument models available and how to get them, links to other artists' websites world-wide and a whole lot more.
"... a distinctive instrumental stylist, recognizable by his use of melodic sixths,
his bass arpeggios with sparkling harmonics, and his fast rhythmic "rides"...
"Interesting new music by Derek now ... He has once again "morphed" his musical style and upgraded his Stick technique. The focus is now on his original compositions and pendulum like polyrhythms - always an uplifting sensation."
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