Bio.CHARLES MICHAEL BROTMAN
- homeKamuela, Hawaii
- genreacoustic guitar
“The sound of acoustic and classical guitars has been a life-long obsession of mine”, says 47th GRAMMY Award-winner Charles Michael Brotman. “There are magical moments when all the right components come together – a beautiful acoustic guitar, a great guitarist, the right room…”
Producer Charles Michael Brotman won the 2005 GRAMMY Award for the inaugural category of Best Hawaiian Music CD for “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″. The recording, which he produced and features several slack key artists from Hawaii, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart and simultaneously in the #1 position on the Billboard New Age Music Chart. He also produced, engineered and mastered 2006 GRAMMY Award Nominee, “Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim” (Hawaiian Music category) and 2014 GRAMMY Award Nominee, Kahulanui for “Hula Ku’i” (Regional Roots category).
Brotman is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award recipient. In the past few years, several of his guitar recordings have charted in the top 10 on national radio charts. He is known throughout Japan and the US for his role as the lead guitarist for KOHALA, the acoustic guitar trio from the Big Island of Hawaii. He is also an internationally recognized composer and his composition and performance was featured on the film, “The Descendant” with George Clooney.
Brotman grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, and his first introduction to formal music lessons was at age 8 as a violin student at the Cornish School of the Arts. At age 12 he discovered the guitar and performed with various bands throughout Washington State during his teens. He attended undergraduate school in music at the Cornish Institute and The Evergreen State College. He moved to Honolulu in 1976, attended UH, and received an M.A. degree in music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he taught classical guitar for nine years. During the 1980s, Brotman performed music at many hotels in Honolulu, including The Kahala Hilton, The Halekulani, and The Hawaii Prince. He left teaching in the mid 1980′s to pursue work as a composer and producer, opening a commercial recording studio, Pacific Music Productions, Honolulu. In 1990 Brotman moved to the Big Island with his family and in 1997 he and his sister, Jody Brotman, co-founded Palm Records and built Lava Tracks Recording Studio.
Charles Michael Brotman currently performs and tours with Kohala and composes and produces out of his Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela on the Big Island.
#1 on the Billboard World Music Chart; “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″
#1 on the Billboard New Age Music Chart; “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″
GRAMMY Award 2005: Producer, Slack Key Guitar Volume 2, Various Artists (Palm Records)
Na Hoku Hanohano Award 2005: Producer, Hula! Big Island Style (Palm Records)
Hawaii Music Awards 2005: Producer of the Year
Hawaii Music Awards: Best New Age Album, Cool Breeze, Kohala (Palm Records)
Na Hoku Hanohano Award: Producer, Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Winners 3
Na Hoku Hanohano Award Finalist: Slack Key Guitar; Lullaby; Mango Cooler; Pacific Rendezvous; Slack Key Guitar Volume 2; Flying; Cool Breeze
“The instrumentals establish Brotman as a skilled guitarist as well as a perceptive composer. …a classy production through and through…” Honolulu Advertiser
“For simply beautiful guitar instrumentals, look no farther…” Islands Magazine
“Brotman is certain to have a bright future in contemporary jazz.” Contemporary Jazz Review
“A best bet for any situation that calls for soothing romantic music. Call this exquisite!” The Honolulu Star Bulletin
“A new ethereal beauty with quiet uncluttered arrangements…The beauty and charms that constitute Hawaii” The Honolulu Advertiser