Bio.CHARLES MICHAEL BROTMAN
- homeKamuela, Hawaii
- genreacoustic guitar
“The sound of acoustic and classical guitars has been a life-long obsession of mine. There are magical moments when all the right components come together – a beautiful guitar, a great guitarist, the right room.”
Charles grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, studied violin at the Cornish School of the Arts as a child, picked up a guitar at 12 years old and performed with various bands throughout Washington State during his teens. In grad school he specialized in medieval and baroque music, and after graduation he taught classical guitar at the University of Hawaii in the music department for nine years. He left teaching to compose and produce full time at Pacific Music Productions, a commercial studio he opened in Honolulu in the mid 1980s. In 1990 Brotman moved to the Big Island with his family, in ’97 he co-founded Palm Records and built Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela. He currently tours with Kohala and composes and produces out of Lava Tracks. Charles is President of The Hawaii Songwriting Festival, a non-profit festival held annually on Hawaii Island.
Charles won a producer award for the 2005 inaugural GRAMMY category for Best Hawaiian Music CD. (“Slack Key Guitar Vol 2″, Palm Records). He produced the 2006 GRAMMY nominee, “Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim” and the 2014 GRAMMY nominee, “Hula” Ku’i” by Kahulanui. He has received multiple Na Hoku Honohano Awards and nominations and has had several placements in film and TV.