Stick Men by WHYY Public Media published on 2013/06/27 17:57:19 +0000 http://www.whyy.org/oncanvas On stage, progressive rock musician Tony Levin, is as lean and economically passionate as the instrument he has mastered. It's a Chapman Stick, sort of a long guitar without the curves , more of a string keyboard with ten or twelve individually tuned strings that gives it its versatile sound. A relatively new instrument created in the early 1970's , it can comfortably play bass and melodic lines, chords and textures. Favored by session musicians , it opened Levin's doors to working with a myriad rock musicians and bands ranging from King Crimson and Peter Gabriel to John Lennon and Pink Floyd. Eager to continue his exploration of the Stick guitar's range as a lead instrument , Tony Levin started the group, "Stick men" in 2010. The band performed at the Sellersville Theater 1894 and is featured tonight on WHYY-TV's On Canvas. Elisabeth Perez Luna reports.