Holger Mantey plays Gershwin, Bach, Paganini and others in unheard-unheard variations and his own compositions.
Piano, various drums, "handpan" and a good dose of entertainment are combined by Mantey to create the "playground" to enter a space of artistic fantasy in which the musician lives out his musically exuberant ideas."A whole musical cosmos in his head" was the headline in the FAZ newspaper after one of the musician's concerts. From wild to romantic, well-known pieces from different musical eras are played in unheard and often unheard-of ways. Chopin's Etude Op. 25 No. 2, for example, plummets from classically dignified coloratura heights only to reappear in splintery bebop waterfalls that become the starting point for countless variations and changes.
In Mantey's unconventionally expressive version, Gershwin's Summertime becomes a seemingly apocalyptic prediction of a summer in northern Germany, where the musician comes from, that has mutated beyond recognition. His own ballad-like compositions create sonorous emotional landscapes, which are the icing on the cake in a program that combines the familiar with new, fresh ideas. To take his recital to the extreme, the musician impressively demonstrates that you can play the piano magnificently without using your fingers.
Holger Mantey plays with many renowned musicians and artists from all over the world and has given concerts in 21 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has released 15 CDs under his own name. Mantey's concerts are a walk between musical worlds that could not be more different. Just listen and immerse yourself.