Composer and multi-instrumentalist Herwig has written a conceptual piece about bipolar disorder. Through The Ups and Downs Project Herwig translated his personal experiences with persons in his environment into different musical stages of this disease. Emotions lead us on a musical path of sadness, fear, anger, joy, peace, depression, panic to finally acceptance.
Herwig has been deaf now for over twelve years but was, by way of a cochlear implant, able to regain some of his hearing. It also meant that he had to learn to experience melody again. He has composed and played music his whole life and by submerging himself in his previous work, inspiration came back.
As an autodidact guitarist, pianist and composer, he also has the talent to surround himself with top musicians and above all to rely on his two sons who were willing to be his musical ears.