It is sad to confirm that Holger passed away yesterday, in his home, the old CAN studio in Weilerswist.
This is another great personal lost to me on my music in life map. The pain is huge. It is like loosing the member of the family to me. I did feel the same twice in life so far. First when Miles Davis left, and recently after Charlie Haden’s departure. All of them helped me to find the Beauty in life and their music guided me all through and do continue so. Many great musicians left us this year and their importance is indisputable. This introduction then is to make it vivid how much those three were particularly important to myself.
Holger’s wife U-She passed away just few weeks before and he must being devastated by this lost of his beloved partner but still in a good spirit looking to the future and into new music to come. The music which now will remain unheard forever.
Let them both Rest In Peace
from Holger’s memories of his Polish childhood
” I was born in Gdansk. My neighbor was Günter Grass, then about 10 years older than me – he was the same age as my brother and went to the same class at school. Even our back gardens were connected – there was no fence. January 9, 1945 we left Poland on the Red Cross train to Germany. We had tickets bought to travel on MS Wilhelm Gustloff. I do not know if you remember the ship that sank with more than five thousand people on board? The biggest sea disaster at the time ? Well, my grandmother thought that she would not board a ship in the world. That is why we decided to take a train “