Live in 2020
Promo video with clips from 2020
Michael Manzi was born on Valentines Day in 1998. He believes that love and music are connected by their power to affirm life.
Influences include: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Peach Pit, Andy Shauf.
Michael Manzi is an American singer-songwriter and indie-rock artist based in New York City. Michael plays regularly with his band Hearts Open, and is known among fans for being high energy performer. His songs are lyric driven, packaging folk and psychedelic traditions into modern pop/rock sounds. Michael also has experience top-lining for new musical theater and has performed as a featured actor, off-broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theatre.
Michael graduated in the class of 2020 from the NYU Gallatin School where he received a BA in Individualized Studies, and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Michael's personalized study focused on Representations of Love as Transcendence and covered course material from eastern philosophy to expressive therapies. Inspired by his research in holistic mental health and humanistic psychology, Michael hopes to help write a new generation of Love-clichés.
and a registered member of ASCAP:
Michael Manzi (Songwriter)
Hearts Open (Publisher)
CEO of Hearts Open Inc.
Rachel C. Scott
"...All the musicians were extremely talented, and the band put on an incredible show. They filled the entire venue, which is impressive for an emerging band at 10:30PM on a Wednesday night (even for New York City)!...
...About more than halfway through the performance, Michael decided to turn it down for a few minutes. The band took a break, and Michael took out his acoustic guitar to play his most popular single, “Copper” — which the audience immediately recognized. It was easily one of the highlights of the night..."
"His first single released in October of last year, the track brings back visions of Modest Mouse and The National, complete with modest indie-rock snares and a live cellist. Earnest lyricism coupled with quaint yet powerful instrumentation driven by the emotion in Manzi’s voice, brought the show to a an anthemic crescendo. Minimalistic yet captivating, Michael Manzi illustrated his outstanding potential at The Bitter End."
“The things that I played today are more of a ‘standing in the bathroom washing my face for 30 minutes’ kind of process,” he said. “‘Copper’ came about a little bit differently. I had a really strong sense of the feeling that I wanted the song to have. I was workshopping it on piano for a long time before I realized..."
Live from the Basement
Date: Friday, November 13th
Time: 8pm EST
Back for our first show since going into quarantine! Save the date for this free live stream concert sponsored by liveroom.media beta!