Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.
As the recognition continues to grow for his previous solo piano works 'Wintermusik' (2009) and ‘The Bells’ (2009), 2011 saw the release of his critically acclaimed record 'Felt' on Erased Tapes Records. The album was followed by the solo synthesiser EP 'Juno' and 'Screws' (2012) – a birthday gift to his fans he recorded while recovering from a thumb injury. Nils released his follow up to Juno titled 'Juno Reworked' (2013) with guest reworks by Luke Abbott and Clark.
Nils returned with his new album 'Spaces' in 2013 to much critical acclaim, expressing his love for experimentation and answering the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his concerts. Nils Frahm also released his first music book, entitled 'Sheets Eins' in this year.
In 2015 Nils announced Piano Day. An official body created by Nils and his closest friends to celebrate the piano and to house various and exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450.
As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are about 10 feet in length. And it was on this piano that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one sitting, which form his new ‘Solo’ album – available for free download on the world’s first Piano Day on the 88th day March 29, 2015 from www.pianoday.org.
With a target of 120.000 euros to reach, Nils eased his fans into sharing their money for the project with this free release. All direct donations and a portion from any record sales will go to the Klavins 450 project until the target has been hit.
‘Solo’ is available on LP/CD/DL worldwide via Erased Tapes and can be downoaded for free here
Nils has also announced his first score release for one-take feature film, Victoria and has been nominated for German film prize for Best Soundtrack
‘Music for the Motion Picture Victoria’ will be released on June 15th via Erased Tapes. The soundtrack opens with an edit of ‘Burn With Me’ by German producer DJ Koze.
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'a beautiful and highly rewarding journey' - 9/10 – Popmatters
'the overriding feel is one of joy at listening to a performer demonstrating the infinite elasticity of sound'. 7.8 – Pitchfork
'A work of gentle genius, and one of the year’s best albums' – The Quietus
'A fantastic record…it can transport you somewhere else' – Alexis Petridis, The Guardian Album of the Week