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Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music, learning the piano throughout his childhood. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of classical pianists from previous generations as well as the music of contemporary composers, before forging his own musical path through composition.

Today Nils Frahm continues to work as an accomplished composer, producer and celebrated performer from his Berlin-based studio at the renowned Funkhaus. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, and on a mesmerising scale through his vast stage shows, has won him many fans around the world. Nils has gained global notoriety for his highly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, as well as a breath-taking level of emotion and personality.

Following on from his first solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells in 2009, and 2010’s 7fingers in collaboration with cellist Anne Müller, 2011 saw his break-through album Felt on Erased Tapes. Created by placing felt on the hammers of the piano, the record defines Frahm's signature sound which was a further development of the two-track experiment Unter/Über. Felt was followed by his solo synthesiser EP Juno and Wonders — a record by Oliveray, his duo project with long-time musical companion Peter Broderick. Nils then recorded the 2012 works Screws while recovering from a thumb injury, which he gifted to his fans on his birthday. Erased Tapes also released Juno Reworked featuring remixes by Luke Abbott and Clark.

2013 saw Nils return with his new album Spaces to 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 live shows. Recorded over a period of two years the album captured live performances from various of his concerts worldwide. Nils also released his first music book in the same year, Sheets Eins, publishing the sheet music for tracks such as Ambre and Said And Done for the very first time.

In 2015 Nils launched Piano Day, an official global body created by Nils and his closest friends to celebrate the piano via various innovative, piano-related projects around the world. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team was the building of the world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. It was on the slightly smaller version built by piano inventor David Klavins that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one sitting, which formed his Solo album – presented to the world on the first celebration of Piano Day.

During the same year Nils’ first film score release Music For The Motion Picture Victoria written for the one-take feature film by Sebastian Schipper, won the esteemed German Film Prize for Best Soundtrack; the soundtrack opens with an edit of Burn With Me by German producer DJ Koze. And in the Summer, the BBC Proms presented a memorable performance at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall curated by BBC 6 Music radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs.

Nils celebreated his continued musical partnership with fellow artist Ólafur Arnalds with the release of their Collaborative Works that October and included their three previous EP releases Stare, Loon and Life Story Love And Glory, plus Trance Frendz — the audio recording of their intimate 45-minute studio film.

Following a Nils Frahm-curated Weekend Festival at London’s Barbican Centre and the release of his second published music book Sheets Zwei, 2016 saw a collaborative score with Woodkid for Ellis, a short film by French artist JR, starring and featuring spoken words by Robert De Niro.

After spending much of 2017 in hibernation in preparation for a busy period ahead, Nils will commence 2018 with his first tour since 2015, and will embark on the beginning of a long worldwide tour entitled All Melody.

On June 1st, Nils Frahm released the extended five-track player Encores 1. Meant as a companion to All Melody and with The Dane already becoming a live favourite on the current world tour, Encores 1 focuses on an entirely acoustic pallet of sounds with solo piano and harmonium. “I think the idea of Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody” reveals Nils, perhaps suggesting the story of All Melody is far from over.

Upcoming shows

06/02/2019 Vienna Austria Konzerthaus
07/02/2019 Erlangen Germany Kongresszentrum Heinrich-Lades-Halle
10/02/2019 Stockholm Sweden Cirkus
13/02/2019 Aarhus Denmark VoxHall
15/02/2019 Amsterdam Netherlands AFAS Live
17/02/2019 Manchester UK Albert Hall
18/02/2019 Glasgow UK SEC Armadillo
19/02/2019 Edinburgh UK Usher Hall
20/02/2019 Birmingham UK O2 Academy Birmingham
21/02/2019 Southampton UK O2 Guildhall Southampton
22/02/2019 Paris France Le Trianon
23/02/2019 Paris France Le Trianon
25/02/2019 Frankfurt Germany Alte Oper
11/03/2019 Vancouver Canada Orpheum Theatre
12/03/2019 Seattle US The Moore Theatre
13/03/2019 Portland US Roseland Theater
15/03/2019 SF Bay Area US The Warfield
16/03/2019 Los Angeles US Walt Disney Concert Hall
17/03/2019 Phoenix US The Van Buren
19/03/2019 Austin US Emo's Austin
21/03/2019 Knoxville US Big Ears Festival 2019
22/03/2019 Durham US Carolina Theatre Durham
24/03/2019 Washington US 9:30 Club
25/03/2019 Pittsburgh US Mr. Small's Theatre
26/03/2019 Philadelphia US Union Transfer
27/03/2019 Boston / Cambridge US Wilbur Theatre
29/03/2019 New York US Brooklyn Steel
30/03/2019 New York US Brooklyn Steel
31/03/2019 Portland US State Theatre
01/04/2019 Burlington US Ballroom, Higher Ground
03/04/2019 Toronto Canada Danforth Music Hall
04/04/2019 Detroit US Majestic Theatre
13/04/2019 Toronto Canada Danforth Music Hall