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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.

Upcoming shows

20/02/2018 Brighton UK Concert Hall, Brighton Dome
21/02/2018 London UK Barbican Centre
23/02/2018 London UK Barbican Centre
24/02/2018 London UK Barbican Centre
24/02/2018 London UK Barbican Centre
25/02/2018 Bristol UK Colston Hall
26/02/2018 Dublin Ireland National Concert Hall
27/02/2018 Belfast UK Mandela Hall
28/02/2018 Manchester UK Albert Hall
01/03/2018 Glasgow UK Royal Concert Hall
02/03/2018 Newcastle Upon Tyne UK The Sage Gateshead, Hall 1
15/03/2018 New York US Knockdown Center
16/03/2018 Washington US 9:30 Club
17/03/2018 Philadelphia US Union Transfer
18/03/2018 Boston / Cambridge US The Sinclair
19/03/2018 Boston / Cambridge US The Sinclair
23/03/2018 Toronto Canada Danforth Music Hall
27/03/2018 Twin Cities US Cedar Cultural Center
29/03/2018 Denver US Boulder Theater
01/04/2018 Vancouver Canada Vogue Theatre
03/04/2018 Portland US Revolution Hall
05/04/2018 SF Bay Area US The Ritz
06/04/2018 SF Bay Area US The Regency Ballroom
21/04/2018 Hamburg Germany Elbphilharmonie - Großer Saal
22/04/2018 Leipzig Germany Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
23/04/2018 Prague Czech Republic Lucerna Big Hall
24/04/2018 Frankfurt Germany Alte Oper
25/04/2018 Munich Germany Muffathalle
26/04/2018 Ljubljana Slovenia Kino Šiška (Centre for Urban Culture)
28/04/2018 Linz Austria Posthof - Großer Saal
29/04/2018 Graz Austria Orpheum
30/04/2018 Vienna Austria Konzerthaus
02/05/2018 Milan Italy Fabrique
03/05/2018 Zürich Switzerland X-TRA
22/05/2018 Osaka Japan Umeda Club Quattro(梅田クラブクアトロ)
23/05/2018 Tokyo Japan Liquid Room
30/05/2018 Barcelona Spain Parc del Fòrum
01/06/2018 London UK Brockwell Park
07/06/2018 Porto Portugal Unknown venue
29/06/2018 Nijmegen Netherlands Groene Heuvels
13/07/2018 Bruges Belgium Unknown venue
01/12/2018 Munich Germany Philharmonie im Gasteig