Nils Frahm

A mesmerising live show from the Berlin-based pianist and synth wizard

29 October 2014 / 20:00

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An ode to the joy of live performance from the highly acclaimed young German pianist and composer, following the release of his new album, Spaces (Erased Tapes).

Nils Frahm is recognised for his unconventional approach to an age-old instrument – with surprise moments in the new album such as the sound of him banging a toilet brush on the piano strings to create a dub-sounding track – as well as his collaborations and production work for contemporaries such as Ólafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick and most recently Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire.

After his first solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells, Frahm released Felt to much critical acclaim in 2011. The album was followed by the solo synthesiser EP Juno and Screws – a birthday gift to his fans that he recorded while recovering from a thumb injury. Nils released his follow up to Juno, titled Juno Reworked, in 2013 with guest reworks by Luke Abbott and Clark.

Frahm has quickly become known for his live performances that showcase a unique combination of piano motifs on the upright, grand piano and Rhodes with heavy synthesiser sounds. Being called to perform at electronic events like Mutek, Boiler Room, Primavera and Decibel, as much as traditional concert spaces like the Royal Opera House, Frahm continues to cross musical barriers.

★★★★ Mojo ★★★★ Observer ★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ The Arts Desk

'A work of gentle genius, and one of the year’s best albums' The Quietus

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