Critically acclaimed composer Nils Frahm turns intimate performance into cinematic experience with brand-new concert film and live album

(November 17, 2020 — Berlin, Germany) Nils Frahm is the subject of a concert film that features the award-winning composer and record producer performing at Funkhaus Berlin, one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

The upcoming film, Tripping with Nils Frahm, is set to premiere globally online on December 3, 2020, and will be accompanied with a live album to be released on the same day. Produced by LEITER in association with PLAN B ENTERTAINMENT (owned by Academy Award winners Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleine a.k.a. the team behind Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave, Selma), the film features stunning live footage of Frahm’s world tour, which began at Funkhaus Berlin in January 2018 to bring his highly acclaimed album All Melody to the stage, playing more than 180 sold-out performances including at the Sydney Opera House, LA’s Disney Hall, the Barbican in London, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and several big festivals stages around the globe over the next two years. Yet the stunning setting of Funkhaus Berlin, renowned for its vintage grandeur and outstanding acoustics, and also home to Frahm’s magnificent studio where All Melody was recorded, had occupied a unique place in the artist’s heart.

Tripping with Nils Frahm is an illustration of Frahm’s lauded ability as a composer and passionate live artist as well as the enchanting atmosphere of his captivating, and already legendary Funkhaus shows: An extraordinary musical trip—rare and exclusive, close and intimate, bringing a unique concert experience to screen.

“It was about time to document my concerts in picture and sound, trying to freeze a moment of this period where my team and I were nomads, using any method of travel to play yet another show the next day. Maybe tonight is the night where everything works out perfectly and things fall into place? Normally things go wrong with concerts, but by combining our favorite moments of four performances, we were able to achieve what I was trying to do in these two years of touring: getting it right! When you hear the applause at the end of the film you should know that I was smiling happily, being a tad proud and feeling blessed to share these moments with you,” writes Frahm.

The concert film was shot in Funkhaus Berlin in December 2018, where Nils Frahm performed four fast-selling sold-out shows. Frahm’s friend and film director Benoit Toulemonde—a collaborator since 2011—captured the concerts on film, only using handheld cameras, and employing techniques he had mastered for the concert series Soirée de Poche, which featured some of the world’s most popular artists.

The film premieres December 3 exclusively on the global streaming service MUBI. The live album of the same name will be out on ERASED TAPES. Info and trailers will be available on online from November 19. Please feel free to tag @leiterverlag and use #nilsfrahm in your socials.

About Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm is one of the most exciting sound explorers of our time. When it comes to defining the space between classical and electronic music, hardly any other name is mentioned as often as that of the Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, and his eclectic and distinctive compositions has won him legions of fans around the world. Nils Frahm is renowned for his highly-developed sense of control and restraint in his work, as well as for breath-taking levels of emotion and personality.

His film credits include the Music For The Motion Picture Victoria, his first film score release, written for the one-take feature film by Sebastian Schipper which won the esteemed German Film Prize for Best Soundtrack. Following a Nils Frahm-curated weekend festival at London’s Barbican Centre, 2016 saw a collaborative score with Woodkid for Ellis, a short film by French artist JR featuring Robert De Niro. Other film work includes contributions to James Gray’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt and Julian Rosefeldt‘s Manifesto with Cate Blanchett. A few years ago, Nils Frahm became the proud host of Saal 3, an impressive studio in the historical 1950s East German Funkhaus building in Berlin. His highly acclaimed 2018 album, All Melody, was born out of the freedom that his new environment provided, allowing Frahm to explore without any restrictions.