Critically acclaimed composer Nils Frahm turns intimate performance into cinematic experience with brand-new concert film and live album
Published · Saturday, November 28, 2020 11:11 AM
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 trippingwithnilsfrahm.com online from November 19. Please feel free to tag @leiterverlag and use #nilsfrahm in your socials.