Interview: Nils Frahm talks synthesizers, asshole celebrities, and the humor in serious experimental music

Berlin-based experimental composer Nils Frahm will make a two-day stop in San Francisco on his latest tour at the Great American Music Hall on November 11-12. I spoke to Frahm on the phone in Berlin to talk at length about his writing process (it’s biological), his thoughts about experimental musicians in Hamburg (too serious), and the physical challenges of playing 12-minute songs (potentially injurious). The Bay Bridged: I wanted to ask you about your song writing process and what it’s like putting together such long and complex songs? Nils Frahm: They slowly develop, mostly like the world of biology. You have [...]

By |November 7, 2014|Tags: |

German composer Nils Frahm graceful, mesmerizing at the Independent

Photos by Nicole Browner Experimental German musician and composer Nils Frahm played a spectacular show Sunday night at the Independent. Onstage with a grand piano, an electric piano, two synthesizers, an old drum machine he bought at a flea market, and a number of foot pedals, the Berlin-based composer brought his songs to life using loops and contorting his body to reach from instrument to instrument. Performing before a sold-out, seated crowd, Frahm chose to play songs primarily from his 2013 LP, Spaces. Still suffering from jetlag after the long flight from Germany, Frahm politely apologized in his opening remarks for any [...]

By |March 18, 2014|Tags: |
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