Today sees the release of the concert film and live album Tripping with Nils Frahm.
When Nils kicked off his world tour at Funkhaus Berlin in January 2018 to bring his highly acclaimed album All Melody to the stage, an ambitious journey was just to begin: Over the next two years, he played more than 180 sold-out performances, including the Sydney Opera House, LA’s Disney Hall, the Barbican in London, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Yet the stunning setting of Funkhaus Berlin, renowned for its vintage grandeur and outstanding acoustics, and also home to Nils’ studio where All Melody was recorded, had occupied a unique place in the artist’s heart.
In December 2018, Nils eventually returned to Funkhaus Berlin to host another set of four shows. His 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.
Tripping with Nils Frahm is produced by LEITER in association with Plan B. The film is now showing on the global streaming service MUBI. The live album of the same name is out on Erased Tapes.
“Given the current situation and restrictions on our social life, it kind of feels like a document from another time or even another universe. But in fact, it’s not that long ago that my team and I were nomads, using any method of travel to play yet another show the next day. The film was shot by my friend Benoit Toulemonde and his wonderful team during our performances at Funkhaus Berlin in December 2018. Manually operated cameras were placed in the audience, carefully hidden to not disturb the listeners. It was about time to capture my concerts in picture and sound, trying to freeze a moment of a two-year journey around the globe.
Maybe tonight is the night where everything works out perfectly, and things fall into place? Usually, things go wrong with concerts, so 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 on these recordings, you should know that I was smiling happily, being a tad proud and feeling blessed to share these moments with you.
Watch the film on MUBI
Listen to the album
Watch single ‘Fundamental Values’
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