Legendary German Artist Nils Frahm brings intimate concert experience to screen

A legendary artist at a legendary location: Globally acclaimed composer and record producer Nils Frahm takes the center stage of an upcoming concert film shot primarily in Funkhaus Berlin. Tripping with Nils Frahm, a visual extravaganza that features stunning live footage of Frahm’s world tour and intimate performance at one of the city’s most iconic buildings, will premiere globally online on December 3, 2020. An accompanying live album will 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 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. 

In December 2018, Nils Frahm eventually returned to Funkhaus Berlin to host another set of four shows, tickets sold out within hours. 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 SoirĂ©e de Poche, which featured some of the world’s most popular artists.

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,” shares Frahm. 

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.

RELEASE TIMELINE:

  • Nov 19th 2020 First announcement and first trailer — LINK
  • Nov 23th 2020 Second trailer (to be shared)
  • Nov 26th 2020 First single release and film snippet out on YouTube - PRE-SAVE LINK
  • Dec 3rd 2020 Film and live album release date 
  • Dec 10th 2020 2nd film snippet on YouTube for promotional purposes (with link to Mubi)

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. 

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