In celebration of Piano Day, Nils Frahm has surprised us by releasing a new album. This one is described as “an unheard snapshot of a young Nils.”
The record is simply entitled Graz. New isn’t probably the right word to describe it because the album was recorded in 2009 at Mutmuth, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. It was recorded as a part of the thesis Conversations for Piano and Room by Thomas Geiger who produced the record.
In a press release for the album, Frahm explained that “sometimes when you hear a piano, you might think it’s a conversation between a woman and a man. At the same time, it can hint at shapes of the universe and describe how a black hole look. You can make sounds that have no relation to anything we can measure.”
It was his first record for the Erased Tapes label, but it never saw the light of day. The pianist preferred to focus on the creation of his first album Felt which was released in 2011.
Piano Day was founded in 2015 by a group of people including Frahm and it takes place on the 88th day of the year. They choose the 88th day because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.
Nils Frahm is a German musician, composer, and record producer. He started to learn piano throughout his childhood and began to immerse himself in classical music as well as contemporary music. With that, he created his musical path through composition. He also had the occasion to work with notable performers such as Woodkid, Anne Müller, or F.S. Blumm.
Listen to his Graz album here: