In a coup for antipodean audiences, internationally lauded musician and composer Nils Frahm will debut his new concert film, Tripping with Nils Frahm exclusively in Australian and New Zealand cinemas. The catch? It's happening for one weekend only.
A legendary artist at a legendary location, the film captures one of the world's most sought-after live acts performing at one of Europe's most iconic buildings - the Funkhaus Berlin.
When Nils Frahm kicked off his world tour at Funkhaus in January 2018 to bring his highly acclaimed studio album All Melody to the stage, an ambitious journey was just to begin: Over the next two years, Frahm played more than 180 sold-out performances, including the Sydney Opera House, LA's Disney Hall, the Barbican in London, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and several big festival stages around the globe. Yet the stunning setting of Funkhaus Berlin, renowned for its vintage grandeur and outstanding acoustics, and also home to Frahm's studio where All Melody was recorded, had occupied a unique place in the artist's heart.
In December 2018, Frahm returned to Funkhaus Berlin to host another set of four shows, tickets sold out within hours. Frahm's friend and film director Benoit Toulemonde captured the concerts on film, only using handheld cameras, and employing techniques he had mastered for the famous concert series La Blogotèque.
Tripping with Nils Frahm is an illustration of Nils'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 the 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," says Frahm. 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!