LIVE REVIEW: Nils Frahm @ Sage Gateshead (02.03.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Nils Frahm, a trailblazer within the growing neo-classical piano scene, has roused excited whispers nationwide in anticipation of his Sage Gateshead performance. His acceleration to fame from left-field has made him a modern muse and thinking person’s celebrity. Based in Berlin under enigmatic London-based record label Erased Tapes, Frahm’s visionary All Melody tour transcends barriers of age and music taste, luring a diverse audience.

With a set that is truly genre defying, he fuses minimalist piano compositions with anthemic ambient beats and precise electronic manipulation. Frahm’s slight frame is dwarfed by towering vintage instruments and cutting-edge equipment of his own invention, specially built in his Funkhaus studio. Hall One’s meticulously calibrated acoustics perfectly compliment his innovative techniques, and his frenetic hop around Frankenstein’s laboratory of keyboards, dials and switches.

With infectious charm and deadpan humour, Frahm shares a private joke with the audience with a ‘faux’ finale, and plays all of his most popular works to an adoring crowd (infamous toilet brushes included). Mesmerising light effects make the show dramatic, atmospheric and completely immersive. Jaw dropping, eye popping; this is a show to remember for the rest of your life.

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