BBC Proms: Nils Frahm and AWVFTS review – an evening of alternative orchestral candour

Royal Albert Hall, London

It was as strange as it was humorous. Nils Frahm, the German composer and tonight’s second headline act for Prom 27, Late Night with BBC 6 Music, had retrieved a pair of toilet brushes and had begun using them to beat the strings of his open-topped grand piano. Yet, as is this virtuoso’s way, with each twang and tremble, an inquisitive rhythm took shape. Continue reading

Piano Day: a celebration of the 88-key instrument by Nils Frahm

Old piano, Jun 26, 2011, by Jorn Idzerda (1000x563)There is an inescapable bliss to piano music. Be it a piano concerto from one of the classical masters or a modern composition, the instrument brings warmth and colour to expression.

Today, March 29, 2015, is the inaugural Piano Day. It’s not likely to be widely recognised yet, but if German composer and creator, Nils Frahm, has his way, that could soon change.

The pianist said he was looking for a significant day to release his new album, Solo. But rather than spring for a surprise release – which is becoming more and more common, especially in popular music – he decided to create his own holiday. Continue reading