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NILS FRAHM Solo

Nils Frahm reveals free new album 'Solo' in celebration of Piano Day and invites fans to donate to help build the
tallest piano in the world!

LABEL: Erased Tapes RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2015 (Piano Day) CAT.NO: ERATP065 CD/LP/DL EAN: 4050486110195

Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become known as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core.
Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends to house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project
revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be the worlds tallest piano: the Klavins 450.

As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in
Germany, Tbingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are about 10 feet in length. And it was on this piano that
Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one sitting, which form his free new album, Solo.

Once recorded, Nils began to think of ways to release the album as a gift to his fans, similarly to his 2012 release Screws, and thats
when Nils came up with the idea of Piano Day.

With a target of 120.000 euros to reach, Nils eases his fans into sharing their money for the project with this free release. All direct
donations and a portion from any record sales will go to the Klavins 450 project until the target has been hit.

Solo is available for free download in 24-bit and mp3 format via www.pianoday.org

Fans can also purchase the album on Vinyl, CD and DL via Erased Tapes worldwide.

TRACK LISTING:

01. Ode
02. Some
03. Circling
04. Merry
05. Chant
06. Wall
07.Immerse!
08. Four Hands

LINER NOTES:
Situated in Germany, Tbingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high: the Klavins M370 is probably the largest upright piano there is. Its
longest strings are about 10 feet in length.

This colossus was initially built to evaluate a useful maximum size of the piano. Driven by the assumption that pianos could sound
better, David got to work in 1985 and finished his instrument 2 years later. Back then I was 5 years old, having no idea how much I
would fall in love with it.

When I finally met David Klavins and his enormous piano 27 years later, in the very beginning of 2014, I arrived with empty hands. I
didn't know what music, what songs I was about to record in the next 3 days.

Every piano has unique features and certain strengths. Some have more, some have less of them, but there is no bad piano out there,
although I do moan about them almost all the time. Some simply hide their secrets better than others. These thoughts made me start to
write music when I am with the particular instrument, the tape running.

The 8 pieces featured on this album were selected out of hours of improvising, happy hours as I recollect. The joy of playing and
listening to the sound of the instrument made me play slower and slower, softer and softer, as almost every new note was destroying
the immense beauty and sustain of the previous note. I was preparing the instrument with parts of my felt collection, carefully tuning mic
positions with the help of my dear friend and recording gear wizard Matthias Hahn and simply playing whatever came to my mind. In
conversations about this I am still struggling for words in order to praise Davids instrument. Words simply dont do it justice, so listen for
yourself.
With lots of love, Nils Frahm

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