German composer and pianist Nils Frahm broke his silence and released a new album to celebrate 2020’s Piano Day. Titled Empty, it is out now via Bandcamp. He explains: “Despite the troubled times or even more than ever we should turn to music to find a sense of calm or inspiration.
Piano Day was launched in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano. This year’s holiday will be different from the ones before – but still I’m happy to celebrate the piano and everything around it, and share a new album plus some more exciting news with you today. Stay safe and strong out there, and enjoy the music.”
“Piano Day is obviously the perfect occasion to share some music with you. A couple of years ago, after a long French-style dinner with my dear friend and film director Benoit Toulemonde, I started to set up the recording of what would become the music for our short film, ‘Empty’. You may have never heard of it because its unusual editing techniques – showing completely black images for minutes, playing only music – never made it into a big “box office hit”…
Without much pulling the music fell out of the piano these nights… Many many other notes of the piano have been struck since these days, and before we all forget about this, I thought it would be a good moment to share these lullabies with you. I hope they help you stay all strong and calm in these days of solitude – despite the hardship, we can discover introspection and reflection unexpectedly. Who knows what it is good for.”