Nils Frahm, born on September 20th, 1982, had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.
Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio, where he has worked and collaborated with many contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang and Dustin O’Halloran amongst other fellow musicians. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans including Thom Yorke, who featured one of Nils’ songs in Radiohead’s HQ office chart.
In fall 2012 Nils Frahm suffered a painful accident after falling out of his bunk bed and breaking his left thumb – a disaster of epic proportions. After having four screws inserted into his thumb during surgery, the thirty year old was told to rest by a doctor, and to stay away from any kind of physical piano playing activity during the recovery period. The whole scenario of having a break – in more ways than one – is a musician’s worst nightmare come true. Any physical injury is a bad omen, especially with an avalanche of a schedule, not to mention the multiple upcoming performances on the near horizon. Fortunately, the doctor’s orders could not contain or even come close to preventing the power of music waiting for release. Facing the dry prospect of months without his piano, these were doctor’s orders that were never going to be obeyed. As a musician, Nils couldn’t resist.
Any negativity, mental agony and physical pain must have been erased, at least temporarily, as Frahm recorded these relatively short, but nonetheless incredibly beautiful piano compositions. The real sparkle to this brevity is that we are left wanting more, much more. Temptingly, the desire for just one more note lies slightly out of reach, but when listened to in its entirety, Screws ensures that our satiation is completely fulfilled. Once out of his cast, nine adored pieces were conceived, one representing each finger. Maybe the music is the medicine, a sipped spoonful of music helping the medicine to go down, because luckily for us the result is a dreamy dosage, played bravely, and unnoticeably, with nine fingers.
“i am sitting in front of a sheet of paper. my right hand is bending over my left thumb. the first day i got out of my cast i could bend it by 15°. now i am already at 50° and that makes me happy. things are going uphill…
as you can imagine, it is really bad news for a pianist when he gets diagnosed with a broken thumb. that day i was sitting in the emergency room, feeling rather dizzy while thinking of a zillion shows coming up and all the people involved around it. i realised in that moment how busy things have become. it is hard to turn down interesting projects and opportunities, since i surely love my work. it actually never felt like work. playing piano and playing it for wonderful people is the greatest joy i can imagine.
for a couple of days i felt like this all could be over. how pathetic. but hey – also feeling sorry for yourself has its place somewhere. all of a sudden i had so much time, an unexpected holiday. i cancelled most of my schedule and found myself being a little bored. even though my doctor told me not to touch a piano for a while, i just couldn’t resist. i started playing a silent song with 4 fingers on my left and the remaining 5 on my right hand. i set up one microphone and recorded another tune every other night before falling asleep.
the day i got rid of my cast i had recorded 9 little tunes. they have helped me feel less annoyed about my accident and reminded me that any good is something i can only achieve, when i am making the most out of what i’ve got.
thank you all for listening!
with lots of love,
Even with the disadvantage of a break, Frahm’s piano retains the sublime tone we are all familiar with, and it’s completely gorgeous. It’s also an inspiring listen, for our reactions often define us. If only for a second, they show the world who we really are. On Screws, Nils Frahm shows a bravery and an admirable determination that isn’t only chosen; it’s in the blood.
These are qualities not wholly unique to music; they often mirror our own souls in life. Screws is both a mirror, and music of belief, desire but above all, true love.
- James Catchpole for Fluid Radio
Korres, set up in 1996, is a Greek skincare brand with roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy. Based on its pharmacy experience in over 3,000 homeopathic remedies of herbal origin, Korres is focusing on primary and applied research regarding natural ingredients and formulae. The company today offers a natural and certified organic skin & hair care range, a make-up line as well as suncare products and herbal preparations
Korres´Vetiver is a very masculine fragrance with earthy, woody tones of vetiver, green tea and cedar. The Eau de Toilette is free of phthalates, polycyclic musk compounds, propylene glycol, ethanolamines, PCMs and PEGs.
Vetiver Root: Evocative of fertile earth and moist wood, the essence deriving from the thin aromatic roots of the Vetiver plant. Rich, heavy, warm, sensual, the essential oil of this Asian grass is known as the Oil of Tranquility in India.
Green Tea: Pure and earthy made with leaves of Camelia Sinensis maintaining the rejuvenating feel of Green Tea. An aromatic blend that refreshes the skin and enhances inspiration, as dictated by the art of tea drinking.
Cedarwood: A Cedar native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria and Morocco, sought after since antiquity for its aroma and endurance. Warm, deep almost opulent as its wood, this stimulating scent evokes a tranquil mood, loosening the spirit.
based in Paris’ main fashion street, rue Saint-Honoré, Astier de Villatte is a treasure trove of home accessories displayed with the eclectic charm of a vintage shop. Originally focused on tableware, the cult brand has now begun to create its own fragrances, bottled in suitably chic mouth-blown glass flacons from Florence, and looking as if they too have been unearthed in an antique shop. Top perfumer Françoise Caron created the colognes that are lasting but not overpowering with classic, clean aromas.
Oulan Bator Incense
Wild escape upon a desert steppe. An encampment, a herd of goats. Crude, supple leather steepedin tobacco and wood smoke from the campfires. Ambergris and Angelica Root essence. Box of 120 sticks.
Leading Scandinavian design company “Playsam” creates innovative and timeless wooden toys for the young and the young at heart. With each and every toy, Playsam not only strives for physical functionality, but also for an art form that challenges pre-existing artistic concepts and conventions.
The mission is to shape executive wooden toys that exude charm and charisma while simultaneously stimulating the very soul of Playsams audience. The products’ capacity to appeal to the mind’s eye is equally as significant as their bright and glossy surfaces.
The aim is to engage those individuals who welcome a visual challenge, demand superb quality and crave intellectual creativity — in short, lovers of executive Scandinavian design. And during over twenty years of business, doing exactly this by inspiring individuals all around the world with artistic aesthetics and ageless designs.
This simple, yet sophisticated version of the quintessential rocking horse is one of Playsam´s classics and will be for generations to come.
Sunday the 16th of December 2001, Björk and her entourage consisting of harpist Zeena Parkins, electronic duo Matmos, conductor Simon Lee and a choir handpicked for this tour from Greenland, performed live at the Royal Opera House in London, UK. Also featured on the DVD, is an extra 30 minutes of added bonus material filmed by Icelander Ragga Gestsdóttir on different locations during the 2001 Vespertine tour around the world, featuring Björk, Matmos, Zeena Parkins, Simon Lee, and the Greenland Choir. With this concert Björk had become the first ever contemporary pop artist to perform in the Royal Opera House.
documentaries on the DVD:
Founded in 1884, by the inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds of two brothers, Carrière Frères Industrie is the keeper of wax craftsmanship from the XVIII century. At the dawn of the industrial revolution, obsessed with patents and new inventions, the Carrière brothers revamped wax-making. They pioneered the famous Carrière night-light, which burned for six hours with a constant beam and without smoke, and turned the indoor candles into an object of comfort and quality.
Erudite and demanding the Carrière brothers developed and modernized the manufacturing secrets they inherited from past wax masters. They selected the finest waxes and the most durable wicks, and brought them to the masses. Fascinated by Botanic, they strenuously sought out a formula for a purely vegetal wax. The result was a recipe, free of paraffin and other petrochemical derivates, which does not produce smoke or unpleasant odours, and is easily blended with perfume. This wax, still used today in the fabrication of the Carrière Frères candles, allows for their slow combustion and clean burning.
Centuries of botanists and explorers have enriched Carrière Frères Industries scented candles. Soliflore scents, inspired by exotic or indigenous oils, and reminiscent of the romantic “language of flowers”, in vogue during ‘la Belle Epoque’. The candles evoke the flower markets of Les Halles of Paris, where at the turn of the XIX century, the most beautiful and rare specimens were brought from faraway lands.
The “Bark” is a specialty from the Berlin based chocolate manufactory Erich Hamann. It is a carefully rolled and delicately layered chocolate with fine interstices. Thus their appearance reminds of the bark of a tree.
Nói Síríus [noːuɪ siːriʏs] is a family-owned chocolate and confection manufacturer in Iceland that was founded in 1920. Hallgrímur Benediktsson took over as main owner in the 1920s, and his grandson, Finnur Geirsson, is the company’s current president. Nói Síríus is Iceland’s biggest candy producer and its candies have been a traditional part of camping trips since 1933.
Created more than 120 years ago, the famous “Papier d’Arménie” booklet contains detachable strips of brown perfumed paper. It is still produced in the same factory in Montrouge, where only traditional manufacturing methods are used.
The paper owes its unique pleasant fragrance to benzoin resin. Without it, “Papier d’Arménie” would never have become what it is. Whilst on a trip to Armenia, Auguste Ponsot discovered the resin’s disinfecting qualities and subsequently decided to introduce them to France. Renowned since ancient times for its antiseptic, healing and expectorant properties, benzoin balm has been traditionally applied externally to treat asthma, coughs and hoarseness.