Tripping with Nils Frahm is a stunningly shot documentary that captures one of the world’s most sought-after live acts performing at one of Berlin’s most iconic buildings, and removes us from the notion that live gigs are not a current normal, whilst entranced by Nils performance.
When Nils Frahm kicked off his world tour at Funkhaus Berlin in January 2018 to bring his highly acclaimed album All Melody to the stage, he set off to achieve something rather astounding, not lacking ambition. Over the next two years, Frahm played more than 180 sold-out performances, including the Sydney Opera House, LA’s Disney Hall, the Barbican in London, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and several big festivals stages around the globe. Yet the stunning setting of Funkhaus Berlin, renowned for its vintage grandeur and outstanding acoustics, had occupied a unique place in the artist’s heart. It was also home to Frahm’s exuberantstudio where All Melody was recorded.
In December 2018 Frahm eventually returned to Funkhaus Berlin to host another set of four shows, tickets sold out within hours. Frahm’s friend and film director Benoit Toulemonde captured the concerts on film, only using handheld cameras, employing techniques he had mastered for the concert series Soirée de Poche.
Seemingly intrusive with those handheld close ups and insightful shots, we get a real insight into the frenetic yet focussed energy of Frahm. Tripping with Nils Frahm is a showcase of Nils’s lauded ability as a composer and dynamic live artist as well as the beguiling atmosphere of his captivating Funkhaus shows.
Rare and exclusive, intimately intrusive, Toulemonde brings a Frahm gig to the screen, feeding a craving for live music. Stunningly bringing the unique gig experience to the screen, he really allows for the Nils Frahm fan to get up close and personal, specifically witnessing his entrancing show from more than a fly on piano perspective. Gliding with the shimmering synths, Thomas Lallier’s cinematography is spot on for a Frahm gig. More of this please.