Nils Frahm • September 19th • Turkcell Stage
Master of melody, builder of dreams Nils Frahm will be at Zorlu PSM as a part of Neue! Step for a revolutionary live performance on September 19!
German composer Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music, learning the piano throughout his childhood. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of classical pianists from previous generations as well as the music of contemporary composers, before forging his own musical path through composition.
Today Nils Frahm continues to work as an accomplished composer, producer and celebrated performer from his Berlin-based studio at the renowned Funkhaus. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, and on a mesmerising scale through his vast stage shows, has won him many fans around the world. Nils has gained global notoriety for his highly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, as well as a breath-taking level of emotion and personality.
Following on from his first solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells in 2009, and 2010’s 7fingers in collaboration with cellist Anne Müller, 2011 saw his break-through album Felt on Erased Tapes. Created by placing felt on the hammers of the piano, the record defines Frahm's signature sound which was a further development of the two-track experiment Unter/Über. Felt was followed by his solo synthesiser EP Juno and Wonders — a record by Oliveray, his duo project with long-time musical companion Peter Broderick. Nils then recorded the 2012 works Screws while recovering from a thumb injury, which he gifted to his fans on his birthday. Erased Tapes also released Juno Reworked featuring remixes by Luke Abbott and Clark.
2013 saw Nils return with his new album Spaces to critical acclaim, expressing his love for experimentation and answering the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his live shows. Recorded over a period of two years the album captured live performances from several of his concerts worldwide. Nils also released his first music book in the same year, Sheets Eins, publishing the sheet music for tracks such as Ambre and Said and Done for the very first time.
In 2015 Nils launched Piano Day, an official global body created by Nils and his closest friends to celebrate the piano via various innovative, piano-related projects around the world. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team was the building of the world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. It was on the slightly smaller version built by piano inventor David Klavins that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one sitting, which formed his Solo album – presented to the world on the first celebration of Piano Day.
During the same year Nils’ first film score release Music For The Motion Picture Victoria written for the one-take feature film by Sebastian Schipper, won the esteemed German Film Prize for Best Soundtrack; the soundtrack opens with an edit of Burn With Meby German producer DJ Koze. And in the summer, the BBC Proms presented a memorable performance at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall curated by BBC 6 Music radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs.
Nils celebrated his continued musical partnership with fellow artist Ólafur Arnalds with the release of their Collaborative Worksthat October and included their three previous EP releases Stare, Loon and Life Story Love and Glory, plus Trance Frendz — the audio recording of their intimate 45-minute studio film.
Following a Nils Frahm-curated Weekend Festival at London’s Barbican Centre and the release of his second published music bookSheets Zwei, 2016 saw a collaborative score with Woodkid for Ellis, a short film by French artist JR, starring and featuring spoken words by Robert De Niro.
After spending much of 2017 in hibernation in preparation for a busy period ahead, Nils will commence 2018 with his first live performances since 2015, and will embark on the beginning of a long worldwide tour entitled All Melody.
On “All Melody”
“it finds Frahm painting from a rainbow palette”
MOJO **** Lead Album of the Month
Drowned In Sound 10/10
“astounding stuff from a modern master”
The Line of Best Fit 9/10
“his most expansive music yet”
DJ Mag 9/10
“Frahm’s most significant work to date”
“one of the most vital modern day composers”
Future Music 8/10
Mixmag 9/10 Album Of The Month
“jazz, house and dub flavours orbit the classically-influenced core”
Q Mag **** Must Buy
“urge to defy expectations”
Loud & Quiet 8/10
“epic, painstakingly textured music for long winter nights”
The Big Issue
“Nils Frahm’s mesmerising piano music can bring his audience to tears”
The Sunday Times Culture
“cult king of ambient piano…the album of his career”
“once his melodies spin, there’s really no stopping them”
Sylvain Chauveau • September 10th • touché
Blending instrumental and electronic music with the spirit of a melancholic classic, French artist Sylvain Chauveau will be at touché on September 20!
Sylvain Chauveau has done several albums on Type records, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, Creative Sources and FatCat: minimal, melodic compositions for piano, strings, winds and discreet electronic sounds, with silence as a musical element in itself. He opened a few times for Sigur Ros (2002, 2003), played with Christian Fennesz (Musique Action festival 2004) and did remixes for some bands.
He composes soundtracks for Sébastien Betbeder's movies, especially for the full-length film "Nuage" (screened at the Locarno film festival 2007, released in september 2007). Film director Thomas de Thier asked him to compose the original soundtrack to his movie "Feathers in my head" (2004). He also did scores for choregraphers (Pierre Rigal / Aurélien Bory, Serge Ricci) and for performances with writers (Mark Z. Danielewski, Félicia Atkinson, Joris Lacoste) in France and abroad.
What to listen?
· Pauvre Simon
· Ferme Les Yeux
Roberto Cacciapaglia • September 24th • Turkcell Platinum Stage
Mesmerizing crowds with his mind-altering compositions, Italian composer and pianist Roberto Cacciapaglia will be at Zorlu PSM on September 24 as a part of Neue! Step.
Roberto Cacciapaglia is a key protagonist on the international scene of the most innovative music, his compositions blending electronic experimental music with the classical tradition. For many years he has been researching the power of sound, leading towards a music beyond frontiers expressed through deep emotional contact.
Cacciapaglia performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and most famous institutions in Italy and in the world, among others: Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Conservatory in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, Berliner Festspiele in Berlin and many more.
ATLAS – his latest album released in 2016 by Believe Digital – is a charming collection of 28 tracks: the greatest music by the composer enriched by two extraordinary inedited tracks – “Reverse” and “Mirabilis” – and a tribute to David Bowie: an instrumental version of “Starman”, Requiem to his memory.
Cacciapaglia is also founder of the Educational Music Academy with the aim of giving a voice to young musical talents, composers and performers, pianists and musicians in order to give shape to their projects and to achieve professional mastery in their works.
What to listen?
· Endless Time
Víkingur Ólafsson • September 27th • Turkcell Platinum Stage
With his remarkable originality and powerful musical conviction, one of the most sought-after artists of today he is today Víkingur Ólafsson will be at Zorlu PSM on September 27!
Ólafsson made an unforgettable impact with the release of his two landmark albums, Philip Glass Piano Works and Johann Sebastian Bach on Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he is an exclusive recording artist. Praised for revealing new possibilities within the music, Johann Sebastian Bach – featuring diverse original compositions and transcriptions, including Ólafsson’s own –deeply resonated with audiences and critics around the world. It appeared in multiple best albums of the year lists, was named one of the greatest ever Bach recordings in Gramophone, and won Best Instrumental and overall Album of the Year at the BBCMusic Magazine Awards 2019.
Always pushing boundaries, Ólafsson set up his own record label prior to signing to Deutsche Grammophon, created and presented the Icelandic television series on classical music, Útúrdúr, and is founder and artistic director of the award-winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music.
What to listen?
· For Johann
· BWV 974 – II Adagio – Rework
· Etudes: No.5
The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic • September 29th • Turkcell Stage
The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic have long been a prominent institution in international musical life. They have played together since 1972, appearing as an ensemble, occasionally in Berlin, often elsewhere, and quite often traveling great distances. Even their premiere concert, with its evening-long program, took place not in Berlin, but instead in Tokyo, the Japanese capital, a city with which they are still closely associated.
Naturally, every symphony orchestra has its cello section. But nowhere else in the world have the deeper, larger strings joined together to form an independent ensemble - an orchestra within an orchestra - meeting with success after success. That is why every music lover knows immediately where the "12 Cellists" come from, even if they cannot name their orchestra. They are an institution.
Their exceptional tonal and virtuosic qualities soon took worldwide concert audiences by storm, and now the 12 Cellists enjoy a remarkable international following. Whether they’re playing the classics, jazz, tango or avant-garde, listeners are invariably fascinated by the wide range of unique and intoxicating timbres that these twelve cellos can produce, and their mixture of seriousness and humour, of depth and lightness, appeals to audiences of all ages. Among the contemporary composers who have written works specially for the “12” are Boris Blacher, Jean Françaix, Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Brett Dean, Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann, Frangis Ali-Sade, Christian Jost, Kaija Saariaho and Tan Dun. They have accompanied the German president as ambassadors of Berlin and appeared on several occasions at the Japanese Imperial Palace. Their CDs regularly make the charts and in 2001, 2005 and 2017 were awarded the "Echo Klassik" prize.
The group's personnel has changed over the years; founders have entered retirement, and younger colleagues have also moved on. Continuity and renewal have formed a productive alliance in the history of the 12 Cellists - as you can hear for yourselves.
Peter Broderick • September 11th • %100 Studio • 360º Performance
A mellow rendez-vous with a highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist – Peter Broderick will be at %100 Studio on September 11 as a part of Neue! Step!
Born in 1987, Peter Broderick is an American-born multi-instrumentalist and singer, brought up in a musical household in Oregon. In his later teenage years he became entwined in the indie folk scene in Portland, recording for the likes of M. Ward, Laura Gibson and Dolorean.
2007 saw Broderick move across the ocean to Denmark, where he began a long collaboration with the band Efterklang, touring the world with them for the next five years. Meanwhile he recorded several albums of solo material, ranging from the sparse classical compositions of his debut album Float to the homemade folk music on Home — constantly experimenting with different musical genres, and also being commissioned to write music for several films and contemporary dance works. He then lived in Berlin for several years where he met and collaborated with many like-minded artists including German pianist Nils Frahm under the name Oliveray and Englishman Greg Haines as Greg Gives Peter Space.
Now known as one of the label’s veteran recording artist, Broderick joined Erased Tapes with his wanderings into the realms of film, dance and documentary scores.
Held together by a dialogue of voices, his 2012 album These Walls Of Mine reveals Peter’s innermost thoughts in an exploration from gospel and soul to spoken word, beatboxing and rap. Returning to his home where his musical journey began, Peter completed the circle with the release of Float 2013. Encouraged by label founder Robert Raths the album was given a “second chance“ with the help of Nils Frahm who remastered the record.
Peter continues to travel the world, performing solo concerts and collaborating with a vast array of different musicians and artists. 2017 marks the birth of Allred & Broderick — a new duo project between Broderick and his musical partner David Allred.
What to listen?
· Eyes Closed and Travelling
· Fragment II
· And It’s Alright (Nils Frahm Remix)
Injazero Records Showcase • September 18th • %100 Studio • 360º Performance
An independent label based in London & Istanbul specialising in experimental, electronic, ambient and neo-classical music,Injazero Records is inviting you for a special showcase! Matt Emery, Heinali and C. Diab will be at %100 Studio on September 18 for a 360º immersive experience!
Melancholia, jubilation, tension, beauty, dark ambience are all deftly navigated in Matt Emery’s beautiful compositions. Delivered with the sombre grace of heavyweights such as Ryuichi Sakamoto or Ludovico Einaudi, and possessing a singularity akin to Lubomyr Melnyk or Bing and Ruth, there is a devastating depth of sentiment in his music.
Oleg Shpudeiko has sailed through a multitude of musical ports in his previous works. Now composing as Heinali, much of his commercial and commissioned work for film, television and dance evokes the string-orientated subtlety and tenderness of Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter or film score great Hans Zimmer. By the mid-2010’s Shpudeiko felt Heinali had completed the “shift away from the modern-classical aesthetic”. His output now embodies as much processed-sound electroacoustic explorations as gentle solo piano; as much challenging music as sombre or serene music that bring to mind Ben Frost or Oneohtrix Point Never.
Solo bowed guitar and trumpet player C. Diab creates in his music something comparable to the remote and otherworldly beauty of his surroundings in Port Hardy, Vancouver. He calls his style of playing as ‘post-classical grunge’ which is as longing and expressive as solo cello, droning as leftfield ambient music, moving as film score and cathartic as religious song. C. Diab released his first LP ‘No Perfect Wave’ via Injazero Records in 2016 to much critical acclaim and was included in Drowned in Sound’s and Norman Records’ best albums of the year list. He followed it up with ‘Exit Rumination’ in 2018 and a sold out show in London in 2018.
What to listen?
· Empire – Daigo Hanada Remix
Douglas Dare • September 24th • %100 Studio • 360º Performance
Inviting you on his journey of creating immersive soundscapes using poetry and melody, London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare will be at %100 Studio as a part of Neue! Step on September 14!
The son of a piano teacher, Douglas began composing instrumental music from a young age, but it was not until studying popular music at University in Liverpool in 2008 that he began songwriting. Douglas’ rich and haunting vocals are combined with lyrics crafted from his own poems and short prose, a writing style that gives his intimate songs wisdom far beyond his 23 years. His elegantly moody, piano-based songs and haunting voice drew comparisons to artists such as Thom Yorke and James Blake, and in 2013 attracted the attention of Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths. After supporting Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm on their recent tours, 2014 saw the release of his debut album Whelm to critical acclaim. Collaborating with percussionist and producer Fabian Prynn, Dare crafted the dark, intimate ten-song album.
His second album Aforger, released in 2016, was mixed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. The album, which sets music to Dare’s original poems, is a marked evolution from his debut; not only sonically, with both a brass ensemble and choir featured in a number of songs, but also lyrically he’s head in a more candid and vulnerable direction.
What to listen?
· Swim (Rival Consoles Remix)
Hayden Thorpe • September 26th • %100 Studio • 360º Performance
Former frontman for the acclaimed British indie band Wild Beasts, Hayden Thorpe will be at Zorlu PSM on September 26 with his immersive 360º stage performance – performing his debut record “Diviner”!
First known as the falsetto-voiced frontman for acclaimed, idiosyncratic U.K. indie group Wild Beasts, Hayden Thorpe continued to explore some of the same themes such as desire and masculinity as a solo artist. On releases such as 2019’s Diviner, he took his music in a more intimate, but just as distinctive, direction.
Diviner is a deeply emotional album: lyrically generous in its candid tone and self-awareness, the melodies resonant with sense memory. Weaving piano, ambient guitar drifts, rainbow chords, propulsive bass lines and cosmic synth washes are some of the brushstrokes while the songs often twist and turn, confounding sonic expectations. It feels like a startling departure from Thorpe’s previous work and also unlike anything else being made at the moment. Throughout the record, his voice is a beacon, sounding even more powerfully unfettered than before, as if he’d found a new inner voice, a new way to use his instrument.
What to listen?
· Love Crimes
· Earthly Needs
One of the most talented and experienced DJs of Turkey, Mabbas is known for his sets filled with contemporary hidden gems of electronic music and a dark, dynamic techno tone that predominantly features strong rhythms. On September 20th, Mabbas will set aside his signature eclectic transition between different genres, for an unforgettable “ Constant Sorrow Electronica - All Night Long Set” set that will deeply effect the audience under the concept of "Sad Techno" for Neue! Step.
Light & Visuals By Sadık Avcı
minimal + deep tech + techno + electro