TO NILS FRAHM

by Robin Boothroyd

On Thursday I was at the Hackney Empire for the Erased Tapes 5th anniversary concert. It was a night of wonderful music, but there was no doubt who was the star of the show: Nils Frahm. His touch – here gentle, there brutal – is breathtaking. Whilst I was watching him play, mouth agape, I wrote him a poem of thanks.

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‘To Nils Frahm’

I tried to write you a poem
one that sounded like pebbles
poured onto piano strings
but I gave up
no poem could ever hum
like a sonata of stone.

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If you want to see what Nils can do live, watch this. Prepare to be amazed.

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