The revered German composer Nils Frahm’s stage setup in the National Concert Hall was a dual one. A large modular synth setup which included a link to an off-stage high-maintenance organ and a grand piano was complemented by a smaller setup of differing-sized pianos where the musician, whose fine new album All Melody was just released, retreated to for the quieter parts, and all lit warmly by fireside-coloured lights.

From the modular side, his set came across as a mix between some crazy 50s sci-fi professor at his bank of buttons, and then a virtuoso when he just let rip with his piano skills. He reserved these mostly for the more intimate moments – though he dropped between both during many songs.

As expected, a lot of the new album was present and the warmest parts of the night. Deep bass sounds were dug up. Between the bigger, louder ‘acts’ within the set were pockets of solo playing so delicate it felt as if they were played on a knife edge.

The continual development of these songs means that nothing you hear live sounds like the recorded versions. The concert itself, almost like one of his improv albums. His humorous mood when talking kept the feeling light but we were still lost in the sounds when he pulled it all back to a barely perceptible key strike, or hit us full on with a vast wall of sound. A considered, warm evening that fit hand-in-glove with the venue, on a pre-cold snap Monday.

You can catch Nils Frahm live at All Together Now Festival which takes place from August 3rd to 5th at Curraghmore Estate, Waterford.
Early Bird tickets are on sale now from €149.50 via Campervan Passes are priced at €60.00 also from

Posted on February 27th, 2018



The line-up has been announced for new Irish festival All Together Now which takes place from August 3rd to 5th at Curraghmore Estate, County Waterford.

Line-up Features:
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Underworld
  • Roisín Murphy
  • Mura Masa
  • First Aid Kid
  • Chaka Khan
  • Nils Frahm
  • Mogwai
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • The New Power Generation
  • Groove Armada (DJ set)
  • Kelela
  • The Black Madonna
  • Booka Shade
  • Hot Chip Megamix
  • Maribou State
  • Ghost Poet
  • Talos
  • Saul Williams
  • Jape
  • This Is The Kit
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Saint Sister
  • Shanti Celeste
  • Grand Brothers
  • Booka Brass
  • Whenyoung
  • Fish Go Deep
  • Biig Piig
  • David Keenan
  • Nialler9

Early Bird tickets are on sale Friday February 23rd priced from €149.50 via Campervan Passes are priced at €60.00 also from

Posted on February 19th, 2018


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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


Nils Frahm – All Melody

A sprawling beauty of an album from composer and musician Nils Frahm. All Melody was recorded in his studio in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin which took advantage of reverb chambers and the space of the old place along with contributions from other musicians gives the album an endlessly exploratory feel and at 75 minutes that’s what it needs. It moves between ambient, classical and electronic, and the lines are increasingly smudged of those archetypes. It’s Frahm embracing possibilities in his compositions while still maintaining his owwn sonic imprint.

Listen on Spotify


Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo

Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin return with a second album of psychedelic laid-back band music. The band meld “60’s Thai funk, 70’s Persian rock music, and 80’s Algerian symphonia” with light funk and improvisational touches while the rhythm section keep things rolling nicely. More of a background groove than a marquee sound but it’s very effective. Live, I hear it comes into its own. They play Dublin on Sunday March 4th in Whelans.

Listen on Spotify.


Cadence Weapon – Cadence Weapon

The return of Rollie Pemberton to a full-length album after a number of years away finds the Montreal-based Edmonton artist in his best form since his breakthrough second album Afterparty Babies in 2007. That record explored family and community and there’s similar themes at play here – with Rollie reflecting on being an independent artist and making his way in the world as one, the community and parties around him and his place in it. Production is tight and airy with a beat by Kaytrananda on ‘My Crew’ and nods to the laconic production style of Future and Migos among beats built around jazz and funk chords. The presence of Blue Hawaii, Brendan Philip and Deradoorian add some vocal texture to a confident and unique artist. A welcome return.

Listen on Spotify


Palmbomen II – Memories of Cindy

A compilation of four EPs from the LA-based Dutch artist Palmbomen II with a concept around a eulogy to a character called Cindy told through a “surreal, neo-noir lens.” and released over the last five years. Musically, that means lo-fi house, new age melodies, and soft-glow electronica with ambience and nods to AFX-style acid. Highlights include ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Love Story Fantasy’.

Listen on Spotify


Robert John Ardiff – Between The Bed and Room

As premiered last week, Come On Live Long singer Robert John Ardiff released a debut solo album Between The Bed and Room.

The ambience throughout the album is soothing and emotive, reflecting the honest sound that Ardiff set out to depict.

“I wanted to create something that sounded like it was made by a human sitting in a room playing songs. I limited the recording process to 12 tracks per song and used all analog gear like the synths, the acoustic instruments tascam 12 track onto which everything was recorded. The results are lo-fi but I feel I have achieved what I set out to do. The songs are ones that I have carried in my pocket for a long time. Some of them are about growing up in a small Irish village, while others explore themes of love, betrayal and understanding.”

The album also features collaborations with other artists such as Ken McCabe, Rob McComish, Niall Colreavy, Louisa Carroll, John Carney, Paul Kenny, Stuart McMahon.


Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain

A solo soundtrack-style LP from the Chromatics/Glass Candy/ Italians Do It Better composer/musician/producer explores the concept of precipitation in sound through evocative instrumental ambient synths. It’s the followup to last year’s Windswept which featured tracks Jewel made for the Twin Peaks revisited soundtrack. Still no sign of the Chromatics’ Dear Tommy however.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on January 30th, 2018


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Nils Frahm’s new album All Melody was one we picked to look forward to this year but we didn’t have long to wait.

As it’s out Friday, the Berlin-based composer is currently streaming the new album on NPR this week and it’s a super listen so far.

It was recorded in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin as NPR explains:

Frahm’s new album, All Melody was crafted at Saal 3, a vintage studio space he was offered in an old East Berlin broadcast facility built in the 1950s.

A gear-head, Frahm moved many of his retro synthesizers and processors, plus pipe organ and pianos, to the studio. The space includes a series of reverb chambers, where sounds can be pumped into large reverberant spaces and get pushed back to the control room. Still, with every gadget and cable in place, Frahm admits in the liner notes that the album didn’t turn out like he had planned.

This time Frahm isn’t the only one making those melodies. Unlike his past solo albums, where he was self-sufficient, Frahm invited friends into Saal 3 to play bass marimba, percussion, trumpet, cello and viola. There’s even a small choir, Shards, whose members sing in atmospheric, wordless vocalese – sometimes with hints of Meredith Monk, as on the album opener, “The Whole Universe Wants to be Touched.”

It’s a long listen at 75 minutes but it’s the kind you can let wash over you.
Listen at NPR

Frahm lands in Dublin for a sold out show on Monday 26 February.

Posted on January 22nd, 2018


German musician and composer Nils Frahm  will play National Concert Hall’s Perspective Series next year onMonday 26 February 2018.

Frahm’s All Melody World Tour will cost €30 +fees and tickets available this Friday June 23 at 10am NCH Tel: 01 417 00 00 or

Just last week, Quinton Campbell dropped an edit of a Nils Frahm track.

NOther concerts as part of the NCH Perspective Series 2017/2018 in include Kamasi Washington, 29th June, Kristin Hersh, 23rd July, Magentic Fields: 50 Song Memoir 28th and 29th August, leader of David Bowie’s Blackstar band, saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band, 23rd and 24thOctober 2017, In My Mind Thelonious Monk at Town Hall 1959, 2nd November, An Evening with Pat Metheny, 13th November 8pm, Brad Mehldau Trio, 8th May and Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI and invited musicians from Syria, Israel, Turkey, Morocco, Greece and Aremenia Homage to Syria Orient-Occident, 28th June 2018.


Posted on June 20th, 2017



Quinton Campbell is one of the more interesting and talented dancefloor producers to have emerged from the Dublin scene of late.

For me, it began with ‘FM Patterns’, a nine-minute bleeping synth track that set him part from the pack and ended up on my Irish songs of the year list.

A winner of 2016’s AVA Emerging Producer Award, Campbell has made two edits for his DJ sets that he’s sharing here. The first is a beefier version of Nils Frahm’s ‘Say’ which kicks and builds in a way the original does not. Secondly, there’s his take on the percussive sensual house track by Entro Senestre ‘Rosegold’.

Get them both below.

Next up for Campbell is Antics 2nd Birthday in Maynooth this weekend and then Kahuna in Louth.

Posted on June 16th, 2017


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Nils Frahm is the latest collaborator on DJ Shadow’s upcoming The Mountain Will Fall album to get a public preview after last month’s excellent Run The Jewels tune.

‘Bergschrund’ features the Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Frahm going to town with Shadow on some percussive rhythms and synths as opposed to the piano music he’s known for.

“Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer. He created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which I then expanded upon, hopefully to complimentary effect. Our track is called ‘Bergschrund,’ an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations.”

Other guests on the album include Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and Bleep Boop. It’s out June 24th on Mass Appeal.


1. The Mountain Will Fall
2. Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels
3. Three Ralphs
4. Bergschrund feat. Nils Frahm
5. The Sideshow feat. Ernie Fresh
6. Depth Charge
7. Mambo
8. Ashes To Oceans feat. Matthew Halsall
9. Pitter Patter feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop
10. California
11. Ghost Town
12. Suicide Pact
13. Swerve (iTunes Bonus Track)

Posted on June 8th, 2016


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Nils Frahm will release a book featuring 11 pieces of sheet music on June 29th. Sheets Zwei will include photos and art by Nils’ dad Klaus Frahm (a series called Fragments shot in Portugal) along with instructions and diagrams on how to create Nils’ signature sound ‘Una Corda’.

Sheets Zwei is published by Manners McDade, distributed by Faber Music and includes a download of music transcribed in the book, from Erased Tapes Records.

Tracks in the Sheets Zwei include: Me, Hammers, Circling, La, Ode, You, Re, Wall, Sol, Went Missing and Some.

Here is ‘Ode’:

Pre Order for £60 Tuesday 31st May from Faber Music.

“As already mentioned in the first edition of this ongoing series of ‘Sheets’, I never had a real talent for sight-reading. My piano teachers were always troubled by my refusal to stick to the notes displaying what sounded and felt indescribable to me. I consider this experience as a good start to write your own sheet music. In any case, we tried to make your sight-reading experience as nice as possible. You could, for example, just have a look at my father’s photography while meditating on the many changes of tempo in my music. Even easier, you could start writing your own piece on some of the blank pages at the end of the book or learn how to transform your piano into an Una Corda piano. Whatever comes to your mind, I hope this book will accompany you and your loved ones for a long time.” – Nils Frahm

Posted on May 26th, 2016



I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.

Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.

It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.

Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.

Listen to the ambient playlist

Nialler9 on Spotify.

Posted on October 22nd, 2015


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  • Beck, Johnny Greenwood @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham (€57.50)
    [indie/rock] New song from Beck  / The Radiohead man is joined by an Orchestra.
  • Nils Frahm @ National Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
    [Neoclassical] Berlin based composer and pianist
  • A Night For Ray @ The Sugar Club (€25)
    [Leukaemia fundraiser] Ham Sandwich, Booka Brass, Mongoose, Foil, Arms and Hog plus Kevin McGahern and a special Bosco appearance

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Posted on June 16th, 2015

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Father John Misty is coming back to play Whelan’s in 2015, courtesy of Harmonic presents, for a show in Whelan’s on Sunday February 22nd. Tickets are €20 plus fee on sale Friday November 7th at 9am from Ticketmaster and regular places. He has a new album called  I Love You, Honeybear, which he performed a track from on Letterman.

Scottish group The Twilight Sad  have been announced by Aiken for a gig next year in Whelan’s on Saturday May 2nd. Tickets are €17 plus fees on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.

Next week, sees Darkside member Dave Harrington return for an Other People showcase with Hidden Agenda in Opium Rooms on Friday November 14th. He’ll be joined by Valentin Stip. Doors at 11pm and tickets €8/10 in advance from Resident Advisor.

Sharp pop dude Josef Salvat is playing Whelan’s on Monday  February 23rd next year. Tickets priced at €12 including booking fee go on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster. Here’s his new single:

Gruff Rhys is now playing two shows in the Peppercanister Church in Dublin in December. The 16th is already sold out so the Wednesday 17th is on sale now. Guest for both gigs is Martin Carr (Boo Radleys).

The Decemberists will play Vicar Street on Wednesday February 11th. Tickets priced €25 plus fee Friday November 7th @ 9am from and physical outlets.

Anna Calvi is the latest name to join Doveman’s (aka Thomas Bartlett) Burgundy Stain Sessions on Sunday  December 14 at the National Concert Hall. She’ll line up along with  Glen Hansard, Paul Noonan of Bell X1 and Lisa O’Neill. The show is part of NCH’s Perspective 2014 series.

Speaking of Perspectives, the venue has announced details for some Perspective 2015 shows including the following:

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 8pm
Punch Brothers and special guests Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman’s Laghdú
Tickets: €25

Sunday 1 February 2015, 8pm
Lambchop performing their acclaimed album NIXON with support by Adrian Crowley
Tickets: €30

Sunday 12 April 2015, 8pm
The Bad Plus performs the Ornette Coleman Masterpiece Science Fiction with Ron Miles, Tim Berne and Sam Newsome and special guest OKO
Tickets €30, €35

Monday 4 May 2015, 8pm
Philip Glass: The Études
Tickets: €35, €40

Wednesday 17 June 2015, 8pm
Nils Frahm (piano)
Tickets: €27

Tickets on sale Friday 7 November 2014, 10am | Tel: 01 417 00 00 |

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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Red Bull Music Academy is hosting an RBMA weekender in Belfast from 25th to the 28th of September with four days of gigs, club nights, workshops and more in the Cathedral Quarter.

Nils Frahm, SKREAM, Terri Hooley, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Chez Damier, Special Request, Ryan Vail, Terri Hooley, The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart, Chez Damier, Bicep and Twitch are involved.

A series of free workshops featuring Greg Wilson Noel Watson, Bicep and Terri Hooley are also happening. Details for how to get into those is via

RBMA weekender schedule

Thursday 25 September 2014 // 10pm

The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart and Twitch

The Bunatee, Queen’s University (Student Union)

Tickets priced £6

Friday 26 September 2014 // Time TBC

Workshop featuring BICEP

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed

Friday 26 September 2014 // 9.00pm

SKREAM, Chez Damier (Balance) & Special Request

The Limelight

Tickets priced £6

Saturday 27 September 2014 // 10.00pm

Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Terri Hooley & Noel Watson

Aether & Echo (A&E)

Tickets priced £8

Saturday 27 September 2014 // Time TBC

Lecture featuring Greg Wilson, Noel Watson & Terri Hooley

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed

Sunday 28 September 2014 // 5.00pm

Nils Frahm, Ryan Vail

City Hall

Tickets priced £5

Tickets are  available at and usual outlets nationwide. 

Posted on August 19th, 2014


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Forbidden Fruit Festival is only a few weeks away when it takes over the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st.

The music lineup looks like this so far (comedy lineup), with a bit more to be announced:


The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music.


2ManyDJs, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), Brian Deady

Here’s a Spotify playlist of most of the acts playing for your preview listening and perusal.

Nialler9 x Forbidden Fruit Spotify Playlist

  1. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  2. Thundercat – ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’
  3. Public Enemy – ‘Public Enemy No. 1’
  4. Flying Lotus – ‘Stonecutters’
  5. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  6. Dillon Francis feat. TEED – ‘Without You’
  7. Gold Panda – ‘We Work Nights’
  8. The Flaming Lips – ‘Free Radicals’
  9. Fuck Buttons – ‘Olympians’
  10. Klangkarussell – ‘Sonnentanz’
  11. Brian Deady – ‘Actually’
  12. Warpaint – ‘Keep It Healthy’
  13. Wild Beasts – ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’
  14. Bell X1 – ‘I Will Follow You’
  15. Kid Karate – ‘This City’
  16. The Range – ‘Metal Swing’
  17. Vann Music – ‘Life In Real Time’
  18. Nils Frahm – ‘You’

Posted on May 12th, 2014


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Forbidden Fruit today announced their first lineup for the first day of the festival Saturday May 31st with more names announced for Sunday June 1st tomorrow.

Hitting The Royal Hospital grounds of Kilmainham this Saturday will be:

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music plus more to be announced later.

Ticket prices:

Early bird: 1 day €49.50 | 2 day €99.50
General: 1 day €59.50 | 2 day €110.00

Tickets plus fees available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on March 12th, 2014


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