Download of the Week: Nils Frahm

Solo is Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm's gift for a holiday he invented, "Piano Day will happen on the 88th day of the year, which most of the time is the 29th of March. Piano Day is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays." Solo features Frohm improvising on a very special instrument, the Klavins M370, recorded live in one take with no overdubs. Bravo! But wait, there's more....

Frahm has generously made Solo available as a free 24-bit/96kHz WAV download:

"My album –solo– can be downloaded in any desired format and can be listened to for free. For those who like the real thing, there is a vinyl and all other kinds of round discs available (sorry, these are not for free). It would be appreciated if you get this thing on vinyl, simply because it’s very nice looking and sounding! Anyways, this is all part of a fundraising enterprise for a very special piano project. So please read on for a bit …"


"If we meet our goal, piano builder David Klavins can fulfill his lifelong dream and build the Klavins M450.

"Our friend David Klavins isn't out for profit on this one. As he is only driven by hearing his invention himself, he simply wants materials and labor to be covered. I will donate all income generated with –solo– until the financial means are achieved. Building the Klavins M450 will take about two years and we are confident that we will organise a festival around this incredible invention on Piano Day 2017 here in Berlin."

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Solo was recorded using a prototype of the Klavins M450 "the tallest piano in the world", albeit a smaller version, and the sound is simply spectacular. The music is as well; lovely, meditative, slow, soothing, and joyously melancholy.

Please give "Waves" a listen below and if you like what you hear, I'm guessing you will, head on over to, download a free copy and/or buy the LP and/or donate whatever you'd like to help David Klavins realize his dream. Bravo!

Priaptor's picture


This recording is beyond amazing. I have never heard a piano with such body and such a visceral impact. One "feels" this more than hears it.

And the music is wonderful.

Great find.


monetschemist's picture

Like much of what is new and cool, my kids introduced me to Nils Frahm; in this case, 'twas an LP for Christmas. How incredibly lucy I am that my ~20 year old kids buy me LPs for Christmas and birthdays...

... and how lucky we all are that people like Nils Frahm are making music today.

WellRounded's picture

Thank you so much for posting!
Tremendous! Engaging!
The music is sublime.
Downloaded and donated + ordered the vinyl…:)
Jerry Cmehil
Well Rounded Sound

Michael Lavorgna's picture
One of my favorites of the year.

Glad you're enjoying it Jerry!

John Spain's picture

This sounds like a kid playing on an ill-tuned instrument. I could not listen to the whole thing.

Michael Lavorgna's picture