Live Video: Nils Frahm

Live Video, Decibel Festival
10/24/2013
Jim Beckmann
photo by Beth Crook (view set)

If composers like Mozart and Tchaikovsky were born today, would we recognize their work? Would they create the same kind of heady and emotive symphonies and concertos as they did in the past? Or would the history of rock and electronica bend them in a new direction? Maybe only time will tell if we're to see genius of their like ever again, but carrying on among the indie rock groups and folk revivalists are a group of young composers intent on exploring the boundaries of pop, classical and electronica -- among them, Portland's Peter Broderick, Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds and Berlin's Nils Frahm. In fact, all three were invited to perform during Decibel Festival in Seattle this year, demonstrating just how much the lines between genres have blurred. While in town, Nils Frahm stopped by KEXP to create an enthralling sonic landscape -- using borrowed analog gear, no less -- live in our studio. Watch the session and interview with Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, here:

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