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Nils Frahm Leads Chan Centre’s New, Daring Series: EXP

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia unveils its new EXP series as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The EXP Series is conceived of by Chan Centre curator-in-residence, Jarrett Martineau, the Indigenous award-winning multimedia producer and storyteller. The artists in this stream of programming are at the vanguard of sonic creativity, breaking conventions to produce music that defies categorization. The first musician announced in this innovative series is the critically acclaimed post-classical musician and composer Nils Frahm. The German musician comes to the Chan Centre in partnership with Timbre Concerts on April 26, 2023 in support of his latest album release, Music For Animals, coming out on September 23 of this year.

“Nils Frahm is a brilliant artist at the forefront of contemporary music. He represents the defining creative spirit of the EXP Series: genre-crossing, expansive explorations into the outer reaches of sound and experience. His live concerts are mesmerizing and profound, electrifying and transformative, and I’m thrilled to unveil the EXP Series with one of the world’s foremost electronic musicians.”

Jarrett Martineau, curator-in-residence

Nils Frahm has been called “the single most important artist in the world right now” by BBC radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs, widely regarded as a musical tastemaker. Frahm’s renowned live performances combine elements of electronic, ambient, and classical music into an enthralling listening experience. He has performed at concert halls like the Barbican Center and Philharmonie de Paris and also as a headliner at music festivals such as Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

The 2023 concert will be Frahm’s first since 2019, selling out previous shows at the Orpheum and Vogue theatres. The Chan Centre performance will offer fans the most intimate setting for this tour and is only one of two Canadian stops.

Music For Animals will offer an immersive experience for the listener, unfolding at a meditative pace that showcases tone, timbre, and texture and most notably, features no piano. Frahm stresses that the new album is stripped of excess, giving “an idea of what could be there but isn’t there so that the listener starts creating the composition in their mind.”

The Chan Centre EXP series will announce more artists this summer.

View the Nils Frahm concert by clicking here.

Tue Jun 21, 2022