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Nils Frahm, Woodkid And Robert De Niro On Charity Album
Christian Eede , May 31st, 2016 11:46

De Niro contributes spoken word to Nils Frahm and Woodkid's new film soundtrack in aid of charity

Nils Frahm and Wookid will release a mini-album featuring spoken word contributions from Robert De Niro, in aid of the current refugee crisis.

Profits from the album will be donated to charity Sea Watch while the album, entitled Ellis, will soundtrack a new short film directed by artist JR, which stars De Niro as an immigrant finding his away around the deteriorating Ellis Island hospital complex.

“The opportunity to work on JR´s fantastic short film came through my good friend Yoann aka Woodkid,” says Frahm. “We agreed on recording the piano parts in my studio in Berlin and so it happened that JR and Woodkid were guests at Durton studio on a wonderful late summers day in 2015. We managed to record all the crucial elements that day. The music fell into our laps and melted with the images: a wonderful experience. The film has stuck in my head ever since; it moved my heart and changed my soul.

“A couple of weeks later I had to cancel a trip to Brussels because of a terror warning; all events got cancelled and I stayed home, having an unexpected day off. I felt rather depressed that day, thinking that the Europe I knew was already gone. I sat down at the harmonium, listened to Robert De Niro’s voice and played for the rest of the day. The result is ‘Winter Morning II,’ the B-side of the Ellis soundtrack release.

“Robert says it all in 17 minutes. We are not facing a refugee crisis. We are facing a crisis because we do not embrace, we do not sympathise and we cannot give up fear. Art can encourage so I hope this project will help fight the fear in all of us.”

The album will be released on July 8 via Erased Tapes. You can check out a teaser above.

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