Frans Bak – Parting

 

 Frans Bak – Parting

Frans Bak – Parting

 

ARTIST NAME: Frans Bak

 

SONG TITLE: Parting

 

ALBUM TITLE: Piano

 

RELEASE DATE: 13 March 2020

 

GENRE: Neoclassical, Modern Classical, Ambient

 

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The single ‘Parting’ from the neo-classical composer, Frans Bak’s forthcoming album ‘Piano’ was released on Friday 13th March on Dharma Records.

 

This single is the second to be released from forthcoming album ‘Piano’ which is out mid-2020 also on Dharma Records.

 

2020 kicked-off with Frans embarking on a worldwide tour to showcase new musical works from the ‘Piano’ album with concerts in Shanghai and Los Angeles, attracting loyal fans and new audiences.

 

“The track ‘Parting’ is based on a song I wrote for a play by The Royal Danish Theatre called ‘Ivan- hoe’ and it was used for a funeral scene. When I worked on this album, I really wanted to elaborate on the idea …so I had the great Norwegian cello player Live Johansson play the cello part and added her string quartet LiveStrings. This piece means a lot to me and Live also already has a special/deep connection to it “

…Frans

 

Frans Bak played piano throughout his childhood, immersing himself totally in the melodies that he created, where he found solace. He later graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and formed a number of bands, experimenting with music, fusing together his classical training with different genres, sounds, and modern technologies, and in doing so, has carved out a unique sound through his own compositions, ambient, melodic, atmospheric. Frans creates a dreamy and intense soundscape, for a truly immersive listening experience.

 

Today, Frans continues to work as a highly accomplished composer, with over thirty years’ experience scoring for the film, TV and advertising industries, receiving international critical acclaim for his compositions for Nordic, French, American and British TV series including ‘Disparue’, ‘Doctor Foster’ and ‘Lilyhammer.’

 

A pioneer of the Nordic Noir genre, his mesmerizing music for ‘The Killing’ is widely acclaimed, setting new musical standards for crime TV and inspiring other composers to apply the ‘Nordic feel’. Frans has also scored three Oscar-nominated shorts: Ernst & Lyset, Helmer & Son and Skal vi være kærester?

 

Frans released the album, Sound of North (SON) in 2016 bringing together new music and several critically acclaimed compositions.

 

Inspired by his own upbringing and rooted in Scandinavia, Frans encapsulates the mood of ‘his north’ mentally and geographically, presenting its unique spirit and atmosphere; a coolness, a calmness, a mindfulness, consistently pushing musical boundaries, taking inspiration from all that surrounds him.

 

Frans presented SON to audiences via several live concerts, from behind a grand piano, and backed by a string quartet, enticing the listener into a land of dreams and film music, immersing the audience into a sonic landscape, for a truly special musical experience.

 

During 2017, Frans was delighted to score for the 1948 Danish movie, ’They Caught the Ferry’ bringing his unique brand of dark-tinged tension and suspense to the film, thus creating an edgy mood which leaves the listener clinging onto their seat.

 

Struck by the film’s energy as a school-boy, Frans felt compelled to score for this fantastic silent movie, a project Frans immensely enjoyed.

 

More recently, Frans composed for the TV series ‘Conspiracy of Silence,’ delivering his signature intense, atmospheric sound, entwined with a hopeful melodic ambience.

 

Frans is set to release an album of new musical works, Piano, in spring 2020, preceded by two single releases in early 2020, inspired by the love and saviour of the same piano he played on as a child. Playing on this piano again, Frans has revisited his childhood years and his love of creating simple and beautiful piano melodies whilst incorporating his extraordinary musical journey to date.

 

Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

In a way I feel music chose me, I haven’t done anything else than music-related things my whole life. My mother died when I was young, and music was kind of my escape and rescue.

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Brief us on the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

They seem to like it, fortunately – it seems like the space in the music, and the recognizable melodies seem to attract people.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Social networking is the online word of mouth and music discovery and it is crucial therefore to have an online presence.

 

Music is consumed in different ways so having a social network means you may have a better chance of connecting with people who use online platforms to listen to music.

 

However, there is so much music choice online it can be difficult to find the artists that really appeal to you.

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Tell us how you recorded your song.

This coming album is recorded by me at the piano, both the acoustic and with samples.

 

Keld Haaning Ibsen is the producer and has taken my recording and added a lot to that. This has gone back and forth a couple of times before finalizing and mix.

 

We also added cello and a full string quartet on some of the songs. The song Parting is one track with a string quartet.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

The song Parting is a song I made for a play for the Royal Danish Theatre.

 

It was sung at a funeral, and later, I played it with the great cello player Live Johansson, and we decided to include this on the album Piano.

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State your musical skills.

I have been in the music business for many years, and have worked in almost every genre, so I hopefully have many skills.

 

Right now, I am focusing on making music with space and melodies. That might be my main skill.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

Composing a song can take from 5 minutes to 5 months. I am usually very fast – but making it into a release is another ball game. The arrangement, recording, producing, mixing, etc. can be a long process.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

It is a lot about following the flow. On this album, we have no lyrics which gives the opportunity to let the music speak more for itself.

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Discuss music in full detail.

Music is a language without words, it can put you in another state of mine. Sharing this with people is a great joy for me.

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Tells us your opinion on genres.

Genres are not that important to me. If you can feel something is at stake in the music, I’m in.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

I don’t consider myself being a virtuoso on my instruments, so I don’t rehearse as much as in my earlier days.

 

The most important for me is keeping focus and dare to follow the flow while playing, so I improvise a lot, that might be my rehearsal.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

As a film composer, all instruments are important – it depends on what you are trying to tell with the music. I play some instruments – I would say the piano, saxophone and some of my flutes are the ones I enjoy playing the most.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

When I feel the audience gets the music and we can find a mutual state of mind it is wonderful.

 

When I don’t have to push the music to impress people but let it flow on its own terms, it’s the best!!!

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Discuss your personality in full detail.

I am curious, like to travel and meet new people hopefully open-minded.

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Discuss your music career.

I started in the business more than 40 years ago. I have been a jazz artist, bandleader for shows and a film composer.

 

 

Right now, I enjoy making the music you can hear on my upcoming album which includes the song Parting and a previous release Danish Brook – Spotify.

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List your musical work.

My upcoming album ‘Piano’ will be released on 29 May on Dharma Records

 

I released the album – Sound of North – in June 2016 – the full album is on Spotify.

 

 

I have released various other works and soundtracks over the years particularly in relation to my work as a composer including Disparue, Conspiracy of Silence, Sort Symfoni, and the Doctor Foster soundtrack – details of which can be found on my website.

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The Vinyl District

 

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Last Day Deaf

 

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it

I use my actual name as my artist name:  Frans Bak.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called Parting and it is about saying goodbye to someone.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The album is called Piano and is related to the actual piano I had as a child.

 

I bought it back a couple of years ago, and that inspired me to write new music for the piano. It is soft music hence the title Piano, which means soft in musical terms.

 


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