Hi Frans! How are you today?
I am fine – just had a great skype meeting with a German director I am working with and we are about to finish the music on a movie.
How did you first starting writing music?
As a child actually – always wanted to do things my own way – fortunately it worked out for me.
Your new album Piano is out next month – are there any themes running through it?
It is about an old piano I had as a child – and got back as a grown up – visiting all the thoughts and memories I had then – and composing new music with that mindset.
Describe your sound in five words:
Melodic – dreamy – calm – piano – strings
You’ve composed music for a number of film and TV shows – how did that all come about?
I composed all the time when I started playing music – and made music for commercials for a film company. A friend of mine who worked there was about to direct his first film asked me if I would make music for it – I have worked with him ever since.
Are there any upcoming Nordic artists you can recommend us to have a listen to?
I like the Danish/Swedish piano player Henrik Lindstrand – he is very interesting
Who are your biggest influences?
As a jazzplayer it was Charlie Parker and bebop – later on Beatles, Stevie Wonder etc with the great melodies – then the Nordic period of Keith Jarret – Jon Balke – Djanjo Bates – now I am inspired by the the new Nordic sound which I feel a part of.
How are you keeping yourself entertained during this pandemic?
Working on a film – and trying to organize things I have skipped
What are your plans for 2020?
I have scheduled many concerts that have been cancelled due to Corona – so everything is a bit uncertain now but I am looking forward to my album PIANO coming out on May 29.
Any last words?
Frans Bak’s Piano, his collection of transcendent vignettes, its out on 29th May via Dharma Records.