German composer/musician Nils Frahm must take ages to get ready for a night on the town.

German composer/musician Nils Frahm must take ages to get ready for a night on the town.

His piano and keyboard compositions are almost universally unrushed, notes falling as slow and steady as fat winter snowflakes. Songs like “Do,” “Re” and “Mi,” off his 2012 album Screws, reflect this tortoise-like approach, gradually lulling the listener into a serene, dreamlike state.

In reviews, Frahm is frequently compared with experimental musicians and composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Keith Jarret, yet his music remains eminently approachable even at its most academic. These are the kinds of wistful, melancholic tunes Charlie Brown and Co. would ice skate to in an updated version of the Peanuts Christmas special.

Dawn of Midi opens the show.

Photo by Michal O’Neal