Yesterday, James Blake performed an improvisational piano concert on Instagram Live. During the livestream, viewers had the option to donate to Rachel Cargle’s Loveland Foundation, which helps provide opportunities, access, and therapy for Black women and girls. A total of $6400 was raised. Check out the hour-long performance below.
During the livestream, Blake revealed that his piano was sold to him by Brian Eno six years ago. “I flew it over from London to LA,” he said, “which was actually a terrible idea because I think it got a little bit f*cked up on its way.” Before playing, the songwriter also spoke about the role improvisation has played in his writing process and revealed that he will be “putting out new music soon.” One of the highlights of the improvised session was a stunning cover of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ around the 10-minute mark. His dog, Barold, also makes a surprise appearance.
James Blake’s last album was 2019’s Assume Form. Last month, Blake covered Joni Mitchell’s classic ballad ‘A Case of You‘ for a remote edition of The Late Late Show With James Corden.