“Gonzervatory Masterclass Concert”
w/ Chilly Gonzales
+ Red Bull Music Academy participants
Pianist, composer, and entertainer Chilly Gonzales is no ordinary musician. Originally from Canada, Chilly Gonzales moved to Europe in 1999 and has lived in Berlin, Paris and Cologne ever since. In the time it has taken him to create his vast body of work, Chilly has also broken a Guinness world record (for the longest solo piano concert), and scored a Grammy for his contribution to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The last few years have seen him become a mad professor of music, through the book Re-Introduction Etudes (2014) and his Pop Music Masterclasses on YouTube.
Gonzo’s musical talents are such that he seamlessly switches from working with Boys Noize to Feist to Drake to Jarvis Cocker. Anchoring all of this is the minimalist pianism found on his Solo Piano albums (2009, 2012), also complemented by string quartet on the most recent Chambers (2015). Chilly Gonzales as a performer pushes the boundaries of what is considered entertainment, continuously tackling the high brow-low brow dichotomy. This year, Gonzo coaches a handful of Red Bull Music Academy students in the art of entertainment during a week-long, first-ever Gonzervatory class, culminating with the “Gonzervatory Masterclass Concert” on October 26, 2016. Expect a night of the unexpected as Chilly Gonzales conducts this collaborative concert by the first graduating class of the RBMA Gonzervatory.
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