CHILLY GONZALES – Solo Piano II
While most pianists embrace a dry, reclusive and austere lifestyle of study, practice, and self-discipline, Canadian-born Chilly Gonzales has chosen a more extravagant and joyful path to achieve greatness. We are thrilled to welcome the pianist, rapper, director and Grammy nominated producer Chilly Gonzales live at the Rockhal on 12 December 2012 presenting us his latest album due to release in August: “Solo Piano II”.
In December 2011, Chilly Gonzales moved his piano into the Parisian Studio Pigalle. There, alone for 10 days, he recorded a handful of songs that had made the short list from a hundred or so melodies written over the eight years that had passed since the release of the now iconic “Solo Piano”.
Hour upon hour, the purest and most microscopic process of recording took place. Chilly Gonzales played all the songs over and over and over again, until each one’s essence had been captured. After years of entertaining with his larger than life musical persona and challenging all artists to work tirelessly to achieve excellence out of respect for their fans, Chilly Gonzales brings us perhaps his most powerful argument of all: “Solo Piano II”.
The self-proclaimed musical genius has travelled quite a road to “Solo Piano II”. Producing Grammy-nominated albums and breaking a Guinness world record jump-started a period during which Chilly Gonzales returned to the stage after several years behind a studio console working for others. With his own albums and supporting tours, Chilly drew attention to his versatility as a performer and to his virtuosity as a pianist. Rare is the artist that can make people dance to the trendiest electronic beats and then turn a symphonic orchestra into a back-up band for a rap concert. At the same time, Chilly became the “go to guy” for piano compositions with Drake, Feist, Daft Punk and even the late Steve Jobs, all calling upon him.
But that was then, and “Solo Piano II” is now. Indeed, it is the mark of a true entertainer to recognize that time when the greatest respect one can show his fans, is, as Chilly himself noted on his 2011 release “The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales”, to simply “shut up and play the piano.”
A rare chance to see the one and only Chilly Gonzales from Toronto with his latest theatrical exploration of sound and rhythm live at the Rockhal on 12 December 2012. Don’t forget to buy your tickets in time!