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    Chilly Gonzales and Chico Marx: New album Solo Piano III

     The tempo shift happened when Chilly Gonzales discovered Chico Marx. Through a screening of the Marx Brothers film A Night At The Opera, it was the childhood moment when he unsnarled his strict classical piano training and glimpsed a new way to play piano. To see Chico Marx play the piano and blow the mind of his audience while creating such a playful yet sophisticated, but silly childlike experience really stood out in contrast to the pretty stiff atmosphere of my music lessons. I credit Chico Marx with showing me that the piano could be used as a tool of righteous entertainment.

    Today he unveils his new song, Chicofrom his upcoming album ‘Solo Piano III’, out via Gentle Threat on September 7, 2018. Named for this early childhood inspiration and dedicated to the modern-day equivalent of Marx (and accomplished Berklee-trained bassist) American Comedian Eric André, the song embodies both Marx’ and André’ ethos; Chico is playful stopping/starting, shifting, edge-of-your-seat musical storytelling.

    Watch and share ‘Chico’ in PIANOVISION here: https://youtu.be/hfFyO65ufIg


    Find links to all of Chilly Gonzales’ music on various platforms at chillygonzales.com

    Grammy-winning Canadian pianist, entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales will release the final album of his Solo Piano trilogy, Solo Piano III, on September 7th, 2018. The album comes six years after Solo Piano II and, according to Gonzales, at “more problematic inflection point”.  “Like its predecessors, it’s a mostly happy ending in C major, but there is more dissonance, tension and ambiguity along the way… The musical purity of Solo Piano III is not an antidote for our times, it is a reflection of all the beauty and ugliness around us.”

    Known as much for the intimate piano touch of best-selling albums Solo Piano I and Solo Piano II as for his showmanship and composition for award-winning stars, “Gonzo”, as he is known to close collaborators, aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper. He holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others, with recent collaborators including the likes of Ibeyi and Toddla T. With Never Stop, Chilly Gonzales composed a global hit for the inaugural Apple iPad 2 campaign. In 2014 he won a Grammy for his collaboration on Daft Punk‘Best Album of the Year’ and composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes. With his last album Chambers, Chilly Gonzales devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music.


    Fri 31 Aug – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
    Sat 01 Sept – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
    Sun 02 Sept – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
    Fri 7 Sept – LONDON – Cadogan Hall
    Sat 8 Sept – LEEDS – Howard Assembly Rooms
    Mon 10 Sept – LONDON – Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Center)
    Tue 11 Sept – MANCHESTER – Royal Northern College of Music
    Tue 18 Sept – KÖLN 1LIVE – SPIII Pop Music Masterclass Concert LIVESTREAM
    Sat 22 Sept – PARIS – Collège des Bernardins
    Mon 24 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
    Tue 25 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
    Wed 26 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
    Thur 18 Oct – TORONTO – Koerner Hall
    Sat 20 Oct – TORONTO – Koerner Hall
    Mon 22 Oct – OTTAWA – Southam Hall at National Arts Center
    Wed 24 Oct – QUEBEC CITY – Palais Montcalm
    Fri 26 Oct – MONTREAL – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts
    Sat 27 Oct – MONTREAL – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts
    Wed 21 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
    Thur 22 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
    Fri 23 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
    Sat 8 Dec – AMSTERDAM – Koninklijk Theatre Carré
    Tue 11 Dec – HAMBURG – Laeiszhalle
    Sat 15 Dec – DORTMUND – Konzerthaus
    Fri 28 Dec  – KÖLN – Philharmonie
    Sat 29 Dec – KÖLN – Philharmonie

    Fri 15 Feb – BORDEAUX – Théâtre Femina
    Sat 16 Feb – BORDEAUX – Théâtre Femina
    Sun 17 Feb – TOULOUSE – La Halle aux Grains
    Sun 3 Mar – LUXEMBOURG – Philharmonie
    Tue 5 March – BRUXELLES – Bozart
    Fri 8 March – FRANKFURT – Alte Oper
    Sun 10 March – STUTTGART – Beethovensaal
    Thur 21 March – DÜSSELDORF – Tonhalle
    Mon 22 April – LEIPZIG – Gewandhaus
    Tue 23 April – BERLIN – Philharmonie
    Sat 27 April – MUNICH – Herkulessaal

    Chilly Gonzales profiled as part of In The Making on CBC TV
    Episode airs October 19, 2018.
    Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TatE4Oj8rug

    Shut Up and Play the Piano
    82 mins. career retrospective documentary directed by Philipp Jedicke
    First premiered at 2018 Berlinale Film Festival. Being released on October 5, 2018 in North America. The film will screen at Pop Montreal as Film POP 2018’s official closing film on Sunday, September 30, 2018. https://popmontreal.com/en/calendar/enspectacle/shut-up-and-play-the-piano/2018-71216/