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Grammy-winning Canadian pianist, entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales releases the ﬁnal album of his Solo Piano trilogy.
The album comes six years after Solo Piano II and, according to Gonzales, at “a 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’s ‘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.
Most recently, Chilly Gonzales ventured into a new form of entrepreneurship. A culmination of recent years’ explorations in teaching, Gonzo inaugurated his very own music school: The Gonzervatory.
During this all-expenses-paid residential music performance workshop held in Paris, 7 selected students explored Musical Humanism, audience psychology and what it means to be a performing musician in 2018. After a week of intensive coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, these young musicians performed a concert for an audience of 1500 fans with Chilly Gonzales himself as Master of Ceremony. The Gonzervatory Workshop and Concerts were livestreamed on pan-European TV station Arte Concert to record-breaking audiences (Arte’s 2nd most viewed concert). Plans are already being made for the 2019 edition.
A1. Treppen, Dedicated To Rudolf Steiner
A2. Pretenderness, Dedicated To Fanny Mendelssohn
A3. Prelude In C Sharp Major, Dedicated To Wendy Carlos
A4. Famous Hungarians, Dedicated To Ernő Rubik
A5. Chico, Dedicated To Eric Andre
B1. Nimbus, Dedicated To Amelia Earhart
B2. Be Natural, Dedicated To Beach House
B3. Ellis Eye, Dedicated To Migos
B4. Present Tense, Dedicated To Thomas Bangalter
B5. Cactus Impromptu, Dedicated To Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
C1. Lost Ostinato, Dedicated To Hildegard Von Bingen
C2. Blizzard In B Flat Minor, Dedicated To Conchita Cintrón
C3. October 3 Rd, Dedicated To Jason Beck
C4. Kopfkino, Dedicated To Nadia Comăneci
C5. Whist, Dedicated To Bernard Moitessier
D1. The Secrets Of SPIII (bonus Vinyl Only Track).
1. Treppen, Dedicated To Rudolf Steiner
2. Pretenderness, Dedicated To Fanny Mendelssohn
3. Prelude In C Sharp Major, Dedicated To Wendy Carlos
4. Famous Hungarians, Dedicated To Ernő Rubik
5. Chico, Dedicated To Eric Andre
6. Nimbus, Dedicated To Amelia Earhart
7. Be Natural, Dedicated To Beach House
8. Ellis Eye, Dedicated To Migos
9. Present Tense, Dedicated To Thomas Bangalter
10. Cactus Impromptu, Dedicated To Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
11. Lost Ostinato, Dedicated To Hildegard Von Bingen
12. Blizzard In B Flat Minor, Dedicated To Conchita Cintrón
13. October 3 Rd, Dedicated To Jason Beck
14. Kopfkino, Dedicated To Nadia Comăneci
15. Whist, Dedicated To Bernard Moitessier
CD2 Bonus Disc - Live At Massey Hall - Recorded On The 5th Feb 2016 In Toronto At The Very End Of Chambers’ Tour.
1. Sweet Burden
2. Sample This
3. Prelude To A Feud
5. Minor Fantasy
6. White Keys
7. Advantage Points
8. Supervillain Music
10. The Grudge
12. Knight Moves
13. Smothered Mate