Chilly Gonzales

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Chilly Gonzales is a Canadian who lives in Paris. He’s an “amateur” rapper who’s recently been performing his raps with symphony orchestra. “The Reminder,” the 2007 album he produced with Feist, was nominated for a Grammy. In 2009 he set a Guinness World Record for the longest concert by a solo artist; he played piano for over 27 hours. He’s challenged other pianists to public piano battles—and has won. He regularly performs dressed in pajamas and bathrobe. He has declared himself a musical genius.

Chilly Gonzales has also just released “Solo Piano II,” an album of beautifully proportioned pieces that are easy to enjoy, but hard to classify. And now Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.


Chilly Gonzales "Knight Moves" on WNYC's Spinning On Air


Chilly Gonzales "Train of Thought" on WNYC's Spinning On Air


Chilly Gonzales "White Keys" & "Rideaux Lunaires" on WNYC's Spinning On Air

Comments [3]

laurie from Amman, Jordan

Fantastic introduction to this amazing musician. Thanks for the beautiful audio escape, and the turn on to a new (to me) artist.

Oct. 17 2012 03:51 AM
phillip from bklyn

Mr. Gonzales, your conversation inspired me to get out my computer to say thanks! I don't quite understand this prior comment by the stuffy LPSloane here, but I'm a musician and a former student of music, and I appreciate your compositions, your playing and this conversation. Hey, do you have any comment about the jazz and popular piano music of Japan?

Oct. 07 2012 08:33 PM
LPSloane from New York

Mr. Gonzales' simplistic approach to music and then his inability to relate to jazz and art of the the highest order, specially after years of study is astonishing. While all artists are entitled to express themselves through their art - perhaps he should rethink his negativity, as well as reflect upon what many consider his own limited talent - before being interviewed on air again.

Oct. 07 2012 08:23 PM

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