The Genre-Spanning Genius of Chilly Gonzales

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

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.

This show first aired Oct. 7, 2012. Gonzales will perform at Lincoln Center on Friday, January 11, 2013.

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Comments [2]


@John Sullivan

Do you mean in a 'purist' sense? I think improvisation not be interpreted in anyway you like. It can come in so many different forms that perhaps its you showing ignorance? How exactly do you 'understand JAZZ'? Do you even need to? You might analyse a piece of music in your way, I mine and Chilly Gonzalez in his - and none of us would be wrong.

Jan. 08 2013 06:02 AM
John Sullivan from nyc

This interview was one of the most frustrating things I've ever heard on the radio. If you don't understand JAZZ, you shouldn't analyze the music of the geniuses that have created it. I am appalled that wnyc would acknowledge this gentleman as a talented musician, let alone his ignorance regarding improvisation.

Jan. 06 2013 08:24 PM

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