Posts Written On August 28, 2018

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
ABOUT CHILLY GONZALES & SOLO PIANO III

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.

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TOUR DATES
2018 
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

2019 
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

ON TV THIS FALL
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

IN CINEMAS THIS AUTUMN
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/

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Take Action — Wear a Blue Hat!

Lion Brand Yarn Company Promotes #HatNotHate Campaign

to Raise Awareness Against Bullying

In order to increase awareness of the impact and prevalence of bullying on kids and teens, Lion Brand Yarn Company is excited to announce the anti-bullying campaign #HatNotHate. The purpose of this initiative is to rally consumers to knit or crochet blue hats and wear them proudly on World Day of Bullying Prevention, October 1, 2018, and throughout all of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Lion Brand is partnering with STOMP Out BullyingTM, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S.

Through the hashtag #HatNotHate Lion Brand hopes to build a new “craftivist” movement that is pro-active in sending the message that bullying is not acceptable, and instead says yes to inclusion and kindness. Two percent of the proceeds of blue yarn sales will go towards this cause.

“We trust that together, STOMP Out BullyingTM and Lion Brand will make this a most successful, worthwhile, and beneficial movement for the betterment of our society,” stated David Blumenthal, President & CEO of Lion Brand.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lion Brand Yarn to raise awareness of this pervasive issue of bullying, and help give students a voice where they might otherwise be unheard,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying™. “With Lion Brand Yarn’s ‘Hat Not Hate’ campaign we are excited to make a difference in the lives of so many kids and teens who experience bullying with no place to turn.”

Take action! Knit or crochet a blue hat, use the hashtag on social media, and take a stand against bullying.

About Lion Brand Yarn Company

Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn Company is a fifth generation family-owned and operated business, “Famous for Quality Since 1878,” devoted to inspiring and educating knitters and crocheters with yarns, patterns, how-tos, and ideas that elevate their yarn crafting experience. Year after year Lion Brand drives innovation in the yarn business, and pursues excellence in their products.

About STOMP Out Bullying™

Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online, and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying™ promotes civility, inclusion, and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in schools and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.

 

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