The acclaimed new album Solo Piano II is out now and has already sold over 25,000 copies thus far and is currently number 1 on iTunes in France and Japan.
Having sold out his very special Solo Piano show at The Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chilly Gonzales has added a string of UK dates in December.
Praise for Solo Piano II:
“Generous, openhearted epistles that seduce without a hint of pretension or portent” 4/5 Mojo
“The Canadian polymath shows once again that his true metier is as a meditative George Winston-like piano man” 8/10 Uncut
“There’s entrancing listening here” Q
“4/5” Daily Telegraph
“With just a piano to keep him busy, Chilly Gonzales shows why Feist and Drake value him so highly” The Guardian
“Gonzales sounds like a modern-day Debussy or the pretty bits of Aphex Twin’s Drukqs” The Sunday Times
Chilly Gonzales UK Dates:
Sat 20 October London Barbican w/ BBC Symphony Orchestra SOLD OUT
Sun 2 December Manchester Royal Northern College Of Music
Mon 3 December Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Wed 5 December Liverpool Capstone Theatre Centre
New Documentary by Adam Traynor
Chilly Gonzales shares a three part short documentary showing how the album Solo Piano II was made. Director Adam Traynor (Ivory Tower) reveals that purest and most microscopic process of recording which took place back in December 2011, at Paris’ Studio Pigalle where, alone for 10 days, Chilly Gonzales recorded a handful of songs that had made the short list from a hundred or so melodies written over the eight years that had passed since the release of the now iconic Solo Piano.
Chilly Gonzales released Solo Piano II on 27 August 2012, eight years after the now widely revered predecessor.
Released to little fanfare all the way back in 2004, Solo Piano is a stunning collection of delicate piano pieces composed and performed by Chilly himself. A curveball to his fans, who at the time were more familiar with his prankster hip hop, it added depth and mystery to an already intriguing character. Word of mouth spread, and in time it has become his most acclaimed recording, selling over 100, 000 copies.
Since then, the self-proclaimed musical genius has shape-shifted his way through many a musical genre and persona, from Grammy nominated super producer and Guinness world record holder, to becoming the go-to guy for piano compositions for the likes of Drake, Feist, Daft Punk and even the late Steve Jobs. Chilly drew attention to his versatility as a performer as well as virtuosity as a pianist; rare is the artist who can make people dance, then turn a symphonic orchestra into a back-up band for a rap concert.
The 14 exquisite piano compositions that make up Solo Piano II are perhaps Chilly Gonzales’ most powerful argument of all in his quest for the highest form of entertainment possible for his fans. Indeed, it is the mark of a true entertainer to recognise when it is, as Chilly himself noted, time to simply “shut up and play the piano”.