Chilly Gonzales – The Gonzervatory

Grammy Award-winning artist, Chilly Gonzales wants to see you in Paris!

The Gonzervatory is Open for Applications!

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Grammy Award-winning entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales are CALLING ALL PERFORMING MUSICIANS to join him in Paris for an all-expenses-paid trip to study at The Gonzervatory, an 8-day music performance workshop.

Six selected students will get the chance to go to Paris for a week of intensive coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, culminating in a public concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself.

The Gonzervatory is open to every musician 18 or older, who write and perform their own material: composing instrumentalists, singer-songwriters, rappers, producers. The workshop will explore Musical Humanism, audience psychology and what it means to be a performing musician in 2018.

Applications can be made using the link below and close on Friday, December 1st:

www.chillygonzales.com/gonzervatory

What to expect:

At the Gonzervatory, students arrive at a Convocation Concert at Le Trianon theatre in Paris on Thurs. 26 April 2018.  Their first meeting with Chilly Gonzales will be … on stage!

During the week, each day starts with one-on-one coaching sessions with Gonzo, followed by afternoon masterclasses from special guests selected from his friends and collaborators.  Each evening the students rehearse together, learning and practising each other’s songs for the Graduation Concert also at Le Trianon on Friday 4 May 2018.

The experience, with all its inevitable struggles and triumphs, will be documented and shared with viewers all over the world. Livestreams of both of the concerts, daily video debriefs, as well as an online fanzine of photos, illustrations and essay pieces, will allow audiences to witness personal exchanges in real time and develop an emotional investment in the participants’ musical progress. 

This is what Chilly Gonzales had to say:

“Growing up, I had a complex relationship with studying music; I wanted to be inspired and challenged, not ‘taught’.  Technical knowledge came quickly, but I struggled to express my feelings in a direct but playful way.  I’ve seen so many trained musicians miss out on instinctive musical joy, while those who are self-taught don’t know how to systematically improve their skills. Musicians shouldn’t have to choose between fun and knowledge, it’s a false choice. The Gonzervatory is a place for young musicians to find and strengthen their musical voice, to journey deeper into the emotions and science of their art.”

Chilly Gonzales has pulled back the curtain on how music works:

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On stage, his now classic ‘Major-Minor’ routine, where he plays Happy Birthday or Chariots of Fire in a minor key to demonstrate the emotional impact of each key, has the audience laughing and learning all at once.

Another routine sees Gonzales select a member of the audience to join him on stage and, in less than 3 minutes, they write a spontaneous piece built on the simple repetition of 3 notes plus 1 tiny variation.

His most recent tour saw him break down the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby into its component parts, before using a string quartet as a real-life sampler to show how hip-hop, pop and classical music are not so distant relatives.

The success of these concert routines led to the production of the From Major to Minor live DVD, an hour-long masterclass concert where Chilly Gonzales deals with the principal elements of music theory, including rhythm (featuring special guests Daft Punk) and melody (featuring special guest Feist).

Chilly Gonzales’ teaching also takes the form of best-selling book Re-Introduction Etudes: 24 easy-to-master, fun-to-play piano pieces specifically designed to unlock musical mysteries for those who gave it up. The book is an antidote to the stale, cheesy, ‘rinky-dink’ repertoire most student pianists are forced to play, and aims to restore some fun to the learning process.

Gonzales’s most recent forays into education are through his Pop Music Masterclasses, in which he breaks down the musical elements of current and classic pop hits (Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie, Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, or Drake’s Hold On…) in 3-4 minute videos which have to date been viewed several hundred thousand times on YouTube, and the Apple Music Beats1 radio show Music’s Cool with Chilly Gonzales where his unique analysis introduces listeners the theory and the fun of entire musical genres through the work of one exemplary artist (Daft Punk for electronic music, Weezer for Indie Rock…) in a 2-hour monthly broadcast.

Through all of these endeavors, Chilly Gonzales gained a reputation as a “musical scientist” in addition to his renown as a composer and performer, penning several newspaper and magazine opinion pieces and being called upon by the likes of Apple Music’s Beats 1, BBC Radio 1 in the UK, 1Live in Germany, and the CBC in Canada to comment upon our ever-expanding musical universe.

The Gonzervatory workshop is a result of all of the foregoing for the man whose mission it is to spread Musical Humanism: an ongoing and constant search for the techniques and aesthetics that connect musical eras and genres.