Monday, May 13, 2013

CHILLY GONZALES (London Cadogan Hall, 30/04/13) 

Part recital, part lecture on musical theory, all masterclass of showmanship, Chilly Gonzales proved that solo piano performances can be technically dazzling, innovative, educational and a hell of a lot of fun all at the same time. It's hard to sum up all the genius moments of this show – the understated but clever visuals, the well-judged and hilarious moments of audience participation, his fascinating and deeply-informed talks on subjects like the emotional appeal of arpeggios (referencing Frere Jacques, Glenn Miller and Daft Punk)- but the greatest thing about it is that it all served to augment, rather than distract from, the quality of his own musical talents. A evening of genuine brilliance.

(Photo: Jason Williamson (The Line Of Best Fit))

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