Monday, May 22, 2017

CHILLY GONZALES (London Barbican, 29/04/17)

I rarely listen to his recorded stuff, but there's few live artistes more downright entertaining than the man they call "Chilly" Gonzales, whose melding of recital, musical theory lecture and comic revue reached a new peak with "The Young-Ish Person's Guide To The Orchestra." I mean, I can't think of many other orchestral performances that successfully incorporate "Champagne Supernova", a Britney Spears/Psycho soundtrack mashup, Iron Maiden riffs, Dr Dre and the entire London Symphony Orchestra performing jumping jacks...but then again, I am somewhat of a philistine.

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