The Gonzervatory : D-3

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The #Gonzervatory is an 8 Day Music Performance Workshop hosted by Chilly Gonzales.

7 Musicians were selected for this all expenses paid trip to Paris to learn with Gonzo and guest professors Peaches, Socalled, Fred Wesley/Illyria, Jarvis Cocker, Lisa Kainde Diaz (Ibeyi).

WATCH IT ALL HERE STARTING ON 26th APRIL
at 8:30 PM (Paris Time).

The Gonzervatory : D-4

D-4 ….

The #Gonzervatory is an 8 Day Music Performance Workshop hosted by Chilly Gonzales.

7 Musicians were selected for this all expenses paid trip to Paris,to learn with Gonzo and guest professors Peaches Socalled, Fred Wesley/Illyria, Jarvis Cocker and Lisa Kainde Diaz (Ibeyi).

WATCH IT ALL HERE STARTING ON 26th APRIL
at 8:30 PM (Paris Time).

The Gonzervatory : D-5

D-5…
The #Gonzervatory is an 8 Day Music Performance Workshop hosted by Chilly Gonzales.

7 Musicians were selected for this all expenses paid trip to Paris to learn with Gonzo and guest professors Peaches, Socalled, Fred Wesley/Illyria, Jarvis Cocker and Lisa Kainde Diaz (Ibeyi)

WATCH IT ALL HERE STARTING ON 26th APRIL at 8:30 PM (Paris Time)

The Gonzervatory : D-6

D-6….

The #Gonzervatory is an 8 Day Music Performance Workshop hosted by Chilly Gonzales. 7 Musicians were selected for this all expenses paid trip to Paris to learn with Gonzo and guest professors Peaches, Socalled, Fred/Wesley/Illyria, Jarvis Cocker , Lisa Kainde Diaz Ibeyi.

WATCH IT ALL HERE STARTING ON 26th APRIL
at 8:30 PM (Paris Time)

The Gonzervatory – Difficult Decisions

700 videos. 63 countries. 5 continents. Difficult Decisions.

 

GONZERVATORIANS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Aitua
Dadalú
Dalebi
Fat Tony
Frida Split
Natalia Spiner
Raphael Meinhart

Congratulations to you all and a very sincere thank you to the almost 800 applicants who participated in this amazing experiment.

Watch the Gonzervatorian Playlist here

 

The Gonzervatorians

Chilly Gonzales and his fellow Professors announce the 7 GONZERVATORIANS! Congratulations to all and a very sincere thank you to the almost 800 applicants who participated in this amazing experiment.

Watch the Gonzervatorian Playlist here.

#Gonzervatory – Shortlist

After hours of watching and deliberating, and re-watching and re-deliberating, the Gonzervatory professors are pleased to have selected the following applicants for the Gonzervatory SHORT LIST.

Watch all their videos on this SHORTLIST PLAYLIST

Who would YOU choose as a FINALIST?

SHORT LIST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Aitua
Alain Legagneur
Andrés Landon
Dadalú
Dalebi
Fat Tony
Frida Split
Isla Ratcliff
Jean Despax
Justin Guzzwell
Kasera
Kato Change
Maal
Natalia Spiner
Ramataupia
Raphael Meinhart
Rose Ford
Russell Louder
The Grand Mess
Van Ludo
Yuliano Acri

#Gonzervatory Difficult Decisions

Chilly Gonzales, Professors Socalled, Peaches and Jarvis Cocker viewed 700 videos from 63 countries on 5 continents. Prof. Lisa Kainde Diaz of Ibeyi is on tour and sent in her suggestions. Difficult Decisions had to be made.

Check out the shortlisted applicants’ videos here.

#Gonzervatory Applications Now Closed!

Big Thanks to the HUNDREDS of applicants! Gonzo and his fellow professors Socalled, Peaches, Jarvis Cocker, and Lisa Kainde Diaz from Ibeyi are already at work looking for their students. Who would YOU invite??

Watch all the applicants’ videos in our playlist below.

Gonzervatory Journal Entry

A concert is worth a hundred rehearsals. The adrenalin alone is a force-multiplier of learning. The threat of embarrassment, the shadow of failure, the fog of unresolved tension. But also – the unexpected laugh where you didn’t mean a joke, the consensus that leads to mid-song applause, the feeling of musical time simply stopping… None of this can happen while you sit alone in a studio or at your instrument. Music is communication, so we prepare to communicate. Before a concert, we repeat, rehearse, we make a plan, but we KNOW we will tear up the plan.

We need the plan, but then we don’t need the plan.

Six performers will meet me in Paris. We will spend 8 days making these meticulous plans on a metaphorical sheet of paper. Come join us at the Trianon, and watch us tear up that sheet of paper. Come join us for 100 rehearsals in 2 hours.

TICKET LINKS HERE :
https://www.letrianon.fr/fr/programme/the-gonzervatory/convocation

https://www.letrianon.fr/fr/programme/the-gonzervatory/graduation

 

(Thank You, from left to right, to Matilda Abraham, Angus Tarnawsky, Casey Mq, Teacher Assistant Socalled, Dani Shivers – Joona Samuel)

Gonzervatory Journal Entry

The Gonzervatory is now officially a reality.

The day of the announcement, I was curious to see the feedback on Twitter. I couldn’t help but notice that the few dozen likes we had accrued were vastly outnumbered by my impulsive retweet of the statement “Chilly Gonzales always looks like he got out of the shower.” (hat tip to Twitter user @whatyouseyr).

Unsurprisingly, snark travels faster than heart. At first I felt disappointed, and a little dirty. One might say I needed a shower.  But wait…My bathrobe-plus-slicked-back-hair look is indeed my trademark, featured prominently in the Gonzervatory video. And this  prompted a Twitter-perfect response that spread further than my initial, idealistic plea. If the music business is about branding now (as opposed to record sales), this random guy’s tweet represented a triumph of snarky marketing.#snarketing.

And isn’t this the kind of thinking I want to share with my Gonzervatorians? Haven’t I consistently given advice to my musician friends to project a cartoon-character-esque visual identity? This retweet may be proof of the power of looking at yourself through the eyes of the audience. This is a power that can be used for good, a power that can be shared.

 

Gonzervatory Journal Entry

(c)Alexandre Isard

We were supposed to launch The Gonzervatory tomorrow.

But in a classic plot twist, an older version of our press release somehow found its way to hipster blog Stereogum, who posted it a day early. They even mention that the link (for applying to my new all-expenses-paid residential musical workshop) wasn’t working properly. I almost screamed at my computer screen: “Of course it doesn’t work, it’s not supposed to work until tomorrow.”

But this is part of launching new projects in 2017….months of planning followed by laptop screaming.

Once I calmed down, we simply decided to move the announcement ahead by a day.

But The Gonzervatory has actually involved years, not months, of planning. Back in 2004 when I released Solo Piano, I was looking for a way to engage my audience in relation to this quieter, more reflective musical direction.

I remembered being a kid, making music with my older brother, playing happy songs in a sad way, replacing the happy major chords with darker, minor ones…

So I tested out a stage routine in which I played Happy Birthday in a minor key, punctuated by the line “another year has gone by, motherfucker”. Breakthrough! It killed.

Since then, I made different attempts at sharing my view of music as a kind of a toy.

The Gonzervatory is somehow the human manifestation of my major – minor routine, a place to play with this toy and to take it apart – the direct transmission of a musical vision to younger and hungrier musicians.

Who knows how many will actually apply? Is my dream of forming a kind of musical X-men with me as Professor X going to actually WORK?

Once the fucking link works, we’ll find out!

APPLICATIONS CLOSED !

#Gonzervatory Applications are now CLOSED.

Big Thanks to the HUNDREDS of applicants!

Gonzo and his fellow professors Socalled, Peaches, Jarvis Cocker and Lisa Kainde Diaz from Ibeyi now hard at work selecting their students.

SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED 15 DECEMBER so STAY POSTED!

Watch all the Applicants here :

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grammy Award-­winning entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales is CALLING ALL PERFORMING MUSICIANS!

Join him in Paris to study at The Gonzervatory, an 8-day residential music performance workshop. Six selected students will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris for a week of intensive coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, living together in musical immersion and culminating in a public concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself.

WHO CAN APPLY

The Gonzervatory is open to EVERY MUSICIAN 18 OR OLDER, FROM ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE, WHO WRITE AND PERFORM THEIR OWN MATERIAL, REGARDLESS OF LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE, LANGUAGE, INSTRUMENT… composing instrumentalists, singer-­songwriters, rappers, producers… APPLY NOW, YOU HAVE AS GOOD A CHANCE AS ANYONE ELSE!

Together we will explore Musical Humanism, audience psychology and what it means to be a performing musician in 2018.

APPLY HERE

 

THE WORKSHOP

The students’ first meeting with Chilly Gonzales will be … on stage!

The Convocation Concert at Le Trianon theatre in Paris on Thursday 26 April 2018 marks the start of the workshop and introduces each student to the theatre and web audiences.

During the week, each day starts with one-on-one coaching sessions with Gonzo, followed by afternoon masterclasses with special guests, selected from his musical friends and collaborators.

Each evening the students rehearse together, learning and practicing each other’s songs for the Graduation Concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself, also at Le Trianon on Friday 4 May 2018.

THE LOCATION

The Gonzervatory workshop takes place at the Loft, a musical home created in partnership with Sonos and Steinway & Sons in Paris, France.

The Convocation & Graduation concerts will take place at Le Trianon in Paris.

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.

DATES

Entry Deadline:  1 December 2017 11:59PM London Time (GMT)

Semi-finalists announced:  15 December 2017

Finalists announced: 10 January 2018

Convocation Concert: 26 April 2018 8:00 p.m.

Workshop: 27 April – 4 May 2018

Graduation Concert: 4 May 2018 8:00 p.m.

APPLY NOW

 

 

“He’s the teacher you wished you’d had as a kid: a showoff who nevertheless understands your panic and has strategies at his disposal to relieve it.” – The Guardian

“A mad professor of music” – Resident Advisor

“The virtuoso provides his magic touch to a new generation of upand- coming musicians”– Exclaim! Magazine

 

 

THE GONZERVATORY – WHY?
“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, 2017

Over the course of his career, Chilly Gonzales has pulled back the curtain on how music works.

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 breakdown the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby in to 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 production of the From Major to Minor live DVD, an hour-long masterclass concert where Chilly Gonzales deals with the principle 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 into the learning process.

Gonzales’ 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.

Press – The Gonzervatory

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