Self-described “musical genius” Chilly Gonzales could be one of Canada’s most impressive not-so-behind-the-scenes composers and arrangers, known for lending his talents to knockout albums from Feist, Drake, and Daft Punk (in all cases, career breakthrough projects). This gives him the freedom to explore his less commercial interests through his solo work. This week he follows up his gorgeous 2012 record Solo Piano II with Chambers, a modern pop approach to traditional chamber music. Blending elements of rap, electro, R&B, and pop, and inspired by everything from Michael Jackson’s moonwalk to Henry VIII to John McEnroe’s racquet talents, Chilly’s piano playing is in fine form, especially when accompanied by Hamburg’s Kaiser Quartett. The arrangements here are stunning, the compositions even more so. A must-listen album, it will likely be acknowledged come award-season.
Chilly Gonzales & the Kaiser Quartett will bring Chambers to Toronto April 21 at Koerner Hall and to Montreal April 25, 26, and 28 at Theatre Outremont. Tickets are almost sold out, so head to Bandsintown to purchase.