Chilly Gonzales: piano lessons from a musical genius

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You can either listen to Jian's interview with Chilly Gonzales by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch a performance Five Spot in the window below.
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Today's Friday Live Guest is none other than Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales -- a man who can truly call himself a musical genius. He performs three pieces from Re-Introduction Etudes -- Tarantula, Chaconne and On, and Five Spot -- throughout the show, and also offers insight into the history and technical beauty of each one. 

Gonzales also sits down with Jian to discuss his category-crossing repertoire, his role in two of the most popular albums of 2013 -- Drake's Nothing Was The Same and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories -- and his mission to win back "lapsed" piano students with his Re-Introduction Etudes

dream-team-250.jpg"It's not exactly for beginners, but for people who maybe had a bad teacher who spoiled it for them or, for whatever reason, got interested in other things and at a later date said 'I'd love to pick it back up again'," he tells Jian. "I've just met so many of these pianists."

Gonzales also jokes about living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where being a musician isn't about the art form anymore. 

"I have woken up in a nightmare scenario where musicians without a knowledge of music are celebrated, and so I have to be an antidote to that." 

NOTE: The last segment of today's Friday Live is a special one! Torquil Campbell and Leslie Feist slid into Studio Q for an lively and very organic chat with Jian and Chilly. Look for it at the 

Watch Chilly's lesson and performance of Tarantula and Chaconne and On in the window embedded below, or continue on for the full, organic fourth block featuring Leslie Feist and Torquil Campbell.

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Want to see more Chilly Gonzales magic? Get lost in a series of Chilly performances and interview clips on Q's YouTube channel. 

chilli-gonzales-620.jpg Hey, lapsed piano students -- Chilly is coming for you. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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