Solo Piano II

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Solo Piano II
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 2012
RecordedDecember 2011
StudioStudio Pigalle in Paris
LabelGentle Threat
Chilly Gonzales chronology
The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales
Solo Piano II
Octave Minds

Solo Piano II is an album by Chilly Gonzales which was released on August 27, 2012. The album features 14 original compositions for piano written and performed by Chilly Gonzales.

The album was named a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on June 13, 2013.[1]


The ideas for the pieces were formed through improvisation and extensive note-taking of melodies and other musical ideas over years.[2] His previous experience with jazz is noticeable, and some critics still compared him to Erik Satie.[3] Four tracks, "White Keys", "Kenaston", "Othello" and "Train of Thought", were also recorded for "Pianovision" videos on YouTube and Vimeo, which give the viewer a top-down perspective of Chilly Gonzales' performance on the piano. Chilly Gonzales regularly allows his audience to closely watch him playing, as was the case for his first Solo Piano album tour, where a video camera directly above him projected his playing to a large screen that the audience can see.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."White Keys"3:07
3."Minor Fantasy"3:26
5."Rideaux Lunaires"2:39
6."Nero's Nocturne"2:15
7."Venetian Blinds"2:45
8."Evolving Doors"2:27
9."Epigram in E"2:48
11."Train of Thought"2:26
13."La Bulle"2:51
14."Papa Gavotte"2:46
Total length:39:15


Chart (2012) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[5] 36
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[6] 74
French Albums Chart[7] 25
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 50
German Albums Chart[9] 59
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 53


  1. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List" Archived June 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Exclaim!, June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ [1], "Process"
  3. ^ [2], "Comparisons"
  4. ^ "Gogol Performance" on YouTube
  5. ^ " – Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II" (in Dutch). Ultratop (NL). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  6. ^ " – Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II" (in French). Ultratop (FR). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  7. ^ " – Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II" (in Dutch). Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Gonzales (Chilly Gonzales)" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II –". Swiss Music Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 1, 2015.

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