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Shut up and Play Piano (15*) + ScreenTalk with Chilly Gonzales

Doc’n Roll Film Festival

Shut Up

Truth, fiction and mischief collide in this playful documentary as we follow the Grammy-winning Chilly Gonzales, for whom relentless self-doubt and gleeful megalomania are two sides of the same coin.

Chilly Gonzales is a professional paradox: a genre-juggling provocateur serving up rap and electro in underground Berlin who became an unexpected infiltrator of the concert halls of classical music.

Philipp Jedicke’s playful documentary follows Gonzales from his native Canada to late 1990s Berlin, and via Paris to the world’s great philharmonic halls. Along the way, he notches up collaborations with the likes of Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk and Drake.

The documentary makes unorthodox use of the artist’s own video archives along with interviews and performance footage. In this fast-paced portrait of a restless reveller in artifice, perhaps the greatest revelation is that Gonzales’ passion for music is as great as his love of provocation, and that his is a career driven by the desire to push boundaries as well as buttons.

This screening will feature a Q&A with the director and Chilly Gonzales.

Germany 2018 Dir Philipp Jedicke 82 min

*This film has been locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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Watch: Chilly Gonzales - Blizzard in B Flat Minor

Watch the music video for Chilly Gonzales' Blizzard in B Flat Minor.

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Barbican Sessions: Soumik Datta


Deep within the Barbican, British Indian composer Soumik Datta performs ‘From Raag to Reel’ on his custom built, fretless sarod (a 19-stringed instrument).

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