'Shut Up and Play the Piano'
Grammy-winning composer-pianist, Chilly Gonzales, appears in director Philipp Jedicke’s musical biographical documentary, ‘Shut Up and Play the Piano.’

Reality is always connected with fiction, especially when it comes to the lives of performers. Grammy-winning composer, Chilly Gonzales is no exception to that rule-in fact, he actually has thrived during his career for embracing heightened reality, especially on stage. The virtuoso pianist’s search for the truth in the artifice is highlighted in the new documentary about his life, ‘Shut Up and Play the Piano.’

In honor of the biographical film now available on all major VOD platforms, courtesy of 1091 Media, ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from the music feature, which is titled ‘I Love the Crowd.’ The video shows a montage of the entertainer performing in various comedic situations.

‘Shut Up and Play the Piano,’ which was directed by first-time filmmaker, Philipp Jedicke, also features Peaches, Feist and Sibylle Berg. The movie follows Gonzales as he travels to the word’s greatest philharmonic halls as he reinvents himself from electro-rapper to piano player. Gonzales is an artist who, every time his audience thinks it has finally figured him out, makes a radical move and breaks with its expectations.

The music documentary also shows Gonzales as he travels from his native Canada to late 90’s under-ground Berlin, and via Paris to the world’s great philharmonic halls. It dives deep into the dichotomy of the composer’s stage persona, where self-doubt and megalomania are just two sides of the same coin.The playfulness of Gonzales’ character is mirrored in the look of the film, as it uses his extensive video archive in a rather unorthodox manner. ‘Shut Up And Play The Piano’ explores his persona by interweaving newly shot interviews and concert scenes with fictional materials of totally different time periods. Reality and fiction blur together as Jedicke embarked on a trip through Gonzales’ world.

ShockYa's Exclusive Shut Up and Play the Piano Clip
ShockYa's Exclusive Shut Up and Play the Piano Clip

ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from director Philipp Jedicke's music biographical documentary about Grammy-winning composer, Chilly Gonzales, which is titled 'Shut Up and Play the Piano,' and is now available on all major VOD platforms, courtesy of 1091 Media.

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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