In 2018, Grammy Award-winning composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales called all performing musicians to join him in a journey into the unknown: The Gonzervatory, a music school where freedom and fun coexist with discipline and reverence. The selected students were musicians from all over the world. They were trained, they were self-taught. They were acoustic, electronic. They were singers and rappers and instrumentalists.
This year, Chilly Gonzales is proud to present the second Gonzervatory, an all-expenses-paid 10-day music performance workshop taking place in his hometown of Cologne, Germany this Fall. Five selected students will win a trip to hone their musical skills in preparation for a final concert led by Chilly Gonzales himself.
The Gonzervatory is open to every musician 18 or older, from all parts of the globe, who write and perform their own material: composing instrumentalists, singer-songwriters, rappers, producers. Together with their professors, students will explore Musical Humanism, audience psychology and what it means to be a performing musician in 2019.
At the Gonzervatory, students arrive to a Convocation Concert on Monday, October 28, 2019. Their first meeting with Chilly Gonzales will be… on stage!
During the workshop, students will live and work together in a musical home created at Cologne’s own 25hours Hotel, The Circle. Each day starts with one-on-one coaching sessions with Gonzo, followed by afternoon masterclasses from special guests selected from his friends and collaborators. Each evening the students rehearse together, learning and practicing each other’s songs for the Graduation Concert on Friday 8 November 2019.
The experience, with all its inevitable struggles and triumphs, will be documented and shared with viewers all over the world. Livestreams and daily video debriefs will allow audiences to witness personal exchanges in real time and develop an emotional investment in the participants’ musical progress.
You can apply here, but hurry, it closes May 1, 2019..