The Canadian musician and producer Gonzales made history today when he broke the world record for the longest-ever solo concert. The 37-year-old artist, who was born Jason Charles Beck and currently lives in Paris, France, successfully played piano non-stop for 27 hours, three minutes and 44 seconds in a performance at the Cine Theatre 13 in Paris that began at midnight Saturday night (technically the very beginning of Sunday) and ran until just past 3am this morning (local French time).
The record-breaking concert by Gonzales was streamed through his website. It contained 300 pieces of music in varying lengths and included a diversity of works from the likes of Gershwin, Beethoven, Britney Spears, and Feist (a fellow Canadian artist he regularly collaborates with). In the video above from approximitely 5:30am yesterday, he is seen/heard performing the Feist piece.
The performer takes the new world title from the previous Guinness record-holder, Prasanna Gudi of India, who had played raga for 26 hours and 12 minutes in 2008. As reported by the the Ottawa Citizen, Guinness, who monitored the solo performance, did permit Gonzales to take a 15 minute break after each three-hour set and a 30-second pause in between songs.
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The author decorates his new Study.
It’s late. I’m tired. And earthquaked. I’d no sooner finished up my final box of bric-a-brac placement, when the latest in seismic waves rocked my little piece of Los Angeles.
What occurred in my imagination was far more dramatic than what actually took place. In my mind, my bookshelf toppled over on me and I was knocked unconscious by my collection of creepy, antique clowns and monkeys. Naturally the wound would cause me to fall into a coma, and since the boyfriend is in Vegas for the weekend, I wouldn’t be discovered until late tomorrow. Although he’d rush me to the hospital (taking time to wolf down a Cliff Builder Bar – this candy bar masquerading as a protein supplement he’s addicted to) and I’d be put on life-support, my vegetative state would last for days.
By the time I came out of the coma, I would have lost 180 pounds (making me a very fashionable 5 pounds) and my speech would sound like a recitation of Dada poetry. For some reason I’d be scared of celery, too, though the doctors would never understand why.
New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:
Ghost - FREEDOM OF THOUGHT EP #1 12" BNB046
UK hip hop producer GHOST drops this dope as hell 5 track EP mixing 2 rap tracks and 3 beat driven instrumental head nodders that fans of NINJA TUNE, DJ SHADOW, RJD2 and the like will dig. One rap cut is a brand new remix of DJ IQ's "ELEVATE" feat JEHST on vocals. Don't sleep.
Tiga - SHOES 12" DIFB1216T
First single from his forthcoming LP is a delicious slice of non conformist pop feat a mystery female guest and prod by SOULWAX! Killer mixes from MR OIZO and GREEN VELVET take this superstar DJ / fashion icon into the pop stratosphere. Not to be missed indeed.
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Ghost - LET EM KNOW 12" BNB017
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Emperor Machine - KANANANA 12" DC96
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