Beginning at 23:30 on Saturday May 16th and through 4:00 Monday May 18th, Gonzales will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for longest concert by a solo artist. The previous record is 26 hours and 12 minutes and was performed by Prasanna Gudi (India) at the Mallikarjun Mansoor Kala Bhavan public auditorium, Dharwad, Karnataka, India from 28 to 29 December 2008.
Gonzales explains his motivation: "I will do this to push my muscial and physical stamina. I believe music is part art, part athletics and this 27-hour concert will demonstrate both aspects."
Gonzales has been consulting with the Guiness Book of Record to ensure a smooth attempt and an Official Guinness Judge will adjudicate the event on site. Repertoire will touch on recognizable songs from all eras and styles of music, in new and surprising arrangements. There will be no repetition of material during the attempt. As Gonzales himself says "I will break the record without sounding like a broken record".
The record attempt takes place at the theatre of notable French film director Claude Lelouch and his daughter Salome, Theatre Ciné 13 at 1 avenue Junot in Paris. The attempt in its entirety will be streamed live on www.Arte.fr and look out for a documentary of the event in the future.
For people in Paris who would like to attend:
Doors open: Saturday 16 May at 23h30
Schedule, in 3 hour Sittings: 00:00-3h, 3h15-6h15, 6h30-9h30, 9h45-12h45, 13h-16h, 16h15-19h15, 19h30-22h30, 22h45-00h45, 1h-4h
Tickets : 18 € per Sitting of 3 continuous hours
Multiple Entry Ticket for 12 continuous hours : 50 € Multiple Entry Ticket for 27 hours : 100 € Tickets may be purchased at Ciné 13 Théâtre.