About Jean-Michel Blais
Jean-Michel Blais is a Franco-Canadian composer and pianist, who grew up in Québec.
Blais’s compositions are formed by influences from classical music, jazz and experimental and electronic music. Hereby, he focuses on minimalistic arrangements and a seemingly spontaneous style of play based on improvisation. In his pieces, a variety of sounds and expression is more paramount to him than technical precision.
The entire debut album II was recorded at the living room of his flat at Montreal which is also depicted on the album cover. The album reached number one of the Canadian billboard charts for classical music and the Time Magazine chose it as one of the ten best albums of 2016.
In 2017, Blais collaborated with the Grammy-nominated producer Mike Silver (also known as CFCF) for their joint album Cascades. The two musicians combine Blais’s typical minimalistic arrangements with the use of sythesizers and electronic sound elements. Besides four new edits of own titles, Blais and Silver tie to the sound characteristics of new music with a reminiscence to John Cage’s In A Landscape.