MRG Live present
At St James Hall - Vancouver
Doors 7:00 Show 8:00 PM
Jean-Michel Blais is a pianist-composer-performer based in Montreal. Growing up in rural Quebec, Blais only started tickling on the family organ at age 9, before beginning to compose, then to attend piano lessons. He enjoyed playing in masses, weddings and funerals. Endowed with natural talent, he entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Trois-Rivières where he trained as a classical pianist. The constraints of it bothered him, as he began to gravitate around improvisation and experimentation. He therefore left the institution to travel, interrupting his musical journey.
Noticed by Toronto-based label Arts & Crafts, Blais launched his debut opus, Il, written after two years of
daily improvisation, recorded with a Zoom H4n in his Mile-End apartment. The disc ranked among the Top
10 best albums in Time Magazine, which mentioned that his music breathes, invites to take a moment and
recognize there's still plenty of beauty left in the world. The album collected more than 50 million plays
worldwide, ranked fourteen times number one on classical Billboard (Canada) and appeared in the long list
of the Polaris Music Prize.
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