Pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais has shared “outsiders,” a new composition taken from his upcoming second album Dans ma main. The track samples an interview with another famous Jean-Michel, legendary artist Basquiat, before blossoming into a beautiful, melancholic piano melody. This is poignant music that eschews melodrama in favor of peaceful reflection and contemplative atmosphere. As the piece evolves Blais adds subtle layers of ambient electronics.
STREAM: Jean-Michel Blais – “outsiders”
After suffering from Tourette’s since his early age he discovered the power that music had over his illness. “It started when I was very young, noticing that when I would play, all my tics would drastically stop until the last note then come back. It’s an observed phenomenon now…I studied psychology, and feel this must be a cause or consequence of other, deeper complex problems in the psyche or subconscious. OK, I have Tourette’s and I can take pills to fix that, but it’s a plaster. You’re not fixing the wound or why you’re wounded.”
Blais will be performing the music from dans ma main at London’s Vortex Jazz café on July 17th. Info is available HERE.
Stream “blind”: https://youtu.be/FN-2YFOZA-s
Stream “roses”: https://youtu.be/JGVFSdao4uw
Stream “dans ma main”: https://youtu.be/ZEko1_Ww3tU
Dans ma main, the second album by pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais, is an expansive album of post-classical piano with strands of electronic detail. Blending his conservatory skill and precise pop sensibility with synthetic accompaniment, Blais creates unique environments where the piano’s intimacy can be subtly disrupted at any time.
Dans ma main explores an everyday life awash in spirituality, stemming from Blais’ interplay with music as therapy. Compelled by the cathartic air that audiences exude in his pin-drop performances, Blais considers how music has served as a tool of wellness in his own life. From his prior career in special education, to the role classical and ambient music played soothing the Tourettic symptoms he experienced as a child, Jean-Michel’s new compositions subconsciously call upon these periods of his life, reimagining a serenity he had only experienced seated at the piano.
Growing up in rural Quebec, Blais began writing original compositions by age 11, and by 17 was invited to the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory. However, the constraints of formal training drew Blais off this musical course, putting aside his piano until years later, settling in Montreal, he rediscovered his love.
Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
(May 11th, 2018 – Arts & Crafts)
dans ma main
a heartbeat away