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Jean-Michel Blais

aubades

Mercury KX
Release Date: February 4, 2022

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passepied (Official Video)
passepied
absinthe
1 murmures  
2 passepied  
3 nina  
4 flâneur  
5 ouessant  
6 if you build it, they will come  
7 amour  
8 yanni  
9 absinthe  
10 carrousel  
11 doux  
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aubades, the new album from post-classical piano icon Jean-Michel Blais, marks the Montreal-born musician’s transition from pianist to composer, as he writes for an ensemble for the first time in his career. Written during the pandemic and following a breakup, Blais has used his distinctive musical voice to create a defiantly uplifting record with glistening instrumental textures and warm major tonalities. The album’s title refers to the “aubade”, a Middle Ages morning love song about lovers separating at daybreak: a dawn serenade.

Jean-Michel Blais has been a celebrated figure in the post-classical piano world since the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album II in 2016. He attended Quebec’s prestigious Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory but left after two years of study, exhausted by the restraints of the traditional music curriculum. Blais then travelled widely before retraining as a special education teacher. Whilst working as a teacher, he returned to music on his own terms, rediscovering his passion through improvising on the piano. These improvisations formed the basis of a recording career that has earned him a Libera Award, two Polaris prize nominations, a #1 on the Billboard Classical chart and a Time Magazine top ten album of the year. 

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