After selling out Purcell Room last month, and two shows at Vortex Jazz Club last summer, the Canadian based pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais is back in London, with his album Dans ma main, short-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
Dans ma main 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.
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Tickets £15 +bf
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG