The Orford Music Young Philanthropists Committee invites music-lovers to this benefit concert featuring pianist, composer, and performer Jean-Michel Blais.
He’s here with pieces from his third recording, Aubades, which walked away with the 2022 Félix Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. 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.
Montreal pianist Jean-Michel Blais combines the melodic pop sensibility of a Yann Tiersen or Chilly Gonzales with the stupefying technical mastery of minimalists Philip Glass and Erik Satie. Following up on sublimes II and dans ma main, Blais released aubades on February 4 on the MXK/Decca and Arts & Crafts labels.