Luminato 2017: Jean Michel Blais (Solo Piano)

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Jean-Michel Blais is a 33-year-old pianist from Montreal whose enchanting instrumental compositions pair melodic pop sensibilities with the breathtaking technical skill of classical minimalism.

Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town in Quebec bereft of formal music training. At age 11, he began tinkering on his family’s organ, improvising and writing original compositions. A natural talent, by 17 he was invited to the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory and began training as a classical pianist. Gravitating towards experimentation, he left the school after three years. He later attracted the attention of playwright-director Robert Lepage, before heading to Europe and taking a break from music.

Blais released his debut album of original compositions, Il, in 2016 on Arts and Crafts, condensing two years of daily improvisations into a blindingly bright exploration of piano textures that bridges ethos and musical styles. Il received fantastic reviews, and was one of TIME Magazine’s top 10 albums of the year.

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The heart of Luminato festival this year will be David Pecaut Square (June 14-25) featuring The Famous Spiegeltent, a 1920s heritage travelling pavilion which provides an intimate performance space. Accompanied by a licensed bar and outdoor patio, fun activations and food trucks. It's the perfect place to unwind and discover.

Organised by Luminato Festival;
Photo by Isis Essery/Arts & Crafts.
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