Since the release of his debut album, Jean-Michel Blais has gained recognition among a broader audience. contrast II garnered over 50 million streams worldwide and reached the number one spot on the Canadian Billboard Classical Charts a remarkable 14 times.
His latest album aubades was born out of a time of great catharsis and inspiration during the pandemic. “These are things we all experience,” he says. “But at the same time, it was this fruitful moment of creativity for me. We started having hares in the park, beautiful butterflies flying everywhere. It was a time of lots of blossoming, and also a moment when I blossomed from being a pianist into a composer.”
aubades is named after the Middle Ages notion of romantic music written for dawn and daybreak, performed by troubadours under the windows of others. With this new record, the post-classical pianist writes for the first time in his career for an ensemble: he has created 11 aubades for 12 musicians, all of which celebrate rebirth, a season in bloom and the expectation of a new day to come.
Wednesday, September 27
Doors: 19 Uhr / Start: 20 Uhr