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NMC and Sled Island present: Jean-Michel Blais
October 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT$19
Growing up in rural Quebec, Jean-Michel Blais began writing original compositions by age 11, and by 17 was invited to the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory. However, the constraints of formal training drew Blais off this musical course, putting aside his piano until years later, settling in Montreal, he rediscovered his love. The result, as Blais’ body of work unfurls, is the creation of a new musical forum where freshly sounded notes bounce back instantly with the magic and wisdom of shared space. Dans ma main, Blais’ 2018 Polaris Prize Short-Listed album, captures but one moment of infinite lineage, but with it comes the reminder of all the energy we hold in our own hands, in this moment. This performance will seamlessly meld Blais’ classical training and his fearless exploration of composition. Experimental Calgary flautist Jiajia Li will open the show.