Moody, evocative and gossamer light French Canadian, Jean-Michel Blais, writes compostions for a winter evening in. He is described by some as a post-classical composer and during his recent concert at National Sawdust, he explained how he liked to take previously inaccessible modernist works that seemed to be deliberately obtuse and ‘hard’ for the listener, and turn them into something altogether more accessible.
In this he succeeds admirably. Synths accompanied certain pieces but in the main the instrumentals were piano based and reminiscent of Yann Tierson’s work on soundtracks like ‘Amelie.’
More unexpectedly, Blais talked to the audience and displayed a sense of humor and affable nature that is not common among classically trained musicians.
His latest album ‘Dans de Main’ is a beautiful piece of work and hopefully will win his plenty of new fans