Jean-Michel Blais

Il Il Il II

Marketing Highlights

Jean-Michel Blais is a 32 year-old pianist from Montreal who pairs the melodic pop sensibilities of Yann Tiersen and Chilly Gonzales with the breathtaking technical skill of minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Erik Satie.

"Simply put, ‘Il’ is a masterpiece." - Exclaim (9/10)

"[Il] invites you to take a moment and recognize there’s still plenty of beauty left in the world." - TIME Magazine (Top 10 Best Album of 2016)

  • ‘Il’ debuted at #1 Classical Billboard Chart (Canada)

  • ‘Il’ longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize

  • “Nostos” peaked at #14 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50; #2 on Canada Viral 50

  • ‘Il’ has accumulated over 10.5 million streams on Spotify with 800K monthly listeners.

  • “Nostos” hit #1 on Hype Machine’s Popular chart twice (Mar 1, Apr 10).

  • Two upcoming videos for “il” and “Ad claritatem Domine”

  • Upcoming feature interview with The Fader.

  • Canadian press highlights: Features and reviews on Globe & Mail, CBC q, Exclaim, Noisey. Performed live on CBC for International Piano Day.

  • Quebec press highlights: VOIR, ICI Musique, Journal de Montréal, Le Canal Auditif, La Bible Urbaine, 98.5 FM

  • Global press highlights: Coverage from MTV News, The Fader, THUMP, XLR8R, THe Verge, FACT, IMPOSE

  • Past shows include month-long residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 2x sold out Montreal Jazz Festival, sold out headline shows at Pop Montreal and The Great Hall in Toronto.

  • Sold out October show in Montreal for the Red Bull Music Academy includes a collaborative performance with Grammy-nominated electronic artist CFCF

Live dates:

Dec 2 - Théâtre Belcourt - Nicolet, QC

Feb 24 - National Arts Centre - Ottawa, ON

Bio

Jean-Michel Blais is a 31 year-old pianist from Montreal who pairs the melodic pop sensibilities of Yann Tiersen and Chilly Gonzales with the breathtaking technical skill of minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Erik Satie.

Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town in Quebec with little to no Culture. He began tinkering and composing with his family’s organ at age 9 and by 16 he was invited by a conservatory to train as a classical pianist. However, deep in the throes of teenage rebellion he found the constraints of formal training cumbersome and left after two years.

Blais then spent his 20s living around the world including stints in Berlin and South America before finally settling in Montreal where, by improvising every day, he began writing his debut album Il, set to be released by Arts & Crafts on April 8th 2016.

Tracklist

1. Hasselblad 4 (Improvisation)
2. il
3. Dada
4. Nostos (feat. BUFFLO)
5. Hasselblad 2 (Improvisation)
6. Budapest
7. Casa
8. Rondo Majeur (Trois Mains)

Home Market

Montreal, QC - Canada

Album Details

Artist

Jean-Michel Blais

Album Title

Il

Street Date

03/03/2017

Order Due Date

02/03/2017

Discount

5% (ends 03/09/2017)

Genre

Classical

Label

Arts&Crafts

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD12

UPC

827590119161

Catalog #

AC119CDDLX

Album Details

Artist

Jean-Michel Blais

Album Title

Il

Street Date

04/15/2016

Order Due Date

03/18/2016

Discount

5% (ends 04/21/2016)

Genre

Classical

Label

Arts&Crafts

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD12

UPC

827590119123

Catalog #

AC119CD

Album Details

Artist

Jean-Michel Blais

Album Title

Il

Street Date

10/14/2016

Order Due Date

09/16/2016

Genre

Classical

Label

Arts&Crafts

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP20

UPC

827590119116

Catalog #

AC119LP

Album Details

Artist

Jean-Michel Blais

Album Title

II

Preorder Date

08/26/2016

Street Date

10/07/2016

Genre

Classical

Label

Arts&Crafts

Configuration

Digital Audio Longplay

UPC

886446068701

Videos