Jean-Michel Blais presents

Jean-Michel Blais

Flying Hórses

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pm

First Baptist Church - Ottawa

Ottawa, ON

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show has been moved to Saturday January 20th.

Venue, times and prices remain the same, tickets with the original date will be accepted at the door, new tickets are now available. 

tickets also available at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations

lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.

Jean-Michel Blais
Jean-Michel Blais
Jean-Michel Blais is a 31 year-old pianist from Montreal, Canada. His enchanting instrumental compositions pair the melodic pop sensibilities of Amalie-era Yann Tiersen and Arts & Crafts alumni Chilly Gonzales with the breathtaking technical skill of classical minimalists like Philip Glass and Erik Satie. Il, his debut album of original compositions is set to be released on April 8th 2016 by Arts & Crafts.

Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town in Quebec absent of Culture save for a giant Encyclopedia he'd read feverishly as a child. At age 9, Blais began tinkering on his family's organ, improvising, and at age 11 started to write original compositions and taking piano lessons. A natural talent, by 17 he was invited to the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory and began training as a classical pianist. However, Blais was entering the throes of teenage rebellion and found the constraints of formal training cumbersome rigid structure. Gravitating towards experimentation, Blais wasn't content to be told how to play, and not to improvise or compose.

A few years later, he attracted the attention of famed playwright and director, Robert Lepage, who introduced Blais to the who's who of Quebec's entertainment industry. With no particular plan for a music career, he quickly took a step back and decided it was time for more explorations.

He moved to Europe in his mid-20s living in Berlin and spent six months in South America. During that time he'd intermittently compose music with long gaps of not even touching a piano. Blais finally settled in Montreal where he rediscovered his love for composing and performing which caught the ear of Arts & Crafts. Written over a two years by improvising every day, Jean-Michel Blais' debut album, Il, is available now.

For fans of: Nils Frahm, Chilly Gonzales, Erik Satie
Flying Hórses
Flying Hórses
Flying Hórses is the project of Jade Bergeron. Tölt was recorded mostly in Iceland and is filled with the sounds of piano, wurlitzer, celesta, glockenspiel, bells, chimes, music boxes and cello. Elegiac and transportive, she describes her debut as “a journey through memories.” She was invited to play Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in 2015 as well as the world-renowned Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 2016. The Banff Centre for Performance Arts welcomed Flying Hórses in the fall of 2016, to work and collaborate with Juno award-winner Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think). In the spring of 2017, she released Sorg Sea; a movement, mixed by Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), it premiered on CBC’s ‘The Strombo Show’.

She is currently working on her sophomore record.

Flying Hórses’ debut album, Tölt was recorded with Sigur Rós’ producer, Biggi Birgisson, at Sundlaugin Studio in Iceland. Shortly after the release of Tölt she joined the 1631 Recordings roster alongside Oscar-nominated composers Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. The Montreal composer and musician recently paired up with award-winning Director Alexandre Richard from Quebec production house Cinearcale, to release a captivating filmic video that explores the bliss and trauma of childhood. It premiered on The FADER, and won ‘Best Director’ at the ‘Paris International Music Video Competition 2017’.

Tölt is available now.
Venue Information:
First Baptist Church - Ottawa
140 Laurier Ave. W
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1L4