Jean-Michel Blais – sérénades [Streaming]

Today the Montreal-based musician Jean-Michel Blais dropped the EP called sérénades via Arts & Crafts.
Lovely and beautiful selected tracks from aubades and three new songs that strips away the orchestral sound to more of a intimate soundscape of the piano.

About sérénades by Jean-Michel:
“This EP is the length of the recommended nap: 25 to 30 minutes. To be honest, I’ve never been able to listen to this EP without drifting into sleep. I normally try and make my music play with your attention by constantly introducing new elements. But with this EP I was thinking about music of the night. It’s not meant to distract you and keep you alert. Please fall asleep to it.”

One of these new tracks, ‘la chute’ (‘The Fall’), continues a rich tradition of composers writing music specifically for the left hand, including works by composers such as Scriabin, Ravel, Bach and Chopin. ‘la chute’ was composed after Blais injured his right arm in a fall, leading him to channel his frustration into the piece.

“There was a moment there where I thought it was just finished for me as a pianist. It was quite a dark place which is why the song is not that happy. In the emergency room, they gave me morphine and ketamine, putting me in a state where I was completely disconnected from reality. My boyfriend had this denim coat with a woollen collar, and for some reason, I started dreaming about sheep in the alps, a shepherd, and the sheep’s wool becoming clouds as I drifted into the sky. And suddenly there was Maurice Ravel who suddenly appeared on his own little cloud.

“When I came back to reality, the dream reminded me of this piece that Ravel wrote for his friend who lost his right arm in the First World War. So then, for fun, I just started playing with what remained (my left hand) and I composed ‘la chute’.”

sérénades gets: 📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷/10.

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