Jean-Michel Blais Jean-Michel Blais Montreal Jean-Michel Blais is a post-classical pianist and composer from Montreal, Canada. Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town in Quebec. By the age of 17, he was invited to the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory and began training as a classical pianist. Blais started to gravitate towards experimentation and improvisation, which caught the ear of Toronto-based indie label Arts & Crafts. Blais’ debut album, Il, was written and recorded in his apartment over two years by improvising every day. It was released on April 8, 2016, and amassed 50 million streams worldwide, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Classical chart in Canada 14 times, earning a Polaris Music Prize long list nomination and a spot on Time Magazine’s top ten albums of 2016. Blais sophomore album, Dans ma main is an expansive album of post-classical piano music with strands of electronic detail.