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Jérôme Blais: Biography

Jérôme Blais
1965 -
Region: Atlantic

Jérôme Blais

The music of Jérôme Blais has been performed by several musicians and ensembles, including Janice Jackson, Suzie Leblanc, the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), Symphony Nova Scotia, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Rosa Ensemble of Amsterdam, Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Bozzini String Quartet, Bradyworks, Array Music and Continuum. He has been invited as featured composer by several festivals and was keynote speaker at the 2010 Canadian University Music Society’s annual congress. Prestigious performances of his works include his arrangement of the Yiddish song Dremlen Feygl Oyf Di Tsvaygn for chamber ensemble, by soprano Suzie LeBlanc with the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec in Montreal and the orchestral version of this arrangement, which is part of his song cycle Songs for Milena (dedicated to the memory of Czech journalist Milena Jesensnká), performed by Janice Jackson and Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, conducted by Airat Ichmouratov. The complete song cycle was premiered by Janice Jackson and Symphony Nova Scotia, conducted by Bernhard Gueller in Halifax. His work (Un)Forgotten Voices, part of the multimedia show (Un)Forgotten Voices-Le Tombeau de Barbeau, won the Prix Collégien de Musique Contemporaine in Quebec in 2015 and his work Mouvance is included on the 2013 ECMA Award winning CD Between the Shore and the Ships. He is now Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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