Encounters

CFCF and Jean-Michel Blais

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60 minsFirst aired 4 Oct 2016This episode is unavailable. Why?
Dan Wilton

Grammy-nominated electronic producer CFCF speaks with fellow Montréal-based artist, the modern classical pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais.

Montréal-based CFCF, known in the electronic world for his delicate compositions, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 (for Best Remixed Recording) for his version of Max Richter’s violin composition “Berlin by Overnight,” performed by Daniel Hope on his album Spheres. With dozens of single and EP releases on labels such as Vancouver’s 1080p and RVNG Ltd, and five albums to date, CFCF’s synth-led work, imbued with Balearic, new age, modern classical and ambient, also often plays with received notions of taste and kitsch within pop music. CFCF’s Encounter is with fellow Montreal artist, Jean-Michel Blais. An accomplished pianist and composer, Blais released his debut album, II, on Arts & Crafts. One of Canada’s foremost record labels, Blais is sharing a home with the likes of Feist, Broken Social Scene, Bloc Party and Fucked Up. With his emotive performance style and avant-garde composition techniques, Blais crosses over between the ambient and modern classical genres that CFCF finds a deep kinship with, but with his own ear for detail and ideas for the future.

Credits:

Interview by Johnny Hockin
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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