Jérôme Blais (Atlantic) (2012-present)

“I am hap­py to serve again on the nation­al board of the CNMN. My goal is to help devel­op a stronger voice for new music in Atlantic Cana­da and raise the pro­file of our region at the nation­al lev­el. For over 15 years I have acquired exten­sive expe­ri­ence with sev­er­al music orga­ni­za­tions, serv­ing on the board of Codes d’accès in Mon­tre­al, the region­al coun­cil of the CMC in Que­bec, the Société québé­coise de recherche en musique, the Cana­di­an League of Com­posers and Quasar Sax­o­phone Quar­tet. I am cur­rent­ly chair of the Atlantic board of the CMC and as such serve on the nation­al board of the orga­ni­za­tion. Since my arrival in Hal­i­fax, almost 10 years ago, I have been an active mem­ber of the new music scene as an indi­vid­ual artist, as well as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a major insti­tu­tion, Dal­housie Uni­ver­si­ty. Final­ly, my approach as a com­pos­er is broad-rang­ing, from cham­ber impro­vised to orches­tral music, which puts me in a good posi­tion to reach out to oth­er new music stake­hold­ers, no mat­ter what their back­ground is..” [2014]

After study­ing Music The­o­ry at McGill Uni­ver­si­ty, Jérôme Blais com­plet­ed Mas­ter’s and doc­tor­al degrees in com­po­si­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tre­al. His works, which fea­ture a unique encounter between tra­di­tion­al com­po­si­tion and impro­vi­sa­tion, have been per­formed by sev­er­al ensem­bles, among which are Sym­pho­ny Nova Sco­tia, Ensem­ble con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal, Rosa Ensem­ble of Ams­ter­dam, Quasar Sax­o­phone Quar­tet, Bozzi­ni String Quar­tet, Brady­works, Array­mu­sic and Con­tin­u­um. He has been invit­ed as fea­tured com­pos­er by fes­ti­vals such as New­found Music in St. John’s, New­found­land and Shat­ter­ing the Silence in Wolfville, Nova Sco­tia and Ok.Quoi? in Sackville, New Brunswick. In 2010 he was keynote speak­er at the Cana­di­an Uni­ver­si­ty Music Society’s annu­al con­gress. Recent pres­ti­gious per­for­mances of his works include Es ist genug! by Cana­di­an pianist Ang Li at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Hong Kong, and an excerpt of his song cycle Songs for Mile­na (ded­i­cat­ed to the mem­o­ry of Czech jour­nal­ist Mile­na Jesen­snká) by Yan­nick Nézet-Séguin’s Orchestre Mét­ro­pol­i­tain in Mon­tre­al. Mou­vance, (a work based on texts by Aca­di­an poet Gérald Leblanc) and Rafales (for solo oboe) were nom­i­nat­ed for ECMA’s Best Clas­si­cal Com­po­si­tion of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Mou­vances is on the ECMA’s album Between the Shore and the Ships, an award-win­ner for Best Clas­si­cal Record­ing. He is now Pro­fes­sor of Com­po­si­tion and Music The­o­ry at Dal­housie Uni­ver­si­ty, in Hal­i­fax, Nova Scotia.