Presented in Collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy.
Cascades is the music collaboration between two Montreal-based musicians: neo-classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais and genre-defying, Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer Mike Silver (aka CFCF). Opening acts include Casey MQ and Angus Tarnawsky.
Building on their sold-out performance that premiered as part of the globally celebrated 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, 'Cascades' is a stunning five song, thirty minute meeting-of-minds that navigates spaces between the artists’ respective crafts and tendencies toward playful minimalism, here presented in its longer show form. Featuring reworkings from the duo’s catalogues, an interpretation of John Cage’s In A Landscape, and a new original, Hypocrite, Cascades is a celebration of the traditional and experimental, dissolving the old into the new.
CFCF was recently profiled in The New York Times and nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for his remix of Max Richter’s “Berlin by Overnight.” Jean-Michel Blais’ 2016 debut album Il landed on TIME Magazine’s top ten albums of 2016, debuting at number one on the Classical Billboard Chart (Canada), and was long-listed for a Polaris Music Prize. It has accumulated over 10.5 million streams on Spotify.
Toronto’s pianist/vocalist/guitarist Casey MQ – real name Casey Manierka-Quaile – switches between melancholic soul and neo-orchestral movements, groove-laden electronic pop and piano-based ballads dripping with sadness and drama. Beyond his solo work, Casey MQ is also in a Toronto band called Unbuttoned, and has spent time as a songwriter-in-residence at the Canadian Film Centre, where he has composed original music for a number of films. A classically-trained pianist, he began learning his craft at the age of eight, and his current output sees him building and expanding on that foundation, as well as delving into the world of producing both for himself and others.
Born in Australia and based in Vancouver, Angus Tarnawsky’s musical vision is as diverse as his upbringing. Primarily a drummer, he’s played as a session musician for numerous bands from around the world and produced, recorded and played drums for the debut Flowers Of Evil record. When working on his solo music, Tarnawsky plays and records on acoustic drums before processing them with an electronic rig, blurring the lines between the synthetic and the organic to create tunes that veer from delicate to distorted and apocalyptic.
See Jean-Michel Blais in an enchanting solo show at The Famous Spiegeltent on June 15.