Compositions

All works: © Jérôme Blais

Des Mots sur ta bouche (2016), for soprano, electric guitar and small ensemble (dur.: 5 min). Based on a text by Acadian poet and visual artist Roméo Savoie. Part of upcoming multimedia show Mouvance (more info TBA).

(Un)Forgotten Voices – Le Tombeau de Barbeau (2012-2015), a song cycle and multimedia show for soprano, chamber ensemble and electronics (premiere: January 2016, Halifax) (dur. of complete show: ca 90 minutes, 60 min. of music)

Keep me… (2015), for violin, piano and percussion (dur.: var.)

Conductus 4 (2014), for conductor and improvising instrumental ensemble (dur.: var.)

(Un)Forgotten Voices (2013), for soprano, chamber ensemble and electronics (dur.: 10 min.)

Le Miroir d’argent (2012), for soprano and chamber ensemble (dur.: 10 min.)

Soliloque 4.0 (2012), for solo violin (dur.: 8 min.)

Songs for Milena (2008-2011), for soprano and orchestra (dur.: 35 min.)

Conductus 3, for conductor and instrumental/vocal ensemble (dur.: var.)

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Dremlen Feygl Oyf Di Tsvaygn (2009) (Yiddish folk song, arrangement, orchestral version) (dur.: 10 min.) Text by Leah Rudnitsky; melody by Leyb Yampolsky (?)
Premiere: by Janice Jackson and Symphony Nova Scotia, conducted by Bernhard Gueller, Halifax, January 7, 2010.

Mouvance (An improvisation and declamation of Gérald Leblanc’s Mouvance) (2009) (dur.: 7 min.)

– Work included on the 2013 East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Award winning Best Classical Recording Between the Shore and the Ships

Work nominated for 2013 ECMA Best Classical Composition

Premiere: by Helen Pridmore and Wesley Ferreira, Grand Pré National Historic Site, NS, January 2010. [Text excerpted from Géomancie, published by l’Interligne (Ottawa); used with permission]

Blanches, Surtout (2009), for voice (soprano) and gamelan (dur.: circa 12 min.) Text by Léonard Forest. Premiere: by Paula Rockwell and the Mindful Flower Gamelan, Wolfville, January 2010:

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Conductus 2 (2009), for mixed choir (dur.: var.)
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Dremlen Feygl Oyf Di Tsvaygn (Yiddish folk song, arrangement) (2008), for voice (soprano), alto flute and harpsichord (dur.: 6 min.) Text by Leah Rudnitsky; melody by Leyb Yampolsky (?)
Commissioned by Janice Jackson; premiered by Janice Jackson, voice, Michelle Cheramy, alto flute, and Simon Docking, harpsichord, Halifax, November 2008:

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VAV (2008), for solo clarinet (dur.: 6 min.)

Commissioned and premiered by Rebecca Danard, Ottawa, May 30, 2009. Rebecca Danard, clarinet:

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Plugged 1.8 (2008), for electric guitar (dur.: 10 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Dalhousie student Eric Hardiman, Halifax, April 2008.

Es ist genug! (2007), for piano (dur.: 9 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Barbara Pritchard, Sackville, NB, November 2007. Subsequent performances: by Barbara Pritchard, Halifax, November 2007; by Corey Hamm, Vancouver, June 2008. Radio broadcast: CBC, December 2007.

Barbara Pritchard, piano:

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Plugged 1.7 (2007), for solo amplified alto flute (dur.: 8 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Karin Aurell, Halifax, September 2007. Subsequent performances: by Karin Aurell, Halifax, November 2007; idem, Antigonish, NS, November 2007.

Plugged 1.6 (2007), for solo amplified double bass (dur.: 8 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Lukas Pearse, Halifax, September 2007.

Rafales (2007), for solo oboe (dur.: 10 min.):

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One Step Closer (2007), for keyboardless piano and string instruments (dur.: var.)
Premiered by J. Blais and Jean-Marc Bouchard, keyboardless piano, Devin Ashton-Beaucage, violin, Christelle Chartrey and Vincent Fournier-Boisvert, cello, Montreal, May 2007.

Fragments from a Broken Country (2007), for mezzo-soprano and prepared piano (dur.: 10 min.) Text by Suji Kwock Kim
Commissioned by Marcia Swanston; premiered by Marcia Swanston and Jérôme Blais, Halifax, March 2007. Subsequent performance: Megan Johnson, mezzo-soprano and Carmen Braden, piano, Wolfville, NS, January 2008.

Conductus 1 (2006), for conductor and instrumental ensemble (dur.: var.)

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Plugged 1.5, A Song of Exile (2005), for solo amplified voice (dur.: 8 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Janice Jackson, Wolfville, NS, November 2005. Subsequent performance: by Janice Jackson, Halifax, September 2007.

Inventio (2005), for solo piano (dur.: 1 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Barbara Pritchard, Halifax, October 2005. Subsequent performance: by Barbara Pritchard, Halifax, December 2006.

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Canons (2004), for percussions and piano (dur.: 10 min.)
Commissioned by the NewFound Music Festival, Saint-John’s, Newfoundland; premiered by The Scruncheons, Saint-John’s, Newfoundland, February 2005. Subsequent performance: by McGill University Percussion Ensemble, Montreal, March 2008.

Menus objets (2004), for soprano saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and piano (dur.: 12 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Bradyworks ensemble, Montreal, February 2004. Subsequent performances: by Bradyworks, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, QC, Toronto, December 2004; idem, Quebec City, March 2007.

Plugged 1.4 (2003), for solo amplified tombak (dur.: 7 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Constantinople Ensemble (Tombak: Ziya Tabassian), Montreal, December 2003. Subsequent performances: by Ziya Tabassian, Ottawa, January 2004, June 2005; by Ken Shorley, Halifax, September 2007. Radio broadcast: SRC, September 2004.

Plugged 1.3 (2003), for solo amplified bass clarinet (dur.: 10 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Continuum Ensemble (Clarinet: Peter Stoll), Toronto, March 2003. Subsequent performances: by François Lebrun, Montreal, April 2004; by Jean-Sébastien Leblanc, Montreal, May 2007; by Jeff Reilley, Halifax, September 2007.

Plugged 1.2 (2002), for solo amplified harpsichord (dur.: 10 min.)
Commissioned by the Sound Symposium of Saint John’s, Newfoundland; premiered by Mary O’Keeffe, Saint John’s, Newfoundland, July 2002. Subsequent performances: by Mary O’Keeffe, Saint-John’s, Newfoundland, February 2005; by Cynthia Hiebert, Kitchener-Waterloo, September 2005; by Cy Giacomin, Halifax, September 2007. Radio broadcast: CBC, September 2002.

Plugged 1.1 (2002), for solo amplified marimba (dur.: 10 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Charles Duquette, Montreal, May 2002. Subsequent performance: by Clare MacDonald, Halifax, September 2007.

Con Stella (2001), for piano, with one or many instrument, ad libitum (dur.: var.)
Premiered by Jérôme Blais, piano and Jean-Marc Bouchard, bass saxophone, Montreal, March 2001. Subsequent performances: by J.B, piano, J.-M.B, bar. sax., Marie-Noël Laporte, violin, Delphine Measroch, cello and Jean-Félix Mailloux, double bass, Montreal, April 2001; by J.B., piano, Bozzini String Quartet and Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Montreal, May 2002; by J.B., piano and J.-M.B., saxophone, Toronto, May 2002; by J.B., piano, Montreal, August 2002; by J.B., piano and J.-M.B., saxophone, Montreal, 2003; by Barbara Pritchard, piano, Saint-John’s, Newfoundland, November 2004; idem, Sackville, NB, January 2005; By Simon Docking, Halifax, December 2005; by Toca Loca ensemble, Toronto, February 2009. Radio broadcast: SRC, October 2002. CD recording: by Barbara Pritchard, Centrediscs label.

Blues for Hank (2000), for one or two harpsichords (dur.: 7 min.)
Commissioned by the symposium The Harpsichord Then and Now; premiered by Hank Knox and Jérôme Blais, Lennoxville, QC, February 2001. Subsequent performances: by H. K. and J. B., Montreal, May 2001; by the Montreal Organ Consort, Montreal, April 2002. Radio broadcast: CBC, May 2002.

Dona Nobis . . . (2000), for two solo voices, children’s (or women’s) choir and percussion (dur.: 12 min.)
Commission by Innovation en Concerts; premiered by the Dalhousie Chamber Choir, Gary Ewer, dir., Halifax, November 2005.

Transfuges (2000), for one or many instruments (dur.: var.)
Premiered by the Jahbar Ensemble (pno, sax., bass), Montreal, May 2000.

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Parcours (1999), for piano and one melodic instrument (dur.: 12 -15 min.)
Premiered by Luc Leclerc, piano and Sylvain Houle, alto saxophone, Montreal, May 2003. Subsequent performances: by Luc Leclerc, piano and Érik Boucher, alto saxophone, Montreal, May 2004; by Simon Docking, piano and Wallace Halladay, alto saxophone, Halifax, October 2004; by Erik Ross, piano and Scott Good, trombone, Toronto, March, May 2005; by Erik Ross, piano, and Wallace Halladay, Saxophone, Toronto, November 2005; by the Glenn Gould School Contemporary Music Ensemble, Toronto, March 2008.

Ludi (1998), for bass clarinet, trumpet, percussion, double bass (dur.: 9 min.)
Commissioned and Premiered by the Array Music Ensemble, Toronto, May 1998. Subsequent performance: by the Contemporary Music Ensemble of the University of Montreal, Montreal, April 1999.

Soliloque égaré (1998), for string quartet (dur.: 14 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by the Bozzini String Quartet (formerly Euterpe), Montreal, April 1998. Subsequent performances: Bozzini quartet, Montreal, October 2000; idem, Montreal, December 2000; idem, Montreal, February 2001; idem, Lennoxville, QC, May 2001; idem, Montreal, September 2001; idem, New York City, September 2001. Radio broadcasts: SRC, 2001.

Chanson pour Pépin (1997), for alto saxophone and percussion (dur.: 10 min.)
Commissioned and premiered by Jean-François Guay, saxophone and Julie Béchard, percussion, Quebec City, January 1998. Subsequent performances: idem, Sherbrooke, QC, January 1998; idem, Montreal, February 1998.

Le voyageur insomniaque (1996), for flute, cello and percussion (dur.: 12 min.)
Commission and premiered by the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, March 1997. Subsequent performances: by the ECM, Montreal, March 1997; idem, Montreal, March 1999; by the Continuum ensemble, Toronto, February 2001; by the Scotia Festival of Music, Halifax, June 2006; by Michelle Cheramy, flute, Nathan Cook, cello and Marcus reddick, percussion, Penfield, GA, November 2006.

Le jour transfiguré (1995), for saxophone quartet (dur.: 14 min.)
Commission and premiered by the Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Montreal, April 1996.

Suite Dionysos (1995), for chamber orchestra (dur.: 25 min.)
Premiered by the Musica Nova ensemble, Lennoxville, QC, November 1996.

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