"It is Jean-Christian MICHEL's characteristic to exhaust all the possibilities offered by musical material".
"Rigorous in his compositions, Jean-Christian MICHEL's musical art is just like the universe which it irresistibly evokes : harmonious, generous and timeless. The sound voices of the organ provide a mysterious bower to the incantatory arabesques drawn by the clarinet. From this osmosis springs a brilliant and warm music which echoes in our deepest sensibility ". Where does Jean-Christian MICHEL go to find his inspiration ?
When this young clarinettist of shy appearance brought his emotive music into churches, one could have believed it was a flash in the pan. Far from it, because less than a year after Jean-Christian MICHEL's first concert, the switchboards of a number of radio stations collapsed under calls and the sales of discs exploded... A strange musical phenomenon had invaded France, then the world. Jean-Christian MICHEL's music was going to last.
Jean-Christian Michel has completely invested himself as a composer to build a musical universe where he makes use of all his experiences. Today, more than thirty years passed. And Jean-Christian MICHEL always continues to seduce and to move an immense public : the concerts are always over-subscribed. The CDs continue to pulverize the records of sales on the Internet : an immense public has remained faithful to this big passionate musician of beauty and excellence. Young people discover in his music a new classicism and are dazzled by its originality and modernity.
This fascination and craze for the cathedral clarinettist are not by chance : Jean-Christian MICHEL always attempted to give the best of himself, and rested on his laurels... The composer evolved, questioning indefatigably , while knowing how to keep intact the authenticity of his art.
Jean-Christian MICHEL knew how to find in the silence of churches that of the unlimited, with the imperceptible secret rhythms which vibrate strange accords. It seems that the clarinettist penetrated into the infinite pulsations of black holes, into the fire of comets, into the mysteries of pulsars … J-C MICHEL succeeds in capturing this energy of life, which he restores during all his concerts, with an uncommon heat and sensitivity.
Jean-Christian MICHEL's music which some qualified in its beginnings as "Sacred Music", in reference to that of Johann-Sébastian BACH ( that he has often transcribed ), must be perceived as a music more spiritual than religious: unless one takes the word "religious" at its etymological meaning : "which connects us" to the mysteries of the Cosmos.
Transparent music in spatial echos, but living, merging Jazz and sacred Music, Jean-Christian MICHEL's music integrates the unlimitedness of heavens into the intimacy of the being. And this permitted cosmic, harmonious invasion, arouses an extreme well-being, deep and beneficial. Doubtless this is the secret of the force of Jean-Christian MICHEL's music, this "Music of the spheres", "JAZZ & SACRED MUSIC CROSSOVER".
Uniting its clarinet with the group playing other instruments, in an almost-magic atmosphere, Jean-Christian MICHEL makes a link between the magnetic energy of the universe and the breath of the public.
The pulsation of the life of the music of the clarinettist beats at the rate of our heart
It is almost impossible to remain insensible the variety of the fragments, the infinite colours of the sound palette: gradually, the listeners escape to a magnificent world and find themselves, navigating in the spiral of this galactic universe,from where JC MICHEL draws his inspiration...