Biographical notes of Michel Bonin
Lately focused on writing and global digital market research, the new
century had drawn me closer to Internet Marketing. Currently, I am also a self-employed media sales agent representing publications in Japanese, Chinese and Korean used by the Education and Travel & Hospitality industries based in Canada and the USA.
Founding in 2001 and running Michael Bonin and Associates, a
marketing and sales agency, had been a happy return to sales management and advertising. This coincidentally lead me to rediscover a passion for performing at the piano.
During the nineteen seventies, after graduating from business schools and studying and traveling through Europe, I went on a very fulfilling career in sales, account and product management for ad agencies and manufacturing companies. Followed two decades in marketing management, consultancy and media/public affairs and research for multinationals, Canadian businesses and government, as well as Not-for-profit organizations including a business incubator.
Graduate of the Université de Montréal's École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and of the Ivey School of Business (Western
University, Ontario), I later pursued 3rd cycle studies in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies at Geneva, Switzerland, and in Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Graduate in 1967 of the Reserve Officer School in the Royal Canadian Air Force, I served continuously for two years as 2nd Lieutenant until Honorable Released.
Self-trained in jazz, early on I studied classical piano and music theory at École supérieure de musique of Congrégation des Soeurs de Saint-Joseph in Saint-Hyacinthe. This is the Québec town where I was born and raised. I like to think that it characterizes my pianistic style and arrangements, having been fuelled ever since by an intimate connection with French music: from Darius Milhaud to Michel Legrand, from Maurice Ravel to the eminent conductor Charles Dutoit. His recordings of most of the repertoire and baton while at the realm of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, has impressed upon many music lovers like me. In more recenty years, I also enjoy choral music while singing in a Vancouver-based choir.
No More Blues From This Moment On is the first in a series of albums planned on the Great American Song Book and its counterpart overseas. Such music creation had started to fade away by 1964. "The Times They Are a-Changin" as Bob Dylan wrote then coincidentally. It took over thirty more years to see the coming of age of the Internet, and eventually of music downloading.
This first album presents my own reflective interpretation of over thirty tunes at the piano and keyboard with a rich tapestry of compositions representative of that era. To show the true meaning of their lyrics, I vocalize to three tunes, as a humble homage to two masters, Cole Porter and Charles Aznavour, with unique contributions to the popular romantic song repertoire coming from their different perspective.
My music website is www.pianoreflexions.com
Looking forward to continue serving through my research, writing and as a media sales agent or simply by bringing you some of the joy music keeps re-kindling in me.