Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre



Jean-Michel André Jarre (French: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl ɑ̃dʁe ʒaʁ]; born 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age genres, and known for organising outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays and fireworks.

Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents and trained on the piano. From an early age, he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including street performers, jazz musicians and the artist Pierre Soulages. He played guitar in a band, but his musical style was perhaps most heavily influenced by Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène. Recorded in a makeshift studio at his home, the album sold an estimated 12 million copies. Oxygène was followed in 1978 by Équinoxe, and in 1979, Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. More albums were to follow, but his 1979 concert served as a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events, and he is now perhaps as well known as a performer as he is as a musician.

As of 2004, Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People's Republic of China and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.



Oxygène (English: Oxygen) is the third studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre and his first album not intended for use as a soundtrack.
Electronica 1: The Time Machine
Electronica 1: The Time Machine is the seventeenth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on 16 October 2015 by Columbia Records.
Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise is the eighteenth studio album of French electronic musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre, released on 6 May 2016 by Columbia Records.
Téo & Téa
Téo & Téa is the sixteenth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on 26 March 2007 by Warner Music.

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Francis Rimbert – Double Face – CD
  –  April 21, 2018
Legendary French keyboardist (and long-time ‘partner in crime’ with Jean Michel Jarre) Francis Rimbert offers his debut work of escape music, Double Face. Much of life is spent playing Houdini. We escape from bad music, bad food, bad influences ...
Coachella 2018: Jean-Michel Jarre On Electronica & New Projects
  –  April 19, 2018
Electronica dominates the Coachella line-up in 2018, but there’s a world of difference between your standard DJ set and the performance art of Jean-Michel Jarre. While the goal of the former is to transform the stage (or tent) into a nightclub, the ...
Coachella a small gig for Jean-Michel Jarre, who has played for million-plus audiences three times
  –  April 19, 2018
French electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre will perform in San Diego on Saturday, April 21, following his two performances at the 2018 Coachella festival in Indio. French electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre will perform in San Diego on Saturday, April ...
Joakim – Against The Clock
  –  April 18, 2018
Who is France’s greatest electronic music export? Daft Punk? Justice? Jean-Michel Jarre? For our money, Joakim deserves to be on the shortlist. For the past 15 years, the prolific Parisian artist has been honing his poppy, colorful and downright weird ...
Electronic luminary Jean-Michel Jarre dazzles a Coachella that's at a crossroads
  –  April 15, 2018
In 2018, Coachella is for hip-hop and R&B. That much is certain, from the headliners on down. But it wasn’t that long ago that the festival had tilted hard to EDM, putting DJ-driven spectacles as grand finales and loading up the dance-focused Sahara Tent ...
Coachella 2018: St. Vincent, Jean-Michel Jarre Offer Stunning Sets
  –  April 14, 2018
It’s absolutely astonishing to me that, when St. Vincent took to the Outdoor Theatre stage at Coachella on Friday evening, I could still walk right up to the front and have a reasonable amount of personal space. I mean, come the fuck on. Annie Clarke is ...
Jean-Michel Jarre at City National Civic
  –  April 12, 2018
Jean-Michel Jarre built his music reputation on the strength of a series of groundbreaking 1970s albums. His second release, 1977’s Oxygène, pioneered the use of analog synthesizers in a melodic context and is widely viewed as an enduring influence upon ...
Q&A: Jean-Michel Jarre talks about the excitement of touring new venues like Vancouver
  –  April 9, 2018
French electronic music maker Jean-Michel Jarre is a key artist in the creation of modern dance music/ambient/new age sounds. His 1977 release Oxygène is one of the first global smash hit electronic music albums. The intense cover painting by artist ...
TAGS: Jean-Michel Jarre
  –  April 4, 2018
Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd will headline Coachella, promoters announced on Tuesday, marking the first time that no rock act will be among the main attractions at the leading festival. France’s Jarre to play Israel in aid of Dead Sea Electronic music ...


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