Jean Michel Jarre

Composer + Performer + Music Producer
Born Aug 24, 1948

Jean Michel André Jarre is a French composer, performer and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and New Age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks. Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents, and trained on the piano.… Read More

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1948 Birth Jean Michel Jarre was born in Lyon on 24 August 1948, to France Pejot, French Resistance member and concentration camp survivor, and Maurice Jarre, a composer. … Read More


1967 18 Years Old …  In 1967 he played guitar in a band called The Dustbins, who appear in the film. … Read More
1968 19 Years Old More experimentation followed in 1968, when he began to use tape loops, radios and other electronic devices, but joining the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in 1969, then under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer ("father" of musique concrète), proved hugely influential. … Read More


1969 20 Years Old 1 More Event
For a 1969 exposition at the Maison de la Culture (Cultural House) in Reims, Jarre wrote the five-minute song "Happiness Is a Sad Song."
1971 - 1975 4 More Events
1976 27 Years Old Jarre's 1976 low budget solo album Oxygène, recorded at his home studio, made him internationally famous. … Read More
1978 29 Years Old Jarre's follow-up album, Équinoxe, was released in 1978. … Read More


1982 33 Years Old …  Recordings of the concerts, which featured one of Jarre's signature electronic instruments, the laser harp, were released as a double-disc LP in 1982.
1983 34 Years Old Musique pour Supermarché was created for a planned performance at the "Supermarché" art exhibition. Jarre allowed Radio Luxembourg to broadcast it uninterrupted, in its entirety, before he auctioned off a single vinyl print on 5 July 1983, at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris. … Read More
1985 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985 Jarre was invited by the musical director of the Houston Grand Opera to perform a concert celebrating Texas's 150th anniversary.
1988 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988 Jarre released Revolutions. … Read More


1990 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990 Jarre released En Attendant Cousteau (Waiting for Cousteau), inspired by the French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
1991 42 Years Old He later promoted a concert near the Pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico, to be held during the solar eclipse of 11 July 1991. … Read More
1995 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Jarre performed many of his most well-known hits at the Concert for Tolerance on Bastille Day in 1995, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. … Read More
1997 48 Years Old In 1997 Jarre returned to the analogue synthesisers of the 1970s with Oxygène 7–13, dedicated to his mentor at the GRM, Pierre Schaeffer, who had died two years before. … Read More


2000 51 Years Old Jarre released his first vocal album, Métamorphoses, in 2000. … Read More
2003 54 Years Old In 2003 he released Geometry of Love, commissioned by Jean-Roch as a soundtrack for his 'V.I.P. Room' nightclub in France. … Read More
2004 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2004, Jarre released AERO, both a DVD and a CD in one package. … Read More
2005 56 Years Old He had a brief relationship with Isabelle Adjani, but married French actress Anne Parillaud in May 2005. In November 2010 the couple announced their divorce.
2006 57 Years Old In his role of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Jarre performed a concert named Water for Life in Morocco, on 16 December 2006, to celebrate the year of desertification in the world. … Read More
Jarre released Téo & Téa on 26 March 2007. … Read More
2008 59 Years Old Later in 2008 Jarre performed several concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oxygène, in theatres in Europe. … Read More


2009 - 2010 3 More Events
On 1 July 2011, Jarre performed a large-scale concert in Monaco to celebrate the marriage of Prince Albert and his bride Charlene.
2013 64 Years Old 1 More Event
He used the same format for a later concert at Carthage during the city's 2013 musical festival.
In April 2015, Jarre released a collaboration with Gesaffelstein entitled Conquistador, a track from his new studio album expected to be released later in the year. … Read More
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