Jean Michel Jarre
Composer, performer, music producer
Jean Michel Jarre
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.
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Jean Michel Jarre: 'If You Are Healthy You Can Go On Forever'
Huffington Post - 2 months
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of his breakthrough album Oxyène, but French electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre shows no signs of slowing down. To celebrate, 68-year-old Jarre, composed an entirely new album: Oxyène 3. Coming only months after the second installment of his Electronica project, Jarre's work ethic suggest that his best work is still ahead of him. "I hope so, it's the reason why I am on stage tonight. I consider music like a mirage in the desert. You're obsessed with the ideal piece of music and the more you think you're getting closer, it's not there." -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Music Video Premiere: Lovett Presents 'Don't Freak Out,' an All-American Song With a Universal Theme
Huffington Post - 4 months
Lovett's catchy "Don't Freak Out" seems made for these times. In fact, America should adopt it as the nation's theme song for this insane election year, no matter who wins the presidential race. Written specifically for a project called The Asheville Symphony Sessions, which includes contributions from some of Western North Carolina's top musicians, Lovett's song begins with his pleasant plinks on a toy piano. With the symphony conducted by Daniel Meyer, it develops into a full-fledged collaboration that includes sweeping orchestral arrangements, a children's chorus providing Beach Boyish (and girlish) harmonies and the buoyant spirit of a singer-songwriter-composer-producer who will warm your heart. Yet, Ben Lovett, who goes by only his last name professionally, had no political motives or heavy-handed messages to deliver when he wrote "Don't Freak Out." It's one of eight songs on the album released in May that, according to Asheville Symphony Orchestra Executive Director David ...
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Listen: Edward Snowden collaborates on music track with Jean-Michel Jarre
LATimes - 11 months
Don't worry: Edward Snowden hasn't embarked on a singing career. But the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked state secrets has collaborated with a prominent electronic music pioneer on a new track that takes digital privacy as its main subject. Though Snowden is still trapped...
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Electronica</em> and Grande Amore</em>: Chatting With Jean-Michel Jarre and Gianluca Ginoble, Plus Patrick Breen, the Battlefield and Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A Conversation with Jean-Michel Jarre Mike Ragogna: Bonjour, Jean-Michel! Doesn't it seem like yesterday when you created your classic electronic album Oxygène? Jean-Michel Jarre: Absolutely. It's true in a lifetime span, what it means when you are working and I think it's true for everybody, whatever you do in that path of your life and it's also true in the context of electronic music. I've been really privileged, being one of the guys in electronic music in the days when it was just considered a bunch of crazy guys working with crazy machines. I remember far before Oxygène when I started being involved in electronic music in Pierre Schaeffer's Music Research Center in Paris and with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany, that was really very far away from rock 'n' roll. But I've always been convinced that electronic music was more than just a genre of music like pop or rock or punk or hip-hop but actually a new way of writing, composing, producing even distributing music these d ...
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Jean-Michel Jarre en concert en Tunisie pour le festival international de Carthage (VIDÉOS)
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
L’artiste français Jean-Michel Jarre sera lundi 12 Août sur la scène du festival de Carthage, réalisant ainsi un de ses rêves d’enfant. Carthage, son « Star Wars » à lui More...
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Jean Michel Jarre considers tax 'defection' to UK
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
French music star in talks with Downing Street over move to Tech City hub as France's highest earners rail against tax rises One of France's most famous music stars Jean Michel Jarre has been in talks with the Downing Street over a possible transfer of business operations to the UK, No 10 has said. The prime minister's office confirmed Jarre, famous for his brand of electronic music, light-show extravaganzas and record-breaking numbers at his vast outdoor concerts, met with No 10 officials in September to discuss locating within the government-backed Tech City, which offers generous tax incentives to investors. The announcement comes as France's highest constitutional court rejected the socialist government's attempt to impose a 75% tax on its highest earners. On the political blog site Order-order, which broke the story on Monday, a Downing Street source was quoted as describing the meeting as a "defection" from France over the higher tax rate. "He's been into No 10 to talk to us ...
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Yanni makes classic rock fan appreciate new-age style
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Yanni performs at the Kravis Center on Tuesday. He performs again Wednesday. (Howie Grapek / GPO) I have always had a deep appreciation for fine music — all kinds of music — from classic rock to classical violin to jazz and I’ve reviewed quite a few popular bands in the last few years. Most recently, I had the opportunity to review Foreigner and shared that the music played was “classic, yet timeless” — that show evoked memories from my childhood and made me smile and literally rock in my chair. Well, believe it or not, this classic rocker is also a lover of new-age / fusion / jazz music – on my iPod are works from many fantastic artists including Jean-Luc Ponty, Jean-Michel Jarre, Andreas Vollenweider, Enya, and Yanni. This kind of music touches me on a completely different plane of consciousness. During an interview, Yanni said: “My goal is to connect with people emotionally. I take life’s experiences and translate them into music — music that hopefully creates an impact ...
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French Synthpop Pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre Debuts High-End Speaker System
Rolling Stone - over 5 years
French synthpop and electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is extending his legacy from the world of ambient sound to home electronics with the debut of an original range of high-end electronic audio gear Available now in France the composer’s AeroSystem One iPhone and iPod dock and speaker system a full-sized
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean Michel Jarre
  • 2015
    Age 66
    Armin van Buuren was announced as a collaborator on Jarre's upcoming album on July 20, 2015.
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    On July 14, 2015, Jarre announced Vince Clarke as a collaborator on his upcoming album.
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    On July 10, 2015, Jarre finally announced the working title and preorders of his next studio album, E-Project., a work started 4 years earlier.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Another piece from this new album, Glory, in collaboration with M83, was released as part of the soundtrack of a short film called EMIC. Also a track composed in collaboration with late Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream, entitled Zero Gravity, was released, together with a remix made by Above and Beyond.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In June 2013, Jarre was elected as president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC)
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    He used the same format for a later concert at Carthage during the city's 2013 musical festival.
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  • 2011
    Age 62
    Jarre has a half-sister Stéphanie Jarre, from Maurice Jarre's other marriages. His stepbrother, Kevin Jarre, died in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Although Maurice and Jean-Michel remained estranged, following Maurice's death in 2009 Jarre paid tribute to his legacy. Jarre said about his father: An asteroid, 4422 Jarre, has been named in his honour. He is honorary citizen of Gdansk. As of 2004 Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. Studio albums Jarre composed for movies but he also took part in documentaries. Notes Bibliography
    During the last quarter of 2011 he concluded a tour schedule that had lasted for almost 3 years.
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    On 1 July 2011, Jarre performed a large-scale concert in Monaco to celebrate the marriage of Prince Albert and his bride Charlene.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    On 1 March 2010, Jean Michel Jarre started the second leg of his 2009–10 Indoors tour; on 10 June, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Mojo magazine.
    More Details Hide Details On 30 May 2011, Essentials & Rarities, double CD set, was released. This was the last Jarre work to be released by Disques Dreyfus. The Essentials disc is a compilation of some of his most famous works. The Rarities disc includes pieces recorded in the years prior to the release of Oxygène. After this release, Jarre recovered sole intellectual property rights over his work, which had previously been owned by Francis Dreyfus Music.
  • 2009
    Age 60
    In 2009 he started an indoor tour in arenas throughout Europe.
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    In 2009 he was selected as the artistic director of the World Sky Race, and also accepted a role as Goodwill Ambassador for the International Year of Astronomy.
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  • 2008
    Age 59
    Later in 2008 Jarre performed several concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oxygène, in theatres in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Following one such performance at the Royal Albert Hall Jarre met Brian May, who proposed he create a concert in Tenerife for the International Year of Astronomy, but a lack of sponsorship meant that the concert did not take place.
  • 2007
    Age 58
    Jarre performed 10 concerts (Oxygène Live) in Paris, from 12–26 December 2007, held in the Théâtre Marigny, a small 1000-seat theatre in the Champs-Élysées.
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    He released an anniversary package containing a special live recording of his classic work, Oxygène, in 3D DVD, live CD and normal 2D DVD formats in November 2007, named Oxygène: New Master Recording.
    More Details Hide Details A first for Jarre, the album was recorded live, without tape or hard disk playback, with help from Francis Rimbert, Claude Samard, and Dominique Perrier. The album also contains three extra tracks not found on either the original or remake, which form links between the main movements. Jarre plans to integrate the original analog synthesizers from Oxygène into his next album, and is building a new private recording studio on the outskirts of Paris. In the same year Disques Dreyfus released The Complete Oxygène, containing the original versions of Oxygène and Oxygène 7–13, and remixes of tracks from Oxygène 7–13.
    In August 2007 Jarre signed for EMI France.
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    Jarre released Téo & Téa on 26 March 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He described the two computer-generated characters in the video clip of the title track as being "like twins", one female, one male. The album is supposed to describe the different stages of a loving relationship, and explores the idea that the length of such relationships is unpredictable. Its release demonstrated a move away from virtual instruments and computers that Jarre had been using up to that point; he instead chose to use a simplified range of devices, including several new prototype instruments. The album's cover was inspired by the David Lynch film Wild at Heart.
  • 2006
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was in front of the Erg Chebbi Dunes of Merzouga, in the Sahara. A free event, it was attended by about 25,000 people. Images of water and the environment were projected onto nine vertical screens, held in place by sand which was watered to keep it hard. Several permanent drinking fountains were built on the site, along with a permanent electricity installation. Jarre was accompanied by over 60 Moroccan artists.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 55
    In October 2004 he returned to China to open its "Year of France" cultural exchange.
    More Details Hide Details Jarre gave two performances, the first at the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City, and the second in Tiananmen Square. More than 15,000 spectators watched the concert at the Meridian Gate, and each concert was transmitted live to television viewers across the country. Jarre collaborated with musician Chen Lin. Accompanying his traditional musical repertoire, 600 projectors shone coloured light and images across various screens and objects.
    In September 2004, Jarre released AERO, both a DVD and a CD in one package.
    More Details Hide Details Purportedly the world's first album released for 5.1 systems, with it being fully "constructed" in 5.1 surround sound, it contains re-recorded versions of some of his most famous tracks, including tracks from Oxygène and Équinoxe. Accompanying the audio, the DVD features a visual image of Anne Parillaud's eyes, recorded in real time as she listened to the album. Jarre used the minimalist imagery to reinforce the audio content of the DVD. The CD was mixed in super-stereo.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    In 2003 he released Geometry of Love, commissioned by Jean-Roch as a soundtrack for his 'V.I.P. Room' nightclub in France.
    More Details Hide Details It contains a mix of 'electro-chill' music, with touches of his more traditional style.
  • 2000
    Age 51
    Jarre released his first vocal album, Métamorphoses, in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details It was mixed on an early version of Pro Tools, a digital audio workstation designed to record, edit and play back digital audio. Métamorphoses marks a departure from Jarre's earlier work. Sound effects used include radio interference from mobile phones, and Macintalk, a Macintosh program used to generate lyrics on the track "Love, Love, Love". Contributors included Laurie Anderson, who also appeared on Zoolook, Natacha Atlas and Sharon Corr. It was followed first in 2001 by Interior Music, created for use by the audio-visual company Bang & Olufsen, and which did not receive a commercial release, then by 2002's Sessions 2000, a set of experimental synth-jazz pieces distinct from his previous work. Sessions was well received by Billboard Magazine, which said "He's created a deeply nuanced soundscape that invites repeated listening." A concert in September 2002 at a wind farm near Aalborg in Denmark proved problematic when 22mm of rain fell on the venue, causing long delays for spectators. It also marked a change in direction in Jarre's live concerts; from Rendez-vous Houston onwards he had been accompanied by a full complement of live musicians, but at Aalborg he was accompanied only by the Klarup Girls Choir, Francis Rimbert, Safri Duo and the Aalborg Symphonic Orchestra.
  • 1997
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Eschewing digital techniques developed in the 1980s, in an interview for The Daily Telegraph he said: In September that year he set his fourth record for the largest ever outdoor concert audience with a performance at the Moscow State University, celebrating the 850th anniversary of Moscow. The event was viewed by an audience of about 3.5 million. The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, had taken place on the same day, and the Frenchman therefore dedicated "Souvenir of China" to her memory, before observing a minute's silence. Another large scale concert followed on 31 December 1999, in the Egyptian desert near Giza. The Twelve Dreams of the Sun celebrated the new millennium and offered a preview of his next album, Métamorphoses. The show featured performances from more than 1,000 local artists and musicians, and was based on ancient Egyptian mythology about the journey of the sun and its effect upon humanity.
  • 1995
    Age 46
    In 1995 photographs in Hello! showed Jarre apparently romantically involved with 31-year old secretary Odile Froument, and in 1996 Jarre and Rampling separated. They divorced in 2002.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Eiffel Tower was specially lit for the occasion, prompting the installation of a more permanent display. The following December he created the website "A Space for Tolerance", which featured music from En Attendant Cousteau, played while the user browsed a variety of "visual worlds".
  • 1991
    Age 42
    He later promoted a concert near the Pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico, to be held during the solar eclipse of 11 July 1991.
    More Details Hide Details However, with only weeks to go, important equipment had not arrived and the sinking in the Atlantic Ocean of a cargo ship containing the purpose-built pyramidal stage and other technical equipment made staging the concert impossible. Jarre's disappointment was such that he "could not cope with Mexican food for two years". About two years later he released Chronologie, an album which was largely influenced by the techno-music scene. From a technical standpoint the album is a reversion to a concept seen in Jarre's Oxygène/Équinoxe period, where a grandiose overture precedes more rhythmic sections. The album features Jarre's traditional collection of instruments like the ARP 2600 and Minimoog, as well as newer synthesisers such as the Roland JD-800 and the Kurzweil K2000. Chronologie was performed at a series of 16 performances across Europe called Europe in Concert. These were on a smaller scale than his previous concerts, featuring a miniature skyline, laser imaging and fireworks. Locations included Lausanne, Mont St Michel, London, Manchester, Barcelona, Seville and the Versailles Palace near Paris. A concert was also held in Hong Kong in March 1994, to mark the opening of the city's new stadium.
  • 1990
    Age 41
    On Bastille Day 1990 he performed a concert at La Défense in Paris, attended by a record-breaking audience of about two million people, again beating his earlier world record.
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    In 1990 Jarre released En Attendant Cousteau (Waiting for Cousteau), inspired by the French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
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  • 1988
    Age 39
    Early in 1988 Jarre met with local officials and members of the community, but Newham Borough Council expressed their fears about the event's safety and delayed their decision on whether to allow the concert to proceed until 12 September eventually rejecting the licence application.
    More Details Hide Details The local fire service were also concerned about access in the event of a fire. Site work continued as Jarre's team searched for alternative locations in which to stage the concert, but following improvements to both on and off-site safety Jarre eventually won conditional approval on 28 September to stage two separate performances, on the 8th and 9 October. The floating stage on which Jarre and his musicians performed was built on top of four large barges. Large purpose-built display screens were built, and one of the buildings to be used as a backdrop was painted white. One large mirror ball being transported to the event fell onto the roadside, causing a degree of confusion as some people mistook it for a fallen satellite. World War II searchlights were installed, to illuminate the sky and surrounding architecture. Along with thousands in the surrounding streets and parks, 200,000 people watched Jarre and guests such as guitarist Hank Marvin perform in less than ideal conditions. Inclement weather had threatened to break the stage from its moorings, putting paid to the original plan to float the stage across the Royal Victoria Dock. Wind speeds were so high that television cameras were blown over. On the second evening the audience, which included Diana, Princess of Wales, was soaked by rain and wind.
    In 1988 Jarre released Revolutions.
    More Details Hide Details The album spans several genres, including symphonic industrial, Arabian inspired, light guitar pop and ethnic electro jazz. A two-hour concert called Destination Docklands was planned for September 1988, to be held at the Royal Victoria Dock in east London. Close to the heart of London, the location was chosen in part for its desolate environment, but also because Jarre thought the architecture was ideally suited for his music.
  • 1985
    Age 36
    Although he was busy with other projects and was at first unimpressed by the proposal, on a later visit to the city he was immediately impressed by the visual grandeur of the city's skyline, and agreed to perform. 1985 also marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, and Jarre was contacted by NASA to integrate the anniversary into the concert.
    More Details Hide Details Rendez-Vous was created over a period of about two months, and as with Zoolook, contains elements of his 1983 album Musique pour Supermarché. Its three movements represent Houston's development, from a rural economy to its role as a leader in space technology. Baroque in style, the album uses a mixture of French horns, trombones and violins, and features heavy use of the Elka Synthex, notably so on "Third Rendez-Vous", a track Jarre often performs using a laser harp. Jarre worked with several Houston-based astronauts including Bruce McCandless II, and former Jazz musician Ronald McNair, who was to have played the saxophone on "Rendez-Vous VI", recorded in the weightless environment of space. McNair's planned live performance was curtailed by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on 28 January 1986. Consideration was given to the cancellation of the concert, but Jarre was contacted by McCandless and urged to proceed, in memory of the shuttle's crew. McNair's saxophone piece was recorded by Kirk Whalum and retitled "Ron's Piece".
    In 1985 Jarre was invited by the musical director of the Houston Grand Opera to perform a concert celebrating Texas's 150th anniversary.
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  • 1983
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The sale raised about 70,000 francs, and in protest at the "silly industrialisation of music", Jarre promised to burn the original tapes in the presence of a bailiff. Parts of the destroyed album were reworked into works in subsequent releases (including Diva and Blah Blah Café from Zoolook, and sections for the Third Rendez-Vous). It makes heavy use of the Fairlight CMI's ability to sample audio, featuring snippets of words and speech from languages across the globe. Laurie Anderson provided the vocals for the track "Diva". A long list of musicians, including Adrian Belew and Marcus Miller, also made significant contributions. The album was somewhat less successful than Jarre's previous works, reaching only number 47 in the UK album charts.
  • 1982
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 29
    Jarre's follow-up album, Équinoxe, was released in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details It was composed with sequencers, particularly on the bass, and features a more baroque and classical style than Oxygène, with more emphasis on melodic development. Though its sales were still very healthy, it had less of an impact than Oxygène, but the following year Jarre held a large open-air concert on Bastille Day, at the Place de la Concorde. The free outdoor event set a new world record for the largest number of spectators ever at an open-air concert, drawing more than 1 million spectators, with a television audience of over 100 million watching live. The crowds were so large that Jarre's wife, Charlotte Rampling, found it difficult to access the venue. Although it was not the first time he had performed in concert (Jarre had already played at the Paris Opera Ballet), the 40 minute-long event, which used projections of light, images and fireworks, served as a blueprint for Jarre's future concerts. Its popularity helped create a surge in sales—a further 800,000 records were sold between 14 July and 31 August 1979—and introduced the Frenchman to Francis Rimbert, who now works for Jarre on a full-time basis.
  • 1976
    Age 27
    Jarre's 1976 low budget solo album Oxygène, recorded at his home studio, made him internationally famous.
    More Details Hide Details It comprises six numbered synthesiser tracks that make strong use of melody, rather than rhythm or dissonance. A Scully eight-track recorder was used to record instruments like the Eminent 310 (with an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser on its string pads) and the Korg Minipops drum machine. Liberal use of echo was used on the various sound effects generated by the VCS3 synthesiser. Jarre's ARP 2600 synthesiser, previously used on his collaborations with Christophe, also featured, as did his EMS VCS 3. Oxygène initially proved difficult to sell. Jarre was turned down by several record companies, until another of Schaeffer's students, Hélène Dreyfus, persuaded her husband to publish the album on his label, Disques Motors. The first pressing of 50,000 copies was promoted through hi-fi shops, clubs and discos, and by April 1977 the album had sold 70,000 copies in France. When interviewed in Billboard magazine, Dreyfus's director Stanislas Witold said "In a sense we're putting most of our bets on Jean Michel Jarre. He is quite exceptional and we're sure that by 1980 he will be recognised worldwide." Oxygène has since sold an estimated 12 million copies, the best-selling French record of all time. It reached number 2 in the UK, number 65 in Canada and broke the top 100 in the US. It also contains his most recognisable single, "Oxygène IV", which reached number 4 in the UK single charts.
  • 1975
    Age 26
    Jarre has been married three times. He was married to Flore Guillard from 20 January 1975 until 1977; their daughter Émilie Charlotte was born in 1975 (or 1976) and became a fashion model.
    More Details Hide Details He met his second wife Charlotte Rampling at a dinner party in St Tropez in 1976. Both were in failing marriages, but they each obtained a divorce (Rampling was married to New Zealander Bryan Southcombe). The two married, Jarre gaining custody of his daughter Émilie Charlotte, and Rampling her son Barnaby. Together they have a son, David.
  • 1973
    Age 24
    That year he also released his first solo album, Deserted Palace, and from 1973–74 wrote music for Françoise Hardy and Gérard Lenorman, as well as writing lyrics for Christophe and directing Christophe's Olympia show.
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  • 1972
    Age 23
    Jarre composed the soundtrack for Les Granges Brûlées and in 1972 wrote music for the International Festival of Magic.
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  • 1971
    Age 22
    In 1971 Jarre was commissioned by choreographer Norbert Schmucki to perform a ballet called AOR (in Hebrew, "the light"), at the Palais Garnier.
    More Details Hide Details He also composed music for ballet, theatre, advertisements and television programs, as well as music and lyrics for artists like Patrick Juvet and Christophe.
  • 1969
    Age 20
    His first commercial release was in 1969 with La Cage/Erosmachine, a mixture of harmony, tape effects and synthesisers.
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    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."
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  • 1968
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jarre was introduced to the Moog modular synthesizer and spent time working at the studio of influential German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. In the kitchen of his flat on Rue de la Trémoille, near the Champs-Élysées, he set up a small recording studio. It included his first synthesiser, an EMS VCS 3, and an EMS Synthi AKS, each linked to Revox tape machines.
  • 1967
    Age 18
    In 1967 he played guitar in a band called The Dustbins, who appear in the film.
    More Details Hide Details He mixed instruments including the electric guitar and the flute, and tape effects and other sounds.
  • 1948
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When Jarre was five, his parents split up and his father moved to America, leaving him with his mother. He did not see his father again until reaching the age of 18. For the first eight years of his life, Jarre spent six months each year at his maternal grandparents' flat on the Cours de Verdun, in the Perrache district of Lyon. Jarre's grandfather was an oboe player, engineer and inventor, designing an early audio mixer used at Radio Lyon. He also gave Jean Michel his first record player. From his vantage point high above the pavement, the young French boy was able to watch street performers at work, an experience he later cited as proving influential on his art. Jarre struggled with classical piano studies, although he later changed teachers and worked on his scales. A more general interest in musical instruments was sparked by his discovery at the Saint-Ouen flea market, where his mother sold antiques, of a Boris Vian trumpet violin. He often accompanied his mother to Le Chat Qui Pêche (The Fishing Cat), a friend's Paris jazz club, where saxophonists Archie Shepp and John Coltrane, and trumpet players Don Cherry and Chet Baker were regular performers. These early jazz experiences suggested to him that music may be "descriptive, without lyrics". He was also influenced by the work of French artist Pierre Soulages, whose exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris he attended.
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