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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Electronic luminary Jean-Michel Jarre dazzles a Coachella that's at a crossroads
LATimes - 10 days
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Readers recommend playlist: songs about gases, from oxygen to helium
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Our reader takes a deep breath and gives life to your suggestions, with Jean-Michel Jarre, Regina Spektor and Rihanna all featuring on the playlist Here is this week’s playlist – songs picked by reader Marco den Ouden (who runs the Marconium website) from your suggestions after last week’s callout. Read more about how our weekly readers recommend series works at the end of the piece. Gases are vital to life on Earth. And the importance of oxygen to human life is celebrated in Jean-Michel Jarre’s monumental 1977 hit Oxygène Part II, which starts us off this week. From the lungs to the heart, some artists have compared oxygen to love – and vice versa. Love is Like Oxygen, sing glam-rock group the Sweet. Continue reading...
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French musician Jean-Michel Jarre performs at the Dead Sea. - about 1 year
French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre stages a live concert at the Dead Sea aimed at raising awareness to the area's dire environmental conditions. Rough Cut (no reporter).
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Jean Michel Jarre: 'If You Are Healthy You Can Go On Forever'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 ...
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Music Video Premiere: Lovett Presents 'Don't Freak Out,' an All-American Song With a Universal Theme
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 Davi...
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Listen: Edward Snowden collaborates on music track with Jean-Michel Jarre
LATimes - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 ...
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Jean-Michel Jarre en concert en Tunisie pour le festival international de Carthage (VIDÉOS)
The Huffington Post - over 4 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) - over 5 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 u...
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Yanni makes classic rock fan appreciate new-age style
The Palm Beach Post - about 6 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 impac...
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French Synthpop Pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre Debuts High-End Speaker System
Rolling Stone - over 6 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.
    On July 14, 2015, Jarre announced Vince Clarke as a collaborator on his upcoming album.
    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.
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 64
    In June 2013, Jarre was elected as president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC)
    He used the same format for a later concert at Carthage during the city's 2013 musical festival.
  • 2011
    Age 62
    Jarre has a half-sister Stéphanie Jarre, from Maurice Jarre's other marriages. His stepbrother, Kevin Jarre, died in 2011.
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    During the last quarter of 2011 he concluded a tour schedule that had lasted for almost 3 years.
    On 1 July 2011, Jarre performed a large-scale concert in Monaco to celebrate the marriage of Prince Albert and his bride Charlene.
  • 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.
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  • 2009
    Age 60
    In 2009 he started an indoor tour in arenas throughout Europe.
    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.
  • 2008
    Age 59
    Later in 2008 Jarre performed several concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oxygène, in theatres in Europe.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    In August 2007 Jarre signed for EMI France.
    Jarre released Téo & Téa on 26 March 2007.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    In October 2004 he returned to China to open its "Year of France" cultural exchange.
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    In September 2004, Jarre released AERO, both a DVD and a CD in one package.
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  • 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.
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  • 2000
    Age 51
    Jarre released his first vocal album, Métamorphoses, in 2000.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    In 1990 Jarre released En Attendant Cousteau (Waiting for Cousteau), inspired by the French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
  • 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.
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    In 1988 Jarre released Revolutions.
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  • 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.
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    In 1985 Jarre was invited by the musical director of the Houston Grand Opera to perform a concert celebrating Texas's 150th anniversary.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1978
    Age 29
    Jarre's follow-up album, Équinoxe, was released in 1978.
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  • 1976
    Age 27
    Jarre's 1976 low budget solo album Oxygène, recorded at his home studio, made him internationally famous.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    Jarre composed the soundtrack for Les Granges Brûlées and in 1972 wrote music for the International Festival of Magic.
  • 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.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    His first commercial release was in 1969 with La Cage/Erosmachine, a mixture of harmony, tape effects and synthesisers.
    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."
  • 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.
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  • 1967
    Age 18
    In 1967 he played guitar in a band called The Dustbins, who appear in the film.
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  • 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.
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