Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre was forever changed by hearing Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” at the age of four, and age seven seeing Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum perform. Early disco and ELO’s “Discovery” make him happy.


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Composer producer and performer Jean-Michel Jarre is a pioneer in electronic and ambient music as well as massive outdoor spectacles featuring his music, along with laser displays large projections and fireworks.

His 1976 album, ‘Oxygène’ (recorded in a home studio on analog synthesizers) and its 1978 follow up ‘Équinoxe’, heralded the arrival of an international star, and in 1979 Jean-Michel performed to more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. That concert laid down a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People’s Republic of China and saw in the new millennium performing at the pyramids of Giza. He holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event for his Moscow concert on 6 September 1997, which was attended by 3.5 million people. Jean-Michel’s new album ‘Oxymore’ is out now.

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