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Jean-Michel Jarre | #jeanmicheljarre |
(Jean-Michel André Jarre)
[1948-…], Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France |
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Jean-Michel Jarre is a French composer, performer, and music producer.

Jean-Michel Jarre 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. From an early age he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including those of 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.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s 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 well as a musician.

Jean-Michel Jarre 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.

As of 2004 Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums.

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41 – Jean-Michel Jarre & M83 – Glory – 2015
32 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene [Part. 8] – 1997
28 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Chronologie [Part. 4] – 1993
23 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Calypso – 1990
16 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Rendez-Vous [Part. 4] – 1986
15 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Zoolookologie – 1985
14 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Zoolook – 1984
13 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Souvenir de Chine – 1982
12 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Orient Express – 1982
10 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Magnetic Fields (Chants Magnétiques) [Part. 2] – 1981
7 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe [Part. 5] – 1979
6 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe [Part. 4] – 1979
5 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene [Part. 4] – 1977

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