Wow! Jean-Michel Jarre is back with a new album!
The pioneering electronic musician will follow up 2007’s Téo & Téa.
Jean-Michel Jarre has announced that he’ll release a new album this year. The multi-million selling artist behind the iconic 1976 electronic album Oxygène took to his Facebook to inform fans that “a new album is on the horizon”. Details are scant other than that, but it would mark his first new material in almost eight years.
Jean Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre on 24 August 1948 in Lyon) 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. 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.
His 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.
As of 2004 Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in thePeople’s Republic of China, and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.
On 30 May 2011, he released the double CD set Essentials & Rarities, the last one released by Disques Dreyfus. The Essentials disc is a compilation of his most famous work. The Rarities disc includes tracks made before Oxygène. After this release, Jarre recovered the sole intellectual property of his work, previously owned by Francis Dreyfus Music.
On 1 July 2011, Jarre performed a large scale concert in Monaco to celebrate the marriage of Prince Albert and his bride Charlene. During the last quarter of 2011 he concluded his 3-years tour. He will use the same format for a medium-sized concert at Carthage during the 2013 edition of the musical festival of that city.
On June 2013, Jarre was elected as president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC)