The French musician, pioneer of electronic music, visit observatories of Tenerife and La Palma to prepare for the concert "The Music of the Stars"
The French composer and performer Jean-Michel Jarre, known worldwide
as one of the pioneers of electronic music, has visited
the Observatories of Tenerife and La Palma in search of inspiration
needed to complete the preparation of the concert "The Music of Stars".
This important cultural event, informative and musical, which will
stage the domes of Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma), is
part of the activities of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)
for the next 2009, along with the inauguration Gran Telescope
At the request of the International Astronomical
Union, 2009 has been declared by UNESCO as "International Year of
Astronomy" (IYA2009) and is to commemorate the fourth centenary of the
use of the first telescope by the astronomer Galileo Galilei. In this
context, Jean-Michel Jarre has been invited by the IAC astrophysicist.
Garik Israelian, a researcher at the IAC and promoter of the concert, to
study the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory and the Teide
Observatory to discuss the projects production and realisation.
show aims to link music and astronomy. Israelian believes that "the two
go together since the time of Aristotle, since the theory of The Music
of the Spheres suggested that celestial bodies emit harmonical sounds.
It is time to celebrate this union." The researcher also has the support
of Brian May, guitarist of the legendary group Queen and personal
friend of Israelian, and also the first of the musicians involved in the
project. "You could say that Brian May holds a special place in his
heart for the Canaries for many years," says the researcher from the
Garik Israelian and Brian May recently invited Jean-Michel
Jarre to form part of the team to develop the concert "The Music of the
Stars" on the island of La Palma. The French musician has joined the
initiative with enthusiasm. "The project of Dr. Garik Israelian to
approach astrophysics through acoustic astronomy is something
that excited me a lot as an artist. I must say that this concept and
show linked to Space is a project of a lifetime - my music has often
been associated with Space", said the pioneer of electronic music during
his first visit a few weeks ago.
Jarre's large outdoor concerts
have a singular signature and are renowned worldwide for their
impressive visual impact : he has a unique talent of integrating the
landscape or the surrounding architecture into a spectacular scene
without infringing upon the nature of the environment. He deploys
state-of-the-art technology in lighting, lasers and fireworks, with
local musicians, orchestras and choirs. He created spectacular events in
landscapes accross the planet including Unesco World Heritage Sites
- the "Millennium Concert" held in 1999 at the Great Pyramids of Egypt,
The Forbidden City in Beijing. The skylines of Paris and Houston have
also become scenes for his performances.
In the music of
Jean-Michel Jarre, who rose to fame with the international success of
his album Oxygene, cosmic sounds reminiscent of ancient stars and
planets, have always been present. In this sense, Jarre has expressed
fascination for the lunar Canary landscape. "The visit has been most
inspiring for the concert project. The Canary Islands have one of the
most extraordinary landscapes in the world. If the Roque de los
Muchachos Observatory seemed a pleasant lunar landscape, the Teide and
its environs seem to belong to a distant planet".
"The Music of
the Stars is much more than just a show. Our intention is to create a
civic event open to everyone, either live, via television or the
Internet," said French musician. Jean Michel Jarre, UN Ambassador for
Unesco for over 15 years has been asked by Unesco to be Goodwill
Ambassador for the forthcoming IYA2009.
For his part, Brian May
states that "we will create something new and different for this
event." After several years away from the stage, the writer of "We will
rock you" and "The show must go on" decided to resume his studies in
astrophysics and obtained his doctorate last year at Imperial College
with a thesis entitled " Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. "
In July 2007 Dr. May was invested Chancellor of the University of
Liverpool John Moores.