United Arab Emirates
25/03 — 28/03/2013
Jean Michel Jarre first came to international fame with his number one hit album, Oxygene which went on to sell over 18 million copies worldwide.
A pioneer in his field, Jarre has largely contributed to the fastest
growing musical revolution of the 20th century, electronic music:
conceiving music in terms of sounds rather than only in terms of notes,
and thus allowing the composer to become his own craftsman.
Having followed formal studies of harmony and counterpoint at the
Conservatoire de Paris, he was inspired to reinvent music at its core,
with his own singular vision, deploying the technology and tools of his
epoch. This pioneering approach gave birth to worldwide hit albums such
as: Equinoxe, Magnetic Fields, Zoolook, Rendezvous, Waiting for Cousteau…with over 80 million albums sold to date.
He also conceived a brand-new genre and format of concerts; breaking
away from the traditional theatre and arena context, Jarre brought his
music and vision outdoors to the masses. Often free and open-to-all,
these state-of-the-art concert-spectaculars showcase the natural or
urban environment in which they are performed – a truly singular sonic
and visual “land-art” event, conceived and performed on a unique scale
for a one-off experience.
Jarre’s legendary concerts have attracted Guinness Record-breaking
audiences across the world. They take place in exceptional settings,
marking extraordinary contexts: first western musician invited to
perform in post-Mao Red China, Millennium at the Great Pyramids of
Egypt, Houston City concert in collaboration with NASA in memory of the
Challenger space crew, Concert for His Holiness Pope John Paul II,
France’s Eiffel Tower in celebration of World Cup victory, Gdansk’s
shipyard at the initiative of Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa, London’s
Docklands, Beijing’s Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the Sahara
Desert…to the absolute record live audience of 3.5 million in Moscow.
Most recently, Jean Michel Jarre embarked on his first ever world
tour which has already taken him to over 30 countries with over 220
In July 2011, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco called upon Jean Michel
Jarre to celebrate his Royal Wedding by creating and performing a
concert-event in the Principality of Monaco which was largely broadcast
on television and Internet worldwide to an estimated audience of 3
The French musician has a dedicated ongoing engagement to the United
Nations via UNESCO, as Ambassador and spokesperson for Environment and