Legal name: Jean-Michel André Jarre


Jean-Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre, pronounced: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl ɑ̃dʁe ʒaʁ]; 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and record 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 he is 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 the People's Republic of China, and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Aerology Jean Michel Jarre 3
2007 Téo & Téa Jean Michel Jarre 2
2015 Conquistador Jean Michel Jarre & Gesaffelstein 1
2015 Watching You Jean Michel Jarre & 3D (Massive Attack) 1
2015 Zero Gravity Jean Michel Jarre & Tangerine Dream 2
2015 Glory Jean Michel Jarre & M83 1
2015 If…! Jean Michel Jarre & Little Boots 1
2016 Exit Jean Michel Jarre, E.S. 2
2016 Oxygene, Pt. 17 Jean-Michel Jarre 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Oxygene Jean Michel Jarre 1
1994 Slam & Gat Decor Remixes of Chronologie, Part 6 Jean Michel Jarre 1
2001 Interior Music Jean Michel Jarre 1
2015 Remix EP [1] Jean-Michel Jarre 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Singles Collection '98 Jean Michel Jarre 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Oxygene 5 - Live @ Wembley Jean Michel Jarre 1

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