Dressed all in black from his jeans down to his leather boots, Jean-Michel Jarre looks like a former rocker who quit drugs and now lives between Camden and Regent’s Park. Aged 67, the French electronic music pioneer maintains a kind of vigour, enthusiasm and interest in our time and the future that most younger artists will never achieve.And yet, since his ground-breaking debut with Oxygène in 1976 — an electronic bridge between experimental and pop which sold 12 million copies — Jarre has done almost everything.
Like a sonic conquistador, Jean-Michel Jarre has played all around the world. Being the first western musician invited to play in the People’s Republic of China in
2001 (rather 1981), he has also played in Egypt, at Gdansk’s shipyards, and in Moscow in 1997, where he gathered a record-breaking 3.5 million people. Read more