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New Release of Oldies From Jarre
October 29, 2008   
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Jean-Michel Jarre, the pioneer of electronic and New Age music, has recently released a three-album compilation consisting of Oxygene, originally released in 1976, Equinox, 1977, and Les Chants Magnétiques, 1981. Those not too young to detect the Jarre influence in modern music can hear his influence in house, jungle, street, and techno.

Of course, there are detractors for every musical genius. In the same manner that it was said that Vivaldi composed the same concert well over 200 times, it is said of Jarre that he repeated the same melody 500 times. Whether this is true or not is left to the listener's subjectivity.

Uneducated Jean-Michel Jarre is not. As a youngster he studied classical piano, without too much enthusiasm, until his mother began taking him to the jazz bistros and the cafés in Paris. There, he met Jon Coltrane and Chet Baker. These encounters, he has said, signified the turning point of his musical education. He joined the Conservatoire de Paris, where, after several years of study he switched to modern music theory.

In 1997 Jarre staged the biggest concert in history. This was in Moscow, to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the city, where 3.5 million people experienced the light and sound spectacle. More recently Jarre performed in Poland to celebrate the anniversary of the Solidarity Movement. The concert was held in the very shipyard in Gdansk where the Solidarity movement started 27 years ago, and was attended by the trade union's former leader Lech Walêsa himself.

America Martin
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