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Fancy a Jarre tonight?

Mar 18

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008  RssIcon

No doubt the highlight of your ongoing Saint Patrick's celebrations will be Jean Michel Jarre's show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 18 and 19 March.

The Frenchman will be performing his classic 'Oxygène' album in its entirety. What's more, he'll be doing so on the same analogue synthesisers (around 50 of them!) he used for the original recording back in 1976.

Listening to 'Oxygène' today, it sounds surprisingly solid and contemporary. True, it lacks the electricity of fellow electronica-pioneers Kraftwerk's best tracks -
but Jarre's masterpiece has none of the swishy panpipe-moods blandness typically associated with his later work. The career of Jarre-lovers Air seems to have followed a similar path; where 'Moon Safari' was fresh and well-written, later albums such as 'Pocket Symphony' are ghastly elevator music.

If you're heading along to see Jarre this week, you're lucky to see him in such an intimate setting. The typical JMJ live show involves hundreds of thousands of punters, one of whom tends to be a Guinness Book Of Records person doing a quick head count.

In 1990, 2.5 million fans watched him perform beside the Grande Arche at La Défense, the business district at the edge of Paris. He topped that with his 1997 Moscow concert, attended by a mindblowing THREE AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE. In other words, the entire population of the Republic of Ireland.

Here's a recently-made video for the most famous track off Jarre's greatest album - the instantly-recognisable 'Oxygène IV':

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4 comment(s) so far...

Re: Fancy a Jarre tonight?

I've never heard the great man's stuff myself but would still kill to go there tonight. I just *know* it would be incredible.
Better hunt down a copy of Oxegene in order to feel properly miffed...

By Nay on   Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Re: Fancy a Jarre tonight?

I think a lot of the incredibleness would come from seeing all that retro-futuristic equipment in such a close setting. Imagine Jean Michel Jarre being the coolest ticket in town; have we all become '80s yuppies? ;D

By aidan on   Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Re: Fancy a Jarre tonight?


*hides Filofax*

By Nay on   Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Re: Fancy a Jarre tonight?

Hide it in yer legwarmers ;D

By aidan on   Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Aidan Curran, based in Paris, has been writing for CLUAS since 2004. More info about Aidan...

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