The concert that we’ve been waiting for came to our little city. The Electronica tour from Jean Michel Jarre!
It has been nearly 10 years since I’ve attended a concert with JMJ music and I got curious how his music has developed in the last decade.
The opening song “THE HEART ON FIRE” came as a warming up,followed by the catchy “AUTOMATIC 2″, then it was lead to the classic piece OXYGENE 2. Here you could see that he picked up the techiques from great DJ, to have moving hollograms displayed at the back of his studio. You could sigh a bit that laserbeams are no longer fashionalable.
Then he began to add a lot of new pieces from his newest album ELECTRONICA 2, such as ” CIRCUS” and “EXIT” both made as a collaboration which both were dramatic and intense.
This all was followed by another classic chilly piece “EQUINOXE 7” and another one from the album ELECTRONICA 1 called “IMMORTALS”, very eerie and chill. This all to show us how different his music has gotten. If you were a fan of the classic series from back in the ’80s you could sigh but if you’re young you could see that his music was influenced by great artists but his music at core hasn’t changed.
After this a short intermezzo with the exotic piece “SOUVENIR DE CHINE” which captivated me as well when I first heared it back in 2007 in Bucharest. He annouced that he had many succesful collabs recently with many artists. As a starting piece he played the piece “BRICK LONDON” a collab piece made with THE PET SHOP BOYS which was especially captivating with the two hollograms made with the two English band members, one on the left in red contouring and the other in a blue contour. This was followed by the new piece THE ARCHITECT made in collab with Jeff Mills.
To take our time to devour his new way for creating new pieces he replayed another song from the OXYGENE series, this time OXYGENE 4.
After this short break he continued with another two cool song, both like the previous one, GLORY made in collab with the french dj M83 and and STARDUST with the Holland DJ Armin van Buuren, an artist who was also present this year at the Untold Festival and was declared #theuntoldhero.
To remind us of his unique style he placed a mini-cam toward his keyboard and created a new synth with motives from the EQUINOXE series. There you could follow along while he played his keyboard, then bend over the stereo to turn some buttons and then tutn around quickly to add cool sounds from something like a large touchsurface you usually see only in SF movies. All this in repeat for 5 minutes.
Another cool feature for what he’s known is the LASERHARP moment. Again he synched his hand movement on the laserbeams to the sound reproduced in order to give the audience the impression he was playing a harp whose strings are made of laserbeams. The piece played for this moment was “THE TIME MACHINE” from the Electronica 1 album.
The last rememberable moment was when he announced in a shy way that his OXYGENE series will have it’s 40th anniversary this december. For this commemoration he created a continuation of the OXYGENE series. He showed us an excerpt of this new compilation with the song called OXYGENE 17. Here, especially if you were near the stage, you could see something fantastic! The colorful lights started to move around, reshaping the OXYGENE motives, the skull, the globe and the waterbubbles. All this while colorful bright light was reflected on Jean Michel, as if he was the one emmaneting this wonderful light. This new piece I absolutely adore!
The concert ended just like the last one I’ve attended with the piece “THE QUATRIEME RENDEZVOUS” a very melancholic but cheerful piece in the same time, which is very known to many teenagers from the late ’80s and ’90s. I’ve remember that I’ve recognized this piece at the concert in 2007, even though at that moment I still wasn’t a JMJ fan. I’ve listened to other recording from the same concert but from different locations, even though the playlist should be the same, this song wasn’t played at those locations. Maybe Jean Michel Jarre has a soft spot for our country, Romania. We hope to listen more from this fabulous artist!