Jean-Michel JARRE

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Singer & Musician

FrenchBorn Jean-Michel André JARRE

French composer, performer and music producer

Born on August 24, 1948 in Lyon, France , France (73 years)

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Jarre was born in Lyon, the son of composer Maurice Jarre, and French Resistance member and concentration camp survivor France Jarre (nee Pejot). His parents separated when he was five years old, his father moved to the United States, and Jarre remained with his mother in the suburbs of Paris. Jarre would not meet his father again until he was eighteen. He was born into a family of artists; his Grandfather, André Jarre, was an oboe player, an engineer, and an inventor. André perfected the first audio mixer, used at Radio Lyon, and also gave Jean Michel his first record player. For the first eight years of his life, for six months of each year he resided at his Grandparent's flat along the Cours de Verdun, in the Perrache district of Lyon. The young Jarre would watch street performers from the window of the flat, and has cited their music as an influence on his art (traces of this can be found on his album Equinoxe, particularly "Equinoxe Part 8").



It was around this age that he studied classical piano. The experience proved difficult, but several years later he changed teachers and began to work on his musical scales. His more general interest in musical instruments was sparked by the discovery of a 'trumpet violin' created by Boris Vian, found at the Saint-Ouen flea market where his mother sold antiques. His mother regularly took him to her friend's Paris jazz club, Le Chat Qui Pêche (The Fishing Cat) where saxophonists Archie Shepp and John Coltrane, and trumpet players Don Cherry and Chet Baker regularly performed. As an art form, Jazz introduced Jarre to the idea that music may be "descriptive, without lyrics". He was also influenced by the work of French artist Pierre Soulages; aged 14–15 he viewed an exhibition by the artist at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Soulages' paintings used multiple textured layers, and Jarre would later reflect on the experience — "...I suddenly realised that for the first time in music, you could act as a painter with frequencies and sounds."

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