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Jean Michel Jarre

Jean Michel Jarre is a French composer of electronic music. He had hits with Oxygene and Equinoxe. He is the son of Maurice Jarre[?], a composer of film music, who has written the scores to such films as Lawrence Of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago, among many others.

He is well-known for staging spectacular outdoor concerts of his music, which feature laser displays and fireworks.

One of his albums, Musique pour supermarchés had a print run on only a single copy, which was auctioned to raise money for French artists.

In 1986 he worked with NASA; astronaut Ronald McNair was to play the saxophone part of Jarre's piece Rendez-Vous VI while in orbit on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was to have been the first piece of music recorded in space, for the album Rendez-Vous. After the Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986, the piece was recorded with a different saxophonist, retitled Ron's piece and the album dedicated to the seven Challenger astronauts.

He was married to actress and photographer Charlotte Rampling[?].

He is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.


  • Oxygene (1976)
  • Equinoxe[?] (1978)
  • Magnetic fields[?] (Les Chants Magnétiques) (1981)
  • Concerts in China (Les concerts en Chine) (1982)
  • Musique pour supermarchés (1983, only one copy made)
  • Zoolook (1984)
  • Rendez-Vous (1986)
  • Revolutions (1988)
  • Waiting For Cousteau (1990)
  • Images (1991)
  • Chronologie (1993)
  • Oxygene 7-13 (1997)
  • Metamorphoses (2000)
  • Sessions 2000 (2003)

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