Legendary French producer and composer Jean-Michel Jarre lights up Philadelphia’s Tower Theater

Long-time French producer, composer, and all around performer, Jean-Michel Jarre lit up the room, literally, combining a translucent light-show overtop his ambient electronic instrumentals hypnotizing the Tower Theater with intrigue and delight.

Jean-Michel Jarre is internationally known for throwing huge concerts as he holds the record for the largest outdoor concert crowd in the Guinness Book of World Records, which he continued to beat three times over. However, while touring his Electronica World Tour, he chose to play for a more intimate audience with each stop in the US consisting of smaller stage venues to provide a more up close and personal experience for fans.

With a range of work spanning over 35 years, Jarre has so much material to pull from. He went on to perform mixes from his three-decade lasting Oxygene series, which made him a staple in the electronic dance scene in 1976, as well as a number of hits from his Grammy-nominated Electronica series. Songs like “Exit” featured a short clip at the end of the song featuring Edward Snowden talking about privacy and our relationship with technology. Jarre then explained how the trans-heavy “Souvenir of China” was written on the plane on his way back from China expressing that inspiration can spark when you least expect it.

While many people today have difficulty keeping up with trends in technology, Jean-Michel Jarre, the 68 year-old producer took the audience through an array of his technical expertise. As he performed, “Immortals” he wore a spy camera on his glasses and showed on screen how he comes up with his compositions on stage, comparing it to watching a “chef on a cooking show.” The entirety of the set made phenomenal use of lasers, lights, and on-screen visuals with the climax being no exception. Jarre came to the front of the stage and played what he referred to as a “laser harp.” The seven beams of laser light fully functioned as an electronic harp as he closed the set with “The Time Machine” originally featuring Boyz Noise, followed by a lengthy encore where he went back and fourth from synthesizer to key-tar closing out with “Stardust.” Jean-Michel Jarre’s tour continues in the US through May 27 and then he goes back to Europe until mid-July.

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Legendary French producer and composer Jean-Michel Jarre lights up Philadelphia’s Tower Theater

Long-time French producer, composer, and all around performer, Jean-Michel Jarre lit up the room, literally, combining a translucent light-show overtop his ambient electronic instrumentals hypnotizing the Tower Theater with intrigue and delight.

Jean-Michel Jarre is internationally known for throwing huge concerts as he holds the record for the largest outdoor concert crowd in the Guinness Book of World Records, which he continued to beat three times over. However, while touring his Electronica World Tour, he chose to play for a more intimate audience with each stop in the US consisting of smaller stage venues to provide a more up close and personal experience for fans.

With a range of work spanning over 35 years, Jarre has so much material to pull from. He went on to perform mixes from his three-decade lasting Oxygene series, which made him a staple in the electronic dance scene in 1976, as well as a number of hits from his Grammy-nominated Electronica series. Songs like “Exit” featured a short clip at the end of the song featuring Edward Snowden talking about privacy and our relationship with technology. Jarre then explained how the trans-heavy “Souvenir of China” was written on the plane on his way back from China expressing that inspiration can spark when you least expect it.

While many people today have difficulty keeping up with trends in technology, Jean-Michel Jarre, the 68 year-old producer took the audience through an array of his technical expertise. As he performed, “Immortals” he wore a spy camera on his glasses and showed on screen how he comes up with his compositions on stage, comparing it to watching a “chef on a cooking show.” The entirety of the set made phenomenal use of lasers, lights, and on-screen visuals with the climax being no exception. Jarre came to the front of the stage and played what he referred to as a “laser harp.” The seven beams of laser light fully functioned as an electronic harp as he closed the set with “The Time Machine” originally featuring Boyz Noise, followed by a lengthy encore where he went back and fourth from synthesizer to key-tar closing out with “Stardust.” Jean-Michel Jarre’s tour continues in the US through May 27 and then he goes back to Europe until mid-July.

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