Jean Michel Jarre (born August 24, 1948) is a French composer of electronic music. He had hits with Oxygene Part IV and Equinoxe Part V. 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, and three of which appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for their large audiences, often of several million.
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 British actress and photographer Charlotte Rampling. In 2002 he became engaged to French actress Isabelle Adjani.
He is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
La Cage/Erosmachine (1971, 7" single only)
Deserted Palace (1972)
Les Granges Brulées (1973)
Oxygene (1976 in France, 1977 worldwide)
Magnetic Fields (Les Chants Magnétiques) (1981)
The Concerts in China (Les Concerts En Chine) (1982)
Musik aus Zeit und Raum (1983)
The Essential Jean Michel Jarre (1983)
Music For Supermarkets (Musique Pour Supermarché) (1983, only one copy made)
The Essential 1976-1986 (1985, music same as on The Essential Jean Michel Jarre)
In Concert Houston-Lyon (1987, 1997 replaced by Cities In Concert Houston-Lyon)
Live (1989, 1997 renamed Destination Docklands)
The Laser Years (Les Années Laser) (1989, 9 CD box exclusively including Cities In Concert Houston-Lyon)
Waiting For Cousteau (En Attendant Cousteau) (1990)
Images – The Best Of Jean Michel Jarre (1991)
L'Intégrale (1992, 10 CD box)
Hong Kong (1994)
Oxygene 7-13 (1997)
The Complete Oxygene (1998, 2 CD box containing Oxygene and Oxygene 7-13 with bonus track)
Odyssey Through O2 (1998)
Sessions 2000 (2002)
Geometry of Love (2003)
The Essential (2004)
Aero (To be released 2004)