Jean-Michel Jarre rang us into the New Year with ‘Welcome To The Other Side,’ a trailblazing live-stream concert-spectacular set in the virtual environment of the planetary landmark Notre-Dame de Paris. The live show combined life-like concert visuals in VR with a live studio performance. The groundbreaking production left many viewers wondering which parts were real and which were virtual.
So far, the concert has been seen by 75 million viewers and virtual partygoers from around the world, taking in viewing figures from multiple platforms including VR platforms VRChat and Oculus Venues, national and international TV and radio, social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Weibo, Bilibili and Douyin. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) made the event available to their national TV and radio partners around the world free of charge.
‘Welcome To The Other Side’ took place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2020, produced in partnership with VRrOOm, the City of Paris and under the patronage of UNESCO – becoming the official midnight image and countdown from Paris. The impressive viewing figures continue to grow as the whole event is available to replay online.
Jean-Michel Jarre performed live from Studio Gabriel near the cathedral in Paris, while his avatar played inside a virtual Notre-Dame. The 50-minute concert, featuring tracks from Jarre’s most recent album Electronica, as well as new reworked versions of his classics, Oxygène and Equinoxe – gave the world a virtual inside look at the legendary landmark in a futuristic and festive way.
The audio of the concert is available now on all music streaming platforms under the title
WELCOME TO THE OTHER SIDE – LIVE.
Tune in here: https://JMJ.lnk.to/WTTOSAW
Created by Jean-Michel JarreDesigned by VRrOOm
Produced by the City of Paris
Under the patronage of UNESCO
In partnership with BNP, Radio France & BFM TV / BFM Paris
Executive Production: R2B & Aero Productions
Created, designed and produced in a record-breaking three months, the 50 minute mixed-media project gathered a team of one hundred artists and technicians to recreate Notre-Dame de Paris and achieve a masterpiece blending an array of formats and skills.
For ‘Welcome to the Other Side’ Jarre’s visionary creativity partnered with VRrOOm’s VR designers and developers to create a concert-spectacular that is nothing short of his benchmark outdoor performances and above all a milestone today in setting new standards for music entertainment tomorrow.
ABOUT JEAN-MICHEL JARRE:
The French composer, performer, producer, visionary, innovator, cultural ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre is recognized worldwide as one of the pioneers of electronic music. His innovative approach to the visual and highly technological staging of electronic music has paved the way for this culture to flourish worldwide through renowned festivals.His current catalogue, which includes 21 studio albums, has generated sales of more than 85 million albums worldwide. Jarre has also set records in the Guinness Book of Records through the exceptional participation of the public at his concerts in several emblematic sites around the world: 1m Place de la Concorde (1979), 1.3m Houston, Texas (1986), 2.5m Paris-La Défense (1990), 3.5m Moscow (1997). Throughout his career Jarre played some of the most exciting landmarks around the globe: He was the first western musician ever to be invited to perform in post-Mao China, and has also played the likes of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, The Sahara Desert, The Eiffel Tower and the Dead Sea.In 2017 Jarre was nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award for his album project Electronica (Pete Townshend, Moby, Air, Armin van Buuren, 3D/ Massive Attack, Hans Zimmer, Edward Snowden, Lang Lang…). The highly acclaimed album project turned into a spectacular global live tour, ending in his performance at Coachella festival. Jarre has long been UNESCO’s ambassador for education, science and culture, an unconditional defender of the environment and winner of the Stephen Hawking Medal for scientific communication.JEAN-MICHEL JARRE is synonymous with the legendary as he continues to break new ground with each piece of music and live performance. With technology on the forefront of everything we do, Jarre quotes today as “the most exciting time to make music.”
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