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JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Soundtrack for ‘Amazônia,’ an Immersive Exhibition by Sebastião Salgado, Out April 7

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE CREATES SOUNDTRACK FOR ‘AMAZÔNIA,’
AN IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION BY SEBASTIÃO SALGADO
 
SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED APRIL 7 WITH CD AND VINYL APRIL 9, PLUS A BINAURAL VERSION WILL BE AVAILABLE DIGITALLY
 
EXHIBIT TO OPEN AT THE PHILHARMONIC PARIS THEN TOUR SOUTH AMERICA, ROME, AND LONDON

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has composed and recorded a 52-minute musical score for ‘Amazônia,’ a new project by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Sebastião Salgado for the Philharmonic Paris. It follows Jarre’s recent triumphant virtual performance at Notre Dame for New Year’s Eve, which attracted over 75 million viewers worldwide.

‘Amazônia’ is an immersive exhibition focussing on the Brazilian Amazon, featuring more than 200 photographs and other media by Salgado. He travelled the region for six years, capturing the forest, the rivers, the mountains and the people who live there, and most of the work will be seen publicly for the first time. At the heart of the exhibit is an invitation to see, hear and think about the future of biodiversity and the place of humans in the living world.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s accompanying sound-creation is a symphonic world which will engulf visitors to the exhibit in the sounds of the forest. Using a blend of electronic and orchestral instruments with other real-life natural sounds, the score has also been recorded in binaural audio for a truly immersive experience. It will also be available digitally in both standard and binaural versions from April 7, with CD and vinyl to follow on April 9.

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Jean-Michel Jarre says: “I wanted to avoid the ethnomusicological approach, or creating background music. So I conceived a sort of toolbox containing musical elements – orchestral and electronic – intended to recreate or evoke the timbre of natural sounds, to which I added sounds from the environment and finally ethnic sources (voices, songs, and instruments) from the sound archives of the Ethnography Museum of Geneva (MEG). I approached the Amazon with respect, in a poetic and impressionistic way. I chose the vocal and sound elements in their evocative dimension, rather than trying to be faithful to a particular ethnic group. It seemed interesting to me to fantasize the forest. It carries with it a powerful imagination; for both Westerners and Amerindians. This music also evokes a form of nomadism, as if sounds appear and disappear during a migration. It was necessary to go back to the principles of orchestration of the sounds of nature, to work from sounds which follow one another randomly, but which can compose a harmony or a dissonance. As in any symphony, the work has moments of clarity or tension.”

Appointed ambassador to UNESCO in 1993, Jean-Michel Jarre is involved in many remarkable projects for tolerance and cultural pluralism, as well as for the defence of nature and the environment. For the ‘Amazônia’ project, he actively collaborated with the scientific team of the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva (MEG) to restore as closely as possible the sound identity of the forest and the people who inhabit it.



The Amazônia exhibition opens at the Philharmonie de Paris on April 7 and will then tour several cities around the world – from Paris to São Paulo, via Rio de Janeiro, Rome and London. It features over 200 photographs, as well as films including testimonials from indigenous personalities on the need to save their culture and environment.

Exhibit locations are as follows, dates TBC:

Paris  Philharmonie de Paris

Rome Maxxi

São Paulo  SESC Pompeia

Rio de Janeiro Museu Do Amanha

London Science Museum 

‘Amazônia’ by Jean-Michel Jarre available digitally in standard and binaural audio: April 7.

CD and Vinyl available from April 9 via Sony Music Entertainment.

Exhibition curator and set designer: Lélia Wanick Salgado 

Exhibition musical creation: Jean-Michel Jarre

Exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva

Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la Musique 221 avenue Jean Jaurès – 75019 Paris www.philharmoniedeparis.fr  

ABOUT JEAN-MICHEL JARRE

The French composer, performer, producer, visionary, innovator, cultural ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre is recognised 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 with a performance at Coachella. 

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.”

ABOUT JEAN-MICHEL JARRE

The French composer, performer, producer, visionary, innovator, cultural ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre is recognised 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 with a performance at Coachella. 

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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