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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.


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