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Jean-Michel Jarre - Masada, Israel - 06/04/2017
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Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:58 am   




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@jeanmicheljarre live #zerogravity #DeadSea #electronic #synthesizer

Source: https://mobile.twitter.com/erezyaary/status/850070415523418112



Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Facebook - 06/04/2017

Live @ The Dead Sea take off #outdoorconcert #deadsea #masada #showtime

Source: https://www.facebook.com/...?type=3&theater



Live @ The Dead Sea in the Heart of Noise #showtime #masada #deadsea #outdoorconcert

Video: https://www.facebook.com/...96/?pnref=story

Official videos:
https://www.facebook.com/...01940869883156/
https://www.facebook.com/...01950909882152/




Mail Online - 07/04/2017

Electro music pioneer braves elements for Dead Sea show

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre performs in Israel at a concert to raise awareness of the receding of the Dead Sea, the world's lowest body of water

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.u...d-Sea-show.html

Malay Mail Online - 07/04/2017



Source: http://m.themalaymailonli...r-dead-sea-show



RTL - 07/04/2017

Jean-Michel Jarre shakes the site of Massada in Israel for the Dead Sea

Source: http://www.rtl.fr/culture...orte-7788002768

Culturebox: Accueil - 07/04/2017



Source: http://culturebox.francet...er-morte-254649



Sciences et Avenir - 07-04-2017

Jean-Michel Jarre celebrates the Dead Sea despite a sand storm

Source: https://www.sciencesetave...de-sable_112025
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Facebook - 07/04/2017

Last night was amazing !!
Playing in Masada, close to the Dead Sea was like playing on the moon..and I thank everyone who came to make noise to raise awareness about the critical situation of the Dead Sea.
We are preparing videos of this unique moment that we will share in the near future..
Love to all,
JMJ

Source: https://www.facebook.com/...155238511604096
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Live @ The Dead Sea

Masada historical site will transform for one single night to encapsulate a futuristic ambience, introducing a most complex state-of-the-art production devised to transport the audience on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The stage will be set at the center of the mountainous landscape in front of a luxury amphitheater especially built to accommodate well-equipped and comfortable separate seating and dancing platforms.

Tracklist

1. Ethnicolor
2. The Heart Of Noise pt. 1
3. The Heart Of Noise pt. 2
4. Automatic pt. 2
5. Oxygene 2
6. Circus
7. Web Spinner
8. Exit
9. Equinoxe 7
10. Conquistador
11. Oxygene 8
12. Zero Gravity
13. Souvenir Of China
14. Immortals
15. Oxygene 19
16. Miss Moon
17. Brick England
18. The Architect
19. Chronologie 4
20. Oxygene 17
21. Time Machine
22. Stardust
23. Oxygene 4
24. Equinoxe 4
25. Glory
26. Herbalizer
27. Stardust Remixed Version

Source - Official Jean-Michel Jarre Website: http://jeanmicheljarre.com/live/live-the-dead-sea
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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French musician Jean-Michel Jarre performs at the Dead Sea.

French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre stages a live concert at the Dead Sea aimed at raising awareness to the area's dire environmental conditions.

Published on 07/04/2017.

Video by Reuters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRgz61D7lY
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Source: https://www.facebook.com/...303892206354689



Jean-Michel Jarre in concert at the Dead Sea

Unprecedented concert of the pioneer of electronic music in Israel on April 6, 2017, despite a sand storm...

Video by i24NEWS: http://www.dailymotion.co...-mer-morte_news




Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Instagram - 09/04/2017

Live @ The Dead Sea souvenir #outdoorconcert #deadsea #masada #showtime #lasers

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSqFk7_j_uT/
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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JM with Fiona and Gong Li @ the Dead Sea!
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Article - n-tv.de - 10/04/2017

A journey to the Dead Sea is a journey to the lowest point on Earth. A trip to yourself. A journey into the salt, into the sand, the wind, the sun, the sea. A journey into history. A trip to Jean Michel Jarre, who says "Save the Dead Sea! Now!"

Source: http://www.n-tv.de/leute/...le19788230.html












Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Facebook - 11/04/2017

I still have lots of images and instant memories in my mind following the Live @ The Dead Sea concert.
Thank you everyone for the nicest messages and words I keep receiving since then.
Here are some pictures made by Marc Tsof and I will send more content soon...stay tuned and do not forget to spread the message to SAVE THE DEAD SEA.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/...155252575574096
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Instagram - 11/04/2017

Where I feel the most alive...#showtime

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSwCBAHjz0K/
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Live @ the Dead Sea - 06/04/2017

French musician Jean-Michel Jarre realized the most ambitious project in his entire career - he arranged a concert on the shores of the Dead Sea, at the foot of Masada mountain, on the lowest part of the land.

Video by Коммерсантъ ИД: https://www.youtube.com/w...o3A&app=desktop
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Instagram - 12/04/2017

Laser storm in the desert Live @The Dead Sea #outdoorconcert #showtime #lasers #masada #deadsea

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSyRW2bjRZb/
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Interview - Trax Magazine - 13/04/2017

WHY JEAN-MICHEL JARRE AND DJ'S HAVE MADE A GIGANTIC CONCERT ON THE EDGE OF THE DEAD SEA

Last Thursday, Jean-Michel Jarre offered a gigantic concert in Massada, Israel, on the shores of the Dead Sea. The 68-year-old musician invited the Israeli duo Astral Projection , the Canadian Marco Grenier , and DJ Ravin , to "make noise" with him to attract the attention of the international community on this worrying phenomenon.

Source: http://fr.traxmag.com/art...de-la-mer-morte
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Facebook - 17/04/2017

JM Jarre Live @ The Dead Sea clip #1
After the unique moment we all experienced & shared in Masada for the Live @ The Dead Sea Concert, with such a fantastic audience and so many warm messages from all over the world, here is the first official clip of this very special concert : some rough shots of the film conceived & directed by my friend Alexandra Juran.
Some more excerpts are going to be published before the release of Alexandra's film project later this year.

A massive thank you to all the great teams who made this concert possible..!!

Thanks to all the fans around the planet following this project !

I love you All !
Jean-Michel

Source and video: https://www.facebook.com/...?type=3&theater
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Jean-Michel Jarre - Official Instagram - 18/04/2017

Eye in the sky

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTBl9ltjn7-/
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Alexandra Juran - Facebook - 27/04/2017

I am back! Just landed from spaceship)) and received this photos made by amazing Mark Tso! Thank you everybody who wrote me so many good words! And thank you everyone who helped me to realize this outstanding project for Jean-Michel Jarre!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/...394261063953370
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:08 pm   

PLSN - Projection, Lights and Staging News - 07/06/2017

Jean-Michel Jarre: 2017 Spectacles Add to an Epic Career



Drones and lasers in use at the Dead Sea benefit show. Photo by Itamar Grinberg

French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has very nearly done it all. Born in Lyon, France, son of film composer Maurice Jarre, Jean-Michel began studying classical music at an early age and formed his first major rock band in the late 1960s. Within a few short years Jarre had tapped cutting-edge keyboard technology and helped to revolutionize synthesized music with releases such as 1976’s global hit Oxygène, 1978’s Équinoxe, and 1981’s Les Chants Magnétiques.

As Jarre’s music grew in complexity, so did the artist’s theatrical ambitions. By the late 1970s Jarre traversed virgin territory, undertaking tours and dazzling massive crowds with one-off live production extravaganzas.

He’s performed at the base of the Great Pyramids at Giza in Egypt. He was the first Western music figure of note to stage a concert in the post-Cultural Revolution China, and more recently appeared at Masada, Israel, near the Dead Sea. He’s broken attendance records all over the world for outdoor concerts, including an event in 1986 in Houston, TX that drew 1.3 million spectators, earning him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

This year, Jarre notched up more achievements, including another spectacular one-off mega-concert production. On April 6, 2017, Jarre performed near Masada, Israel, in the hopes of raising awareness for the “slow-motion crisis” taking place at the neighboring Dead Sea

North American Tour Design

In May 2017, Jarre embarked on a tour of North America, with performances in New York, Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities.

“When I was 18 years old, I walked into Radio City Music Hall and I remember thinking to myself, ‘One day I’ll play here,’” Jarre tells PLSN. “I did lots of different projects in America, but I’ve been more involved in one-off productions. This tour is quite special to me personally and in terms of concept.”

Most electronic music is inherently visual, but Jarre’s stage presentation is a veritable symphony of synchronized images and sound.

Cinematic spectacle is complemented by a musical narrative flush with ghostly synth lines, sequenced rhythms, quavering cosmic sirens, whistling whirly noises, and manipulated voice samples that penetrate our psyches in ways only electronica can.

Jarre tends to envision an entire production, or the seeds of an entire production, even as he composes and records in his studio. His current tour is no exception. “I was influenced by Jackson Pollock when I was a student, and I always thought electronic music is very close to abstract painting,” says Jarre. “I wanted to express visually how I am approaching music composition or mixing by creating architecture of sound and soundscapes…”

Designs for the tour developed in some very unconventional, if effective, ways. “I started on my own by designing everything on computer, using WYSIWYG, and also a piece of paper,” says Jarre. “For every track, I decided on what kind of graphic direction I’d like to go. Then I worked with different people, like lighting designer and director Jvan Morandi. He’s a great guy; an Italian living in London who works with lots of rock bands, like Placebo, and is designing for operas.”

Jvan Morandi, of Placing Shadows Lighting and Show Design, notes that Jarre “tends to sketch stuff, and then we start talking about it. I was bouncing ideas back to him, and he was sketching on anything that is valuable to him at the moment. If he’s in a pizza parlor in San Francisco, he’ll put two slices together, take a picture, and send it to me as some kind of visual example of what he’s thinking. Then we do a mockup and transfer this idea into…WYSIWYG.”

Jarre often operates from what seems a bottomless well of energy and creativity. It’s both exhausting and exhilarating for those on his production team. “The man is 68, and he will kill both me and you,” says Morandi. “A lot of discussion happens in what we call our ‘Dracula Hours’ calls. We would be communicating via phone or Skype around midnight until three or four in the morning. These calls were at the core of the success of this production, in a sense. He keeps on working, and always remains very kind and polite.”

3D Effects from Mobile Screens

One of the main visual ingredients of the Jarre show is the 3D effect created through the use of multiple layers of mobile, transparent, low-res LED screens. Claypaky Stormy CC fixtures bolster the overall impact of the lighting, but the ROE Creative Linx-30 curtains are at the heart of the show’s mind-altering optical illusions, what audiences perceive as objects floating in three dimensions. (PRG Europe and PRG America supplied the LED screens and lighting, respectively).

“I conceived of something very special for the tour: 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses,” says Jarre. “As an artist you’re always trying to explore through technology.”

“Generally speaking, this is a video installation show, in which the lighting takes a step back in many songs,” Morandi says. “There’s just key lighting for the performers and for accents. In some songs, the lighting does jump to the foreground with timecoded effects, and the LED screens can be used for lighting as well. Tracks like ‘Web Spinner’ use the full brightness of the LED screens to create color fields and strobing...”

“For ‘Web Spinner,’ we’d decided to not use the screens as lighting panels,” says lighting programmer and operator Jordan Babev. “I did a breakdown of the track, and following the sequence of noises I’ve tried to alternate monochromatic lighting panels with a matrix of lights [positioned behind the panels]. The screens are constantly moving, creating dynamic walls. The artist appears as though he is inside a box that opens and closes.”

The Linx-30s can move from stage left to stage right, and from either end to center stage. When the screens are static at center stage, Jarre performs from behind a veritable curtain of panels, upon which programmed images appear in shapes ranging from a cube to a revolving Earth-like sphere morphing into a human skull (reminiscent of the iconic Oxygène album cover).

“We are creating layers through transparency,” says Morandi. “The original idea for the show emerged from a concept of a rotating sphere on stage. You still get a sense of rotation, this sphere rotating, like lines passing between the foreground and background. We’re always on the edge of the Moiré effect.”

Track Bandits

Without the elegant mechanics of the Wahlberg’s motorized DMX-controlled track runners, Jarre’s extravagant North American production would literally grind to a halt. Shuttling the LED screens to and fro, gliding along standard lightweight aluminum tracks, these bandits (each weighing 23 pounds) perform an almost indispensible job.

Initially, the idea was to have each LED screen independently rotate 360 degrees. “[Applying the rotating design] was postponed, and the production decided that for the summer tour [in 2016] they wanted only the straight movement of the screens,” says Mads Wahlberg, CEO of Wahlberg Motion Design of Denmark. “We could make the screens rotate, if we wanted, but [the production team] felt the movements were working so well even without the rotation.”

The track runners are programmed to move to certain key positions and run at different speeds. “It’s been very straightforward to program [the Wahlberg track runners],” says Morandi. “Everything is timecoded. The system has proven to be very reliable.”

“Every single motor behaves like a lighting unit — a very basic one,” adds Babev. “Once the zero points are done, it’s a fixture with one channel for the position on the track and one channel for the speed. Every song is based on one or more positions of the screens. Every motion cue is triggered via timecode LTC, which we’re using for lighting and video as well.”

The Laser Harp

When it comes to his live productions, Jarre is nothing if not hands on. Literally. A MIDI device dubbed the Laser Harp, a signature visual centerpiece of Jarre’s show for decades, has both dazzled and perplexed observers. Fans will recognize this as the piece of equipment Jarre uses in the song “The Time Machine.”

In a nutshell, every time Jarre breaks the beams, or a beam, streaming from his Laser Harp, this action triggers (via MIDI) an event on a synthesizer. To help illuminate the operational details of Jarre’s Laser Harp we reached out to Justin Perry, chief operation officer at Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the Beyond laser control and multi-media software system Jarre uses on tour.

“There are some misconceptions about Jarre’s Laser Harp,” says Perry. “The classic laser harp that general consumers buy is not what Jarre has. His harp is intuitive. When he breaks the beam it will execute a function, just like a normal laser harp. However, as he moves his hand up or down within the laser beam, that creates additional effects. In our Beyond software, there’s a tool called ‘scripting.’ Scripting allows the user to write a custom code command. If you break the laser beam and want to trigger, say, a burst effect, you can do that. That’s what they’re doing on Jarre’s tour.

“The harp communicates with our Beyond software, which sends a signal to our FB4 media server inside the projectors,” Perry adds. “Inside every laser projector is a motor called an optical scanning system, which we now manufacture. Laser Image, out of the Netherlands, built our FB4 media server into their projectors. The FB4 supports all major lighting and laser protocols, network DMX, Art-Net, OSC timecode, the old school laser protocols, like ILDA … It also has onboard SD card memory, so regardless of how an individual wishes to control the lasers, be it from a console, computer, or a laser harp, which is what Jean-Michel Jarre does, they can do that. An Art-Net feed is going to the back of the lasers, and our software is running on a PC in the background. [Jarre is] able to control and manipulate content in real time from the grandMA2.”

Control

All of the movement — lights and screens, even lasers — can be controlled by one lighting desk, but the production designers thought it best to split the operations.

“For safety and margin of error purposes, we moved the automation onto a separate lighting controller,” says Morandi. “A grandMA2 controls the automations. We control lights and media servers — Catalyst V5 — via a ChamSys MQ500. The lasers are all on timecode and networked and controlled by our systems. The Catalysts control an array of custom-made Blackmagic panels for switching for all the robotic cameras, lipstick cameras and iPad cameras dotted around the stage. We even have micro-cameras in [Jarre’s] glasses. All systems are synced via SMPTE timecode generated by the Ableton audio system on stage.”

“The two grandMA2 desks are located at front of house and on stage, and use the MA Net network protocol,” says Babev. “However, only the one on stage is sending data to the actual screens via the physical DMX output. The reason behind this is safety: at any time, we can stop the screens.”

Morandi explains that programming for the tour was “murderous” and required the team to work around the clock over a four-week time period. Despite the strict adherence to timecode, designers managed to carve out moments of “planned” spontaneity. “We have breaks in the timecode flow to allow for Jean-Michel to talk to the audience and decide every night to keep the show more personal to each of the city,” says Morandi.

“I spend so much time during sound check, trying to twist every night into something different,” says Jarre. “The crew generates a good show but … because everybody is quite happy and relaxed after a good show, that could become dangerous. By making this an evolving project, it keeps everyone edgy, you know?”

The Jarre crew worked tirelessly and cohesively to get the production off the ground. Show prep for the 2016 tour — the basis for his 2017 dates — lasted six months. Weeks of rehearsals followed.

“It was important for everybody to be in sync for the rehearsal,” Jarre says. “The sound engineer has to understand what we are doing visually. Everyone, from the guy doing the backline to those taking care of scaffoldings — they should know what final results I’m aiming for. Everybody knows what they are doing, and why they are doing it.”

Salt of the Earth: Jarre in Israel

he Dead Sea in Israel is the lowest body of water on the planet, if not one of the saltiest. Scientists estimate that the Dead Sea may be completely depleted of its scant supply in the next few decades. Although some geologists challenge this assertion, the Sea’s water level will likely remain dangerously low for the foreseeable future.

Further exacerbating tensions is the fact that everyone in the area — Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Syrians — needs water. Damming off resources from the River Jordan and other tributaries has done little but strain already sensitive political situations. On April 6, 2017, prior to his North American tour, Jarre staged one of his famous one-off mega-concert productions at Masada, Israel, in the hopes of raising awareness for what the BBC in 2016 called a “slow-motion crisis.”

Ironically, environmental concerns — aside from the obvious water shortage — helped shape the Jarre concert. Tour vets will tell you that working outdoor festivals is one thing: working open-air shows in the middle of a desert is another. Allowing expensive gear to sit in the salt-rich environment of the Dead Sea, for days, as the build occurs would result in equipment malfunction or worse. As a result, the production was supplied gear through local companies. Problem?

“We had to use nontransparent screens,” says lighting designer Jvan Morandi. “I realized that we could compensate a little for the lack of transparency in trying to attain a little bit of a 3D effect. We had thin strips of high-resolution screens with gaps in between.”

Various obstacles did not prevent the show from being an artistic success. Visually it proved to be stunning. Nestled into topography of the site — oceans of sand and a towering 500-meter tall cliff — looked like “a little crystal city in the middle of the desert,” says Morandi. “It’s like salt crystals coming out of the sand. Maybe even a ‘letter box’ within the desert.”

Jean-Michel Jarre Support Team

Crew
Lighting Designer: Jvan Morandi, Placing Shadows Lighting and Show Design
Lighting Programmer/Operator: Jordan Babev
Lighting/Video Co: PRG
Lighting and Video Crew Chief: Vincent Ex
Lighting Crew: Jason Winfree, Charles Collins
Catalyst and Video Racks: Maarten Quirynen
Video Tech: Jeroen Mahieu
Lasers: Hugo Bunk, Laser Image The Netherlands/Australia
Motion Operator: Joeri Pluym
Management: Aero Productions
Tour Manager: Chris Rowley
Production Manager: Kevin Hopgood, Pull the Pin Out Productions

Gear

1 ChamSys MQ500 (for lighting and video)
1 grandMA2 Light (for motion control)
35 Martin MAC Viper Profiles
30 GLP impression X4s
50 Claypaky Stormy CCs
6 Claypaky A.leda B-Eye K20s
224 Square meters ROE Linx-30 (30mm LED screen)
1 Catalyst V5 system (for video)
2 21m sections of aluminum track
10 Wahlberg track runners
13 Supernova HD 35W ROGCB OPSL low divergence lasers* (w/Pangolin FB4 Media Server inside)
1 20W Laser Harp*
16 ER Productions RGB Beamburst grating box

* All lasers made by Laser Image

Source: http://plsn.com/current-i...pic-career.html
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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