Coachella 2018 predictions: Goldenvoice foreshadows some big surprises in exclusive interview
One artist he wants festival-goers to discover is French electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. Jarre will turn 70 in August and he’s making his first U.S. tour. But he recently did some huge shows in South America and the Middle East's Dead Sea, where he integrated his passion for educating audiences about the fragility of the environment with his penchant for outdoor spectacle.
He's planning something that Tollett says could match Zimmer on the Richter Scale.
“Super interesting and I’ve got to get the word out to the people that are coming,” Tollett said. “Don’t sleep on that one. That’s going to be so insane. He’s nighttime Outdoor Theatre. It’s going to be a bigger stage than usual and we’re letting it rip out there. It’s sort of like when Hans Zimmer played. When you book it, it’s like, ‘Oh, Hans Zimmer is cool, of course. Who doesn’t want Hans Zimmer?’ Then, after you’ve released the poster, you realize, oh, it’s way better than you thought. I’ll admit, I didn’t realize how over-the-top the reaction was going to be for Hans Zimmer.”
Jarre, who collaborated with Zimmer on his 2016 album, “Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise,” told The Desert Sun he’s planning an immersive electronic experience that also will serve as an alarm to the threat of climate change.
“Since I have been making music for quite a few decades now, I have had two major influences threading through my work: technology and ecology,” he said. “Forty years ago, when I composed ‘Oxygène’ as a manifesto, an alarm, to create awareness around climate change, we certainly were not many beating that drum.”
Jarre, who celebrated the anniversary of his 1976 album, “Oxygène,” by releasing “Oxygène 3,” made history again in 1986 in Houston. He was asked by the Houston Grand Opera and NASA to create a concert marking the 150th anniversary of Texas and the 25th anniversary of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Jarre used 2,000 projectors to shine images onto buildings and 1,200-foot screens, transforming the city’s skyscrapers into giant backdrops for a spectacular fireworks and laser light show with music mixing traditional symphonic music, electronics and saxophone.
The Guinness publishers recognized the “Rendez-vous Houston” concert as having a world record audience of 1.5 million people. Then, several months later, Jarre did a concert for 1 million people in his native Lyon, France. Those live shows were released in his album, “Cities in Concert – Houston/Lyon.”
Jarre cited those shows, and his recent Dead Sea concert, when asked if his Coachella set would address climate change, the presidency of Donald Trump and even the threat to the Salton Sea in another “Olympian moment.”
“The concept of my Cities in Concert outdoor city-scale concerts was also a statement in creating the link between the audience and the surrounding environment, whether man-made or indeed natural, as (was) my last outdoor concert on the banks of the Dead Sea,” he said. “The exploration of large-scale visuals has been at the heart of the technology in my concerts from the very beginning. I was probably one of the first artists to propose such an important visual accompaniment with my live performance.
“Coachella and its picturesque setting at the foot of the mountains is indeed a special experience for all those who partake, and it’s only natural that I want to offer the audience here a unique experience that encapsulates at best my artistic DNA. I want people to ‘see’ my music, as much as they can hear it.”
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