Video: Jean-Michel Jarre and Laurie Anderson (RBMA Paris 2015)

January 9, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized 

This talk was held on Nov 16th as part of RBMA Paris 2015.

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating attacks in Paris, the Red Bull Music Academy and two of its lecture guests, Jean-Michel Jarre and Laurie Anderson, decided to sit down on the couch to discuss music and its role in uncertain times. Having been friends and collaborators for decades, Jarre and Anderson’s understanding of each others’ work and ideas weaves this lecture together: with realism, wisdom and humor.

Although they sit on the couch casually, and as equals, Jarre and Anderson have had globally acclaimed careers that have spanned music, art and performance since the 1970s. When you look at the current landscape of live electronic music performance, everyone from EDM superstars to underground techno DJs owe a huge debt to how Jarre visualized and performed classic albums such as Oxygène and Équinoxe to millions of people. Today, Jarre continues to innovate new ways of composing and performing electronic music with rapidly developing visual technologies: a subject he delves into in this lecture.

Anderson has always had a lot of fun playing with people’s perceptions of what a music piece could be. Originally a sculptor before she started crafting her unique soundscapes, her calm, syncopated delivery conjures all manner of tripped-out dream imagery – evocative and vague enough to qualify as fully-blown artistic statements. Widely influential for her use of early samplers and invented electronic instruments, Anderson has collaborated with Brian Eno, Andy Kaufman and late husband Lou Reed – dancing her own path through art and music with a sense of wonder for life and nature.

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