Electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre is staging a unique New Year’s Eve gig that will see the French legend appear as an avatar from inside Notre Dame Cathedral surrounded by a spectacular 3D light show.
Jarre, who has been at the forefront of innovative electronic music for five decades, will perform live at a studio near the famous Paris landmark while his virtual self “performs” inside the cathedral.
The one-off gig is free and can be watched like a normal show, but viewers can also wear virtual reality headsets and “enter” the cathedral to watch Jarre perform live.
On Tuesday, Jarre posted a short video of the dress rehearsal on Twitter, which shows him in the midst of the spectacular laser display.
Final days of rehearsals for WELCOME TO THE OTHER SIDE. Cannot wait to perform this show for you on New Years Eve. I’ll be doing a Facebook Live tonight at 6:30pm CET (Paris time) from the broadcasting studio. pic.twitter.com/3Mdok5dBJg
— Jean-Michel Jarre (@jeanmicheljarre) December 29, 2020
Called “Welcome to the Other Side”, the 45-minute show will feature tracks from Jarre’s recent Grammy-nominated album Electronica, as well as new reworked versions of his classics, Oxygène and Equinoxe.
Jarre, who has partnered with French start-up VRrOOm and UNESCO to put on the show, told the Times earlier this week: “I think VR today is exactly what the cinema was at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a new mode of expression. It’s never going to replace the excitement of shoulder against shoulder at a music festival, but people who are isolated socially or geographically can gather through their avatars in a VR world.”
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