With Grammy Nomination Electronic Music Godfather Jean-Michel Jarre Preps First North American Tour
Now four decades into his storied career French artist Jean-Michel Jarre is considered the godfather of electronic music. In all that time though, he has never toured North America, until this year. He’ll kick off his first ever North American tour May 9 in Toronto and end it May 27 in Los Angeles.
The tour was planned last year, but it got a tremendous boost when Jarre received a Grammy nomination in December for Best Dance Album for Electronica 1: The Time Machine, a series of collaborations he did with artists who, to him, influenced electronic music. The range of artists on that album is wide, from the Who’s Pete Townshend and Moby to Air, M83 and noted horror film director John Carpenter.
For Jarre, the nomination means more awareness for the tour. “I think that’s a sign that some people in the U.S. and younger generation also, having discovered electronic music through EDM, it’s creating a link with what electronic music is all about,” he says. “I would say that rock and roll is born in America and invaded the world. And electronic music was born in Europe and invaded the world. So there is a true link between electronic music and Europe and it’s nice to create a link with the Grammy award and the academy.”