This video, via Red Bull Music Academy, captures a discussion by Jean-Michel Jarre & Laurie Anderson at RBMA Paris.
The event was held in the immediate aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and Jarre and Anderson’s discussion was shaped by these events. They share their thoughts on the role of music and musicians in dealing with tragedy, the power of language, communicating with music and art and more.
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.