MATRIXSYNTH: Jean-Michel Jarre at The Paramount Theatre Seattle

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jean-Michel Jarre at The Paramount Theatre Seattle

Jean-Michel Jarre at The Paramount Theatre

Above you'll find a photo stream of some pics I took at the Jean-Michel Jarre concert last night at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle (mouse over the image and use the controls on the left and right to flip through). Apologies for the quality of the pics as I only had my iPhone at the show. I was there to enjoy it, not to document it. That said, I of course couldn't help but take some pics and video. I still need to review the videos, so they may come in follow-up posts if they do JMJ's fantastic performance justice - see this post for a couple of videos from the San Jose concert for now - there are others on YouTube as well. I will say the concert was an absolutely incredible experience. If you ever get a chance to see Jean-Michel Jarre perform live DO NOT miss him. P.S. There are still two dates left for the tour in Southern California, Coachella tonight in Indio, and the Spreckels Theater in San Diego. Seriously, if you can make either, just go. The majority of the light show was all lasers and LED panels that moved across the entire stage. The effect was 3-dimensional. Jean-Michel frequently spoke to the audience and gave insight and background to many of the classic and new tracks they performed. I was fortunate enough to have Stephane Gervais, who performs with JMJ, invite me to the show. I was able to meet one of my personal heroes, an incredible influence on my life, early years, and now as an adult. I literally have Jean-Michel Jarre to thank for getting me into synths. It either was that or drums! :) Drums were not an option where I lived and I loved listening to Rendez-Vous when I was just 16. I ended up purchasing an Oberheim Matrix-6, brand new, and the rest his history. Thank you to Stephane and Jean-Michel for being such incredible people. Your music makes the world so much better.

P.P.S. Some synth spotting included Roland gear, an EMS SYNTHI, MacBeth Elements, ARP 2600 MKIII Orange and Black, and a GRP system.

Update: videos added below. These were taken with the iPhone so not the best; per above I was there to enjoy the show not capture it. I zoomed in while filming so the set in person was about 4x larger that what it looks like in these videos. I did see it all in person. The ceiling you see above is actually the underside of the second floor balcony seating. It was truly amazing to see, and it sounded pristine. The iPhone just isn't capable of capturing it unfortunately. Regardless, these videos should give you a sense of what it was like to be there.

Jean Michel-Jarre Équinoxe 4 Live at Paramount Theatre Seattle 2018
Jean Michel-Jarre The Time Machine w/ Laser Harp Live at Paramount Theatre Seattle 2018 (stable after :30)
Jean Michel-Jarre Stardust Live at Paramount Theatre Seattle 2018
Jean Michel-Jarre Oxygene 17 Live at Paramount Theatre Seattle 2018
Jean Michel-Jarre Brick England Live at Paramount Theatre Seattle 2018
Jean Michel-Jarre Fourth Rendez-Vous Live at Paramount Theatre Seattle 2018

You can find the setlist for the show here.

Also see:
Jean Michel-Jarre - Oxygene Pt. 8 Live in San Jose
Roland Keyboard Rigs - On-stage with Stephane Gervais (Jean-Michel Jarre)
Roland Keyboard Rigs Jean Michel Jarre


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and these videos! I didn't know you were there too. Wow in "Stardust" it's so interesting seeing myself from the back of my head, I was dancing my heart out! :D Definitely a moment of a lifetime being at this JMJ concert.

    1. You are welcome Torley! Glad to see your are still around! :)


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