Jean Michelle Jarre keynote announced for IMS 2013

March 21st, 2013 - 5:41 pm Posted in ims, ims2013 | Comments (0)

Jean Michel Jarre, one of the earliest pioneers of synthesised music, will be giving a keynote interview at this years International Music Summit here in Ibiza in May where he will discuss his career, past, present and future. He says:

“I was excited to discover the IMS event in Ibiza and particularly the values it holds for a genre of music which I’ve been involved in from the early beginnings. I continue to push the genre forward in many ways, and I see my Keynote Interview at IMS as a way to continue to communicate my passions to a wider and younger audience – who appear to be today’s trailblazers for this genre, all united in one location. “

Jarre, who laid the foundations of what eventually became dance music, having also established himself as the true master of the open-air extravaganza with incredible light shows at Tiananmen Square, the Pyramids as backdrops and the infamous Destination Docklands shows, has been collaborating with some of the hottest contemporary names in modern electronica, including his recent work on Parisian imprint InFiné.

IMS partner Ben Turner states: “A lot of work has gone into landing Jean Michel Jarre. But we are hugely excited to have his attendance. I interviewed him in 1993 for the Melody Maker when electronic DJs like Slam had remixed his work. So it’s been amazing talking to him again about speaking at IMS. He is a true pioneer and his understanding of today’s scene is quite surprising. His understanding of the challenges facing the business is second to none, and his vision for change is also impressive and inspiring.”

Nile Rodgers, who broke the news that he was working with Daft Punk at last years IMS, and is the global ambassador for the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), will also be returning to the IMS for a chat,

Turner states: “Nile set IMS alight last year but it felt like he didn’t get to finish his story. So welcome back – the man was an inspiration and so much has come from his involvement in IMS last year. He can come back every single year as far as IMS is concerned.”

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