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French godfather of electronic music to play at Masada

Jean-Michel Jarre will play his first Israel concert in April, raising awareness about the Dead Sea

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

It’s been one year since the godfather of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre, first visited Israel and partied in Jerusalem. Now he’s set April 6 as the date for his first concert in the country.

The 67-year-old French performer is best known for his groundbreaking, electronic music live shows featuring fireworks, his famed laser harp, and videos projected on the sides of buildings.

This time he will be performing outdoors at the foot of Masada, where other performers and the Israeli Opera have staged concerts and shows.

As a UNESCO goodwill ambassador of ecology and the environment, Jarre said the concert will be held to raise awareness of the dire straits of the nearby Dead Sea.

Jarre has set four Guiness World Book records for staging the world’s largest concerts at historical landmarks. He has hosted a total of millions at his various outdoor performances — in China, where he was the first-ever Western performer; at the pyramids in Egypt; and on a series of barges on London’s Thames River.

From a Jean-Michel Jarre concert (Courtesy Jean Michel Jarre Facebook page)
From a Jean-Michel Jarre concert (Courtesy Jean Michel Jarre Facebook page)

His plans are grand for the Masada show, and his international team has been working with a local, Israeli crew to find the right spot for building the 3,280-square-foot stage that will have a futuristic ambiance, with the appearance of a landing strip and hub, and with separate stages for seating and dancing.

Jarre isn’t the only international artist who has expressed interest in performing in the hilly expanses of Israel’s desert region.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin was in Israel in November and went south to the Negev, where he reportedly looked for sites for the Global Citizen Festival, of which he is the artistic director. However, when Channel 2 recently reported a date for the Coldplay concert, the band denied any plans.

Jarre, however, is all set for April 6.

Tickets for Jean-Michel Jarre’s one-night performance on April 6 will range from NIS 490 to NIS 3,000 and there are hotel packages and more information available at the Jean-Michel Jarre in Israel website. Call *2207 to order tickets.

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