Jarre in Carthage: The Chronicle

Writing by zopa on Monday, 26 of August , 2013 at 11:54 am

A few days after Jarre’s concert held in the Tunisian capital, with memories and documents captured on it, reviewed and assimilated, our reporters accredited to the event, DAVID MUÑOZ and SERGIO VALLINAS we offer an extensive and rich chronicle relating their experience .

Through their journey, their photographs and memories we get a different view of all that has surrounded this last concert of JARRE, which has flown over until the last minute the threat of cancellation due to the turbulent social situation in Tunisia.

 JEANMICHELJARRE.ES want to thank both SERGIO and DAVID, representing; also SERGIO CALLEJA, CARLOS VIDAL and PEDRO GARCÍA for the excellent work done on behalf of the JMJ community.Thanks to their work we could enjoy near real-time images sent from the Roman Theatre of Carthage as the concert progressed and other important events.


It was late May when JUAN GOMIS-Fjarre webmaster-opened a post on the web forum, announcing the concert of Tunisia. Soon some of us we joined the idea: DAVID “PISCIS” MUNOZ, SERGIO “PAQUIDERMO” CALLEJA, CARLOS “ALOMEJO” VIDAL, JUAN GOMIS and SERGIO “KEYS” VALLINAS bought tickets on May 31, on the reservation numbers 750 … A inner voice told us that we were going to have a great time. Some days after this, we reserved the flights of Air Tunisia and the Carlton Hotel in Bourguiba Avenue in the Tunisian capital, the main artery of the city, as a Gran Vía in our country

VICTOR “ZZERO” MAQUEDA proposed that at least two members of the group could be credited with press passes, and this task fell to Juan Gomis and Sergio Vallinas. Victor on one side contacted via email with the International Festival of Carthage and Sergio with festival director. The manager responded by denying the possibility of a possible concert retransmission of JEAN MICHEL JARRE by any TV station, and Victor received another message with the address of the press department for applications for accreditation. Roughly two and a half months that remained for the concert were going with little news and comments on tickets, with or without bar code printing, etc…

In late June, JUAN tells us that it is impossible for him to go to the concert and have to forget the trip. At the same time agrees to appoint another correspondent and that honor falls to David, known for his positive disposition for all.

The month of July passed and final tickets are received with corresponding barcodes to be printed in order to access the site. We are one week from the concert in early August and passed the contacts and data for press accreditation. Now the countdown begins, preparing a good battery of questions, both for the conference and for a possible interview with JEAN MICHEL JARRE himself and a possible meeting with three musicians, FRANCIS RIMBERT, CLAUDE SAMARD and JEROME GUEGUEN. Something new and could be interesting and attractive.

Sunday August 11. Meeting the four travelers in Madrid. LAURA SANCHEZ-organizer of the XVI Rendez-Vous to be held this year in Madrid joins us for lunch. After which subway ride home to the airport, Terminal 1. There we met with the fifth member of this trip, from Murcia PEDRO “Belial” GARCIA. Boarding and take off with 40 minutes of delay on the estimated time. Good trip and lunch / dinner on the plane. Perfect Landing and police control.

We headed to the taxi parking and we arrenge the price in 30 dinars per car and headed to the hotel. As our idea was going to Carthage to be present at the rehearsals, we arranged a price with the same taxi to go there. We asked for another 30 dinars, and we were not able to go down that price. We check in at the hotel. We left our things and go with our taxi-which suffered a malfunction that delayed us-for Carthage.

 11 pm local time. We were in front the gates that give access to the site of the theater and is located behind the stage. We arrived at the final part of “Chronologie 2” and from there we could see and hear the rest of the rehearsal. Some lights located behind us gave color to the Tunisian night and the trees located behind the stage.

In the arena we had a contact with the JMJ community informing us of how things were going. Due to late arrival we couldn’t enter to the rehearsal. We chatted with the porters and got to go find a member of staff. Appears minutes later but says you can not do anything, that the rehearsal has begun

And the only ways to enter in the arena (the sides of the venue) are forbbiden to the public.

Francis Rimbert, Claude Samard and Jerome Gueguen leave the rehearsal. We see them out, looking tired, but friendly. Before boarding the old bus that will take then back to their hotel, Rimbert approaches us. Handshake and brief conversation. “You come to the concert tomorrow?” Francis asks us, and whe said “yes”, he answers “Me too.” JARRE remains rehearsing with the laser harp and some other things.

We’ve got back to the hotel in Tunis, and things did not look good. No taxis or any mode of transportation. We looked Allo Taxi internet phone, called and presented in fifteen minutes, one, two, three taxis. “Bonne nuit. Si vous plait, a l’Hotel Carlton dans la Avenue Bourguiba “. Of course, after closing at the usual price 30 dinars. Finally in bed. It was a matter of charging batteries for the next day, Monday, the day of the big concert …

 Before leaving home we contacted directly with JARRE personal assistant, to see if we had the opportunity to make an interview, and he admited the possibility of make a meeting but not the day of the show, but maybe the next day. We played with the advantage that our colleague David was last year covering the appointment of JEAN MICHEL JARRE as honorary member of the University Faculty of Arts at the University of Alcala de Henares. We give his mobile phone to the Jarre assistant but they never contacted us.

Then we headed to visit the medina of Tunis. During the meal Sergio receives call from the secretary of the press office of Carthage Festival. The phone had been provided by Víctor from Spain. As is the day of the concert and in the afternoon is impossible to collect that acreditations on the city, we were reported that about 19:30, when we reach the Festival site, we had to contact the press officer in orde to take the acreditations.

So did David and Sergio, and after waiting a while in the front door and another at the entrance to VIP and press, there appeared this woman and activated the card to enter the enclosure. The remaining partners had already agreed and sat in thecchairs area. David and Sergio are heading to the chair area also but they said the that for the press there is a place reserved in the top of the stalls. Dilemma: either press up without knowing how good could be the sight or down with the rest of the Spanish expedition. We go down but is not possible. They call the head of security staff and explain the issue. We got our tickets paid and they allowed the pass to us for the chair area.

We met with our colleagues and we are located on the center of the courtyard. More or less in line 8 or 10 centered on the stage. We can come to the edge of the stage. Three steps separate us from the “Haima” carpet where the sets of keyboards and synthesizers. Loads of photos and sending it to Victor, who quickly published on the cover of JEANMICHELJARRE.ES.

Time passes. Night falls on us and see how the screen is displayed on the stage. They begin to show a series of announcements in Arabic of the sponsors of the International Festival of Carthage. Then is when “Waiting For Cousteau” floats in the arena. Until then the only sound was that of those who were already in the theater. The patio at this point had 50% of the seats occupied, and a bit more people in the stands. The courtyard at the end was not completly filled, but the stands were packed. Close to 30,000 people vibrate with this concert.

A female voice announces tha over 22:15 show starts with a short biography of JARRE, his records, concerts, etc, commented in French and Arabic. At the end turn off all the lights, the theater reverberates with the roar from the crowd and see shadows on stage (Claude, Jerome and Francis take their places). The writer of this chronicle can not ignore that now is in ecstasy.

They sound the first notes of the intro and we know that something will happen look for the stands. Indeed, at the top are lit light cannons and target JEAN MICHEL and his team (Louis his assistant security chief, a bodyguard and some more). Kisses, hugs, yet somewhat chaotic, but steadily moving down towards the bottom. Cameras, video, ipod … Jarre finally reached the courtyard of the theater and walks down the center toward the stage where we were, David and Sergio, among others, have the honor to shake his hand. Reach stone center stage, lower arm motioning his musicians, and they largely complete intro.

Explosion of joy from the audience, some already with wet eyes. Greetings to the public, the festival, and especially the Tunisian people. Concert starts with “Oxygene 2”. Versions not as reliable as in Santiago de Compostela, but closer to that sounded in Monaco and the last part of the tour of 2011. The concert unfolds track by track, following the scheduled tracklist, the same posted by JEANMICHELJARRE.ES and that David received from the very PATRICK PELAMOURGUES, JARRE technical assistant. The conspicuous absence of security in the edge of the stage allowed the audience to dance at only wo feet from where the musicians played; David, Carlos, Sergio Calleja and later Pedro did the same. Sergio Vallinas held back, while documenting with videos and photos that were sent to Victor, who then uploading it on the cover of the website, the forum and the Facebook JEANMICHELJARRE.ES.

“Rendez Vous 3” laser harp with less than 5 meters is incredible Feel the music and spectacle in the front row, without bodyguards or security, and a great public behaving within the dance craze and wildness JARRE music will make this concert something unique and difficult to relive by the proximity to our musical idol. Anecdotally, note that for “Souvenir of China” on the rehearsals they projected on the screen the three known masks over red background. However, during the concert the screen showed only the background.

First encore after “Oxygene 4”, a few minutes to recover and then blast with “Chronologie 4”, followed by “Teo & Tea” and “Vintage”, danced intensely by the audience.

The peace comes with Calypso 3 (Fin de Siecle) and planting of fireflies in the audience: the stands teemed with lights and other mobile electronic devices. Powerful sound and brilliant. Emotions almost fired. Some wet eyes and some tears.

Farewell and departure from the scene. Many thought it was the end of the concert. With both red hands clapping, we gather around our chairs the five friends. Faces of surprise and satisfaction when we see them take the stage again. They run on the last encore and, surprise, “Rendez Vous IV”. Total Insanity. Sergio wields his video camera and tripod rises from the above eight feet, perfect vantage point for recording in all its splendor “Rendez Vous 4”. Shooting with the camera the heads of public and panoramics with lights and people dancing. At the end of the concert Jarre introduces his musicians and this is the end of the evening.

Notably JARRE in different speeches made a strong defense of Arab women would be held the next day the National Women’s Day Tunisian-like past, present and future of the country. Publicly denounced the situation of prisoners and calls for ideological freedom for the people. This words we wonder that would not much liked by the powerful people, close to Islamist movements, who prefer subtract rights especially for women. Neither politicians present at the concert, they were booed at the entrance.

The turned on the lights of the enclosure and the audience begins to leave the stands and yard chairs. The five of us were together with a few other fans near the stage, trading post first impressions concert. Pedro left shortly after the concert to the hotel because he left early back to Spain.

We went outside the stalls, and look forward to going to see Jarre and his entourage. Our contact told us that Jarre would leave the venue soon, because they had a cocktail at the hotel and had to go fast. Ahead of us were organized truck with three containers filled with fly cases to house the instruments and equipment, the material should be sent to the U.S., Belgium and France. They install a fence around a Mercedes escorted by a white landrover of the Police.

JEAN MICHEL makes an appearance, many kisses, handshakes, “oui-oui” and goodbye. He hastily put in the car and away from us. In the background is the same old bus that previous day for the rest of musicians, leaving the Spanish quartet there along with a small group of fans.

Shortly afterwards, seeing that there was nothing to be done, without JARRE and his musicians in place, we decided to hit the road and take the same task of returning to our hotel. About 2:30 am we arrived at our hotel.

The next day a last walk to the medina, last purchases, and at 13:00 we head to airport Boarding passes, police control, etc.We landed in Madrid about 7 pm after having eaten a courtesy kit Air frugal Tunisia.Kisses, hugs and goodbyes. Carlos and David are left in the capital and both Sergios heads to Valencia.

David and Sergio want to tell you that it has been an honor to send pictures and videos live and see them reflected on the cover almost in real time thanks to Victor. Some of us have commented that shipping meantime not fully enjoy the concert. But knowing that there were people enjoying a small part of our work, which makes us more proud to share with you all that our experience in our community. We all enjoyed our trip to Tunis and we felt secure all the time in the country despite the news.

Look out for the 2014 tour and Perth!

DAVID MUÑOZ and SERGIO VALLINAS, representing JEANMICHELJARRE.ES, wish to acknowledge the assistance and care provided by the Festival of Carthage, especially MOURAD SAKLI (Director of the festival), and JIHENE TURKI and KHAOULA BAYA (Press Department) and CYRINE GANNOUN (General Coordinator of Logistics).

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XV Rendez Vous Benicarló: A Total Success

Writing by zopa on Tuesday, 23 of October , 2012 at 1:33 pm

A total success. This is the conclusion drawn from the comments, impressions, photos and videos recapitulated after the celebration of the 15th  annual meetings of fans of Jean Michel Jarre organized by FAIRLIGHT JARRE: The Rendez-Vous.
This is the second Rendez held in Benicarlo, again organized by the Webmaster of FAIRLIGHT JARRE GOMIS JUAN, and had nearly fifty participants including members, musicians and organizers also attracted the public celebration of open-air concert in the Saturday night.
As in all Rendez-Vous held in previous years, the good food and the lively debates and discussions about electronic music were the focus of this meeting, as well as live music this time with the added attraction of being able to enjoy a concert ” outdoor ” with so nice weather. And that was the point of this meeting. A sign where the musical quality of the participants made the nearly three hours of live electronic music will be passed as a sigh.
He opened the concert DREAMING (Francisco Domenech), the Rendez veteran musician and renowned for its ability to recreate a perfect versions  of musicians like Kraftwerk, Azul y Negro and of course JARRE. Especially praised was the song “Moon Machine” and other DREAMING own compositions as a new preview of his work “Dreaming With Synthesis”.
We follow the Argentine XETHIS (Franco Palmetti) who had special collaborations QUIMGAGARIN (Quim Bertrán), in introducing and interpreting “Oxygene 10” with his Theremin, and JORGE Bonache guitarist of the group NO COMMENT incorporating a fantastic guitar solo on XETHIS’ music.
The third performance was that of NO COMMENT (José and Jorge Bonache) who diversified their sound between Jarrer electronics (with a cover of “Revolutions” shocking) and harmonic textures of progressive rock in addition to own pieces of the repertoire of NO COMMENT.
The closing concert and party, was played by the legendary electronic band of 70-80 years,  SPACE ART, rescued by one of its founding members, in addition to musical collaborator with Jean Michel Jarre, DOMINIQUE PERRIER. Accompanied by MICHEL VALY (bass), Alain Pype (electronic drums) and LILI LACOMBE (violin midi) PERRIER did flaunt his ease when running complex leads to their keyboards (including the legendary Arp Odyssey with whom he recorded several albums ). Those alone owes much fame as a musician live, and in the collective memory is JARRE fans who ran on “Magnetic Fields 2” concerts in China in 1981.
SPACE ART’s performance found their summits in the opening moments of “Stone Art”, with the warm sound of “Onyx” (first single from the album in 1976 sold over 2 million records ) and with the party that accompanied “Space Chicken”, with the musicians playing in the audience the sky colored by fireworks. This concert in Spain Benicarlo-exclusive-is part of a promotional tour that is taking them to several European countries.
The XV Rendez Vous  would officially concluded with community lunch held on Sunday at Hotel Rosi, during which attendees had the chance to chat with some members of SPACE ART  and be signed recently released the album “Space Art Tribute” published by the label CZEN PROD. and available for sale through his website.
Two weeks after this Rendez, memories and testimonials, photographs and videos of participants Benicarló soar this quote in one of the most successful meetings, with greater impact on the local media and regional, but especially by the index satisfaction awarded by the audience.

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London 10/10/10 Chronicle

Writing by zopa on Tuesday, 9 of November , 2010 at 1:55 pm

Fairlight Jarre, with the help of Ángel Aramburu, was present at the concert which featured Jean-Michel Jarre in London last October 10, 2010 (the already well-known 10/10/10 concert). Here we detail the chronicle of the concert:

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Chronicle of a Memorable Evening

Writing by zopa on Thursday, 5 of August , 2010 at 9:38 am

Once in Santiago de Compostela, and after a few anxious moments when, because of my proverbial dumbness, misplaced my boarding pass, my brother Punch, our beloved Maestro Raúl Gonzalo and I settled in our brand new hostel apartment Casa Felisa, later known as the “HomoFlat” and after calling Juan to tell him that there were already in Compostela, we were all in the Plaza del Obradoiro. There, like so many times, I felt the thrill of seeing my dear comrades, one of the most special encounters, I think it was mutual, was that of Juan and me: they are many things that he and I have lived, many emails, many projects, and, above all, a great desire to meet again in person was ours, an embrace of the most touching and exciting.
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Marseille Concert: Twitter Chronicle

Writing by zopa on Thursday, 18 of March , 2010 at 8:40 pm

Next saturday 20th March, Jean Michel Jarre will be performing in Marseille and Fairlight Jarre will be there, by courtesy of Aero Productions, with Juan Gomis and Miguel Ángel Esteban as representatives of the web. For this occasion, we have created a Twitter account to tell you, in real time, whatever happens in the concert.

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Amsterdam Concert: Review

Writing by zopa on Monday, 1 of June , 2009 at 8:30 am

Our friend Ecocharlie was so lucky to see the concert that Jean Michel Jarre performed in Amsterdam, in the Heineken Music Hall, last May 26. Here it is his review of the event:

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Manchester Concert: Review

Writing by zopa on Thursday, 28 of May , 2009 at 8:18 am

Our friend Divo went to the gig given by Jean Michel Jarre at the MEN Arena in Manchester last May 23. This is his review of the concert:

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Concert in London: Review

Writing by zopa on Wednesday, 27 of May , 2009 at 8:38 am

Our dear friend Sergio “Paqui Dermo” Calleja, went to the concert given by Jean Michel Jarre in the Wembley Arena, London, last May 22 as part of his current “In>Doors World Tour“. Here it is his great review of that gig:

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Oxygène Tour 2008: Valladolid

Writing by M. Angel Esteban on Saturday, 3 of May , 2008 at 12:42 pm

DAY 3. VALLADOLID: (Translation by Javier Moragón “Zopa”)

After the long last day, we wake up at 11:00 h. We decided to relax because after the Valladolid concert we will were travelling right to Valencia by car.
Dani and I went destination Pucela at 12:00 h. We stopped to have “breakfast”, yes to have “breakfast” at 13:00 at a gas station in the freeway.
At 14:30 we arrived to Valladolid. After few attempts to find a parking for the car, finally we succeeded it and went to Plaza Mayor, where they were waiting for us very hungry. There were Rubén Olmedo, Pacus 73 and Raúl Gonzalo. Once again, I had the same feelings that I had in the past days. What a great pleasure to meet at last Rubén Olmedo, one of the pioneers, and in charge of organization of the 3 first Rendez!!
We were very hungry, so we went to eat to a restaurant. It was difficult to find a restaurant, because it was a holyday in Valladolid and all the restaurants were full of people, but fortunately, we found a good place, with a great menu and it only cost 12 Euros!!

As soon we started to eat, Carlos Ávila (Aeronautic) called me by phone, a good friend who I met at the concert of Francis Rimbert in Suresnes last June, and told me that he was already at the Auditorium, waiting for the musicians. We changed opinions each other and we decided to see each other there after lunch.

In that moment, I called Francis again and he told me that he were already there and that I could go there when I want, because I’ve got my pass and I could do what I want (but not photos with flash).
So, after lunch, we went right to the Auditorium.


Once there, I met Carlos and a tiny group of fans (I’m sorry, I don’t remember their names), and we were chatting about previous concerts, about what we were waiting for this concert, etc, etc, etc.

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Oxygène Tour 2008: Madrid

Writing by M. Angel Esteban on Saturday, 3 of May , 2008 at 8:52 am

DAY 2: MADRID: (Translated by Javier Moragón “Zopa”)

The alarm clock rings. It’s 8:00 A.M. It was not a dream… What happened yesterday was for real!! It was so real, that I’ve got a T-shirt. And where is my program?? Oh, yes, Rimbert has it… Would he take it me back signed by Jarre?? Or would be he forgets it somewhere as he is such an absent minded person??

Well, after having a quick shower, and after having a big breakfast with Marta and Karel (we don’t know when we would have lunch), we took the baggage and we went very quickly right to the airport (thanks to Marta, she is a brilliant driver; we arrived there in less than 30 minutes).
Meanwhile we were waiting at the airport I enjoyed a very nice chat with Karel. We talked about personal issues, like family, work, etc, etc… Issues that now and then are nice to talk about to discover the human side of every person.

Karel having fun

After a long wait finally we took the flight to Madrid. Of course, we arrived with more than 30 minutes of delay, but it didn’t mind so much. We had plenty of time ahead.
Karel and I took different ways at the underground, because he was going to his Hotel in Gran Via and I was going to meet with another great friend and great person, Dani (Vignemale in the Forum). After leave my baggage in his home, we left there right to have lunch at Bar Al Norte, beside the Royal Palace… And finally we arrived there at 15:30 or so. There was waiting for us the great David (Piscis 13). It was a big pleasure to meet him in person and to share a great menu with him, Dani and Karel.

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