Pioneering French musician Jean-Michel Jarre is performing live on a virtual stage in social VR platform VRChat this weekend.

Jarre, who helped define the electronic music genre starting in the mid-70s, will premiere his so-called ‘Alone Together’ concert on June 21st at 9:15 PM CET (local time here).

The live performance is slated to last 40 minutes and take place in a virtual environment built by VRrOOm, hosted in VRChat. The concert will be accessible to users with SteamVR headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Valve Index.

Additionally, the night will also see what organizers are calling a “silent broadcast” of the virtual concert in the courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris, France. Students from schools of the performing arts will be able to listen to audio via smartphone-tethered headphones and watch the concert live on a big screen. Jarre will be hosting a chat session with students afterwards.

“Having performed concerts in extraordinary venues, virtual reality will now allow me to play in unimaginable spaces while remaining on a physical stage” says Jarre. “Virtual or augmented realities can be to the performing arts what the advent of cinema was to the theatre, an additional mode of expression made possible by new technologies at a given time.”

The 71-year-old Jean-Michel Jarre is best known for his genre-defining 1976 album Oxygene, which sold over 1.7 million albums in France alone. In contrast to other VR concerts lately, Jarre will be performing and mixing live. Check out a quick taster of Jarre’s music below.

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  • Thanks for the article, Scott! I’m very happy to be part of this project!

  • Rosko

    Well i don’t use vr chat but might venture in for this.

  • Stian

    He has done some VR-related stuff before, just check out the music video for Oxygene Pt. 17:

  • Madeleine Adele Thomas

    People seem to forget he did the same thing in Wave VR coming up on 2 years ago. You can still go see the art Sutu did for it on Google Poly. It was amazing to speak with him after being a fan for so long.

    Also, we have been doing VR concerts and festivals, with live mixing every weekend for years. Come say hi some time ^.^

    • Good to know that you as well are doing VR concerts! Jarre already did it in Wave, but yesterday did it again with us on VRChat and it was a blast in the VIP room!

      • Madeleine Adele Thomas

        Yeah I was there. 10 instances, and if you weren’t in the first you saw nothing. VRChat borked that big time. That’s why having the performer duplicated in every instance is critical.

  • arczi79

    3:15am in Australia :(

  • gothicvillas

    8pm in UK, YES !!