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Jean Michel Jarre is currently one of the most prominent figure in contemporary culture, an artist who is the pioneer of electronic music and the greatest popularizer of this type of music. His first album that was a massive success was “Oxygène” from 1976 which was bought by over 18 million people. The albums: “Oxygène” “, ”Equinoxe”, ”Magnetic Fileds”, ”Zoolook”, ”Rendez- Vous” or “Waiting For Cousteau” became the huge success and their 80 million CDs were sold in the whole world.
Jean Michel Jarre’s concerts are very popular and the artist has broken the Guiness’ record several times because of the high number of audience. In 2005 the artist gave a remarkable concert “The freedom space” in the ‘Stocznia Gdanska’ to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ‘Solidarnosc’.
His unbelievable performances create the marriage of the analog synthesizer, the big projector high definition screens and exciting laser and lights art direction and they are made by the newest digital technology. Jarre has changed the definition of concert creating spectacular, sound and music landscapes. During his concert the audience can feel the magic of the master.
The artist is going to present the most important songs from his albums and will do it by using original analog synthesizer and the legendary laser harp.
Time: 14th November 2010, 8 p.m.
Place: Centennial Hall
The uniqueness of the ‘Jazztopad’ does not only consist in the great musicians but also the special projects for this festival prepared by invited guests. This year the saxophonist John Surman will compose especially for the festival a song for chamber orchestra and jazz trio.
For the last three years the organizers of the festival tried to support and promote young jazzmen. This year edition programme will be the second edition of ‘Laboratory JazzPlaysEurope’ project and the concert that will present the new album of a pianist and compositor Nikola Kołodziejczyk – suite for big band and “lively” electronic.
The final concert will be the continuation of the idea of presenting the greatest jazz quartet in the world. Last year one could listen to the Wayn Shorter’s band. It was one of the most important events in Wroclaw. This year we will have a chance to admire Charles Lloyd with his famous quartet, composed of stars.
The time of festival: 5th-27th November
Place: Wroclaw Philharmonic
I would like to introduce you the new author of Enjoy Wroclaw’s blog. I’m going to present more opinions about Wroclaw in foreign eyes. Claire will describe Wroclaw from her perspective. What do you think about the new category? Feel free to share your opinions.
As a foreigner living in Wroclaw, how do I see my adopted home? And, after a whole year of living here, does it still seem special to me? Do I still get that sense of living far away from home every time I step outside the front door? My one and only answer to that question is yes. There is one aspect of Wroclaw which differs greatly from my homeland, and that it the architecture. Coming from a tiny island dotted with fisherman’s cottages and the ubiquitous British semi-detached houses, arriving in Wrocław was certainly a shock to the system. By shock I am not implying anything negative. In fact, I was completely taken aback by the beauty of the Rynek with its brightly coloured kamienice, the wide-open space and the hum of activity all around. We simply do not have this kind of square in the UK and it still fills me with happiness every time I go there. As a foreigner, I still look at everything, and to an extent watch everyone. I have found during my time here that the Rynek is an excellent place to go for relaxing coffee or beer and watch the world go by.
Other parts of the city which managed to retain some of their original architecture also fascinate me. I am particularly fond of parts of the city centre such as the area behind Pasaż Grunwaldski and parts of Traugutta. Many natives of Wroclaw tell me that these areas are dangerous but for me they signify lively and up and coming neighbourhoods, no longer only filled with older members of society. Now I notice a huge variety of independent food shops, florists and clothes shops lining the streets. This adds to the slightly boho atmosphere in these parts and is a refreshing change from the mass of chain shops visible in every medium to large British city. As I walk home in the dark by myself on a chilly October evening I have the overwhelming sense that I am safe. After all, I can’t even imagine taking such a risk in other cities I’ve lived in such as Birmingham. For me, Wroclaw has all the attributes of a large city without the negativities that usually come with it. I’m sure that many fellow foreigners, or those who have lived abroad will agree with me.