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CONCERT IN PARIS AT THE CHURCH SAINT ROCH
JEAN-CHRISTIAN MICHEL

Jean-Christian Michel at St Roch church in Paris

JEAN-CHRISTIAN MICHEL's CONCERTS ARE CROWDED !


THE PHENOMENON OF JEAN-CHRISTIAN MICHEL

THE CONCERTS AT St VICTOR IN MARSEILLE, St LOUIS IN GRENOBLE,
St PIERRE DE CHAILLOT, THEN St ROCH IN PARIS ARE FULL HOUSES !

REVOLUTION IN CHURCH CONCERTS

Jean-Christian MICHEL has just ended his studies of medicine and surgery. But the passion for Music holds him and the clarinettist records his first three albums "Requiem", "Aranjuez" and "Sacred Music".

His own compositions, his arrangement of Aranjuez's concerto and his transcriptions of Johann-Sebastian BACH's works to the clarinet immediately enjoy a brilliant success. A real craze grows which is quickly reflected in the sales of his discs and his concerts of "Jazz and sacred Music" - given, at the time, exclusively in churches :

In Marseille St Victor's abbey is a full house. So much so thata second concert must be organized some days later... practically without any publicity !

Two month later, Jean-Christian MICHEL triumphs in a concert at the church of St Louis in Grenoble, during the Winter Olympic Games ( the famous Killy year ! ) - where the press awards him a gold medal !

Then it is the very first concert in Paris in the church of St Pierre de Chaillot . It becomes necessary to accept the evidence that on every occasion the same thing happens : Jean-Christian MICHEL always achieves a "full church". The crowds are there, en masse, in an indescribable bustle in the packed sanctuary. Then an intense flow of clarinet shakes the ancestral vaults of the sacred place and plunges the audience into a deep reverence.

The audience is not that which is normally enjoyed by the church, but a multitude of teenagers, students and people of any ages, any circles...

This youth which launches in the street, its rebellious message and its appeal to life, invades churches once night has fallen to listen to the mysterious clarinettist. Beyond claims and refusals of accepted and compulsory values, a spiritual quest is outlined...

A real sociological phenomenon very quickly comes into being : The press entitles it : "The clarinet of cathedrals" , "Jean-Christian MICHEL in the top three places the best disc sales" and also, "Revolution in Sacred Music" and even, as in Amsterdam: "God in the Charts" ! The young clarinettist has just propelled Sacred music to the front page of current events !

It is henceforth the advent of a situation which is going to mark generations. In spite of debates of a rearguard of traditional "musicophiles", millions of people discover and admire this new sacred music, with the feeling of participating in a real revolution.

In November of the same year, Jean-Christian MICHEL gives a church concert at Saint Roch in Paris. Kenny CLARKE, the brilliant drummer of MODERN JAZZ QUARTET, joins the group.The basilica is literally taken by assault.

Two hours before the concert it is almost impossible to park a car within a kilometre radius. A crowd, estimated at more than fifteen thousand, of whom a third will stay outside, waits in the icy cold which could allow them access to the sacred place.

JEAN-CHRISTIAN MICHEL'S CONCERT WITH THE DRUMMER KENNY CLARKE IN CHURCH ST ROCH STRENGTHED THE SOCIAL PHENOMENON

Jean-Christian Michel  performing at St Roch church in Paris

Jean-Christian MICHEL's church concert

Very quickly, the police contingent is overwhelmed.

In a confusion of moved seats, everyone looks desperately for a place, others hang onto railings or statues, still more climb into the organs or heap themselves on the ground.

When Jean-Christian MICHEL begins to play, the sanctuary finds itself almost supernaturally silent as the preliminary excitement appears definitively to have been banished. One could almost hear a fly, the audience is holding its breath ...

Clarinet and organ interlace in a message of revolt and rediscovered peace.

   

Meditative youth at Jean-Christian Michel church concerts

A meditative youth at the clarinettist
Jean-Christian MICHEL's church concerts.

With head between hands and eyes closed, the audience listens in an attitude of meditation to the Music of this man of whom they see only a shadow thrown onto the stained glass from the gallery. Because there is nothing to see - no spectacle - only silence and meditation. A young and living music has just hatched, a new type of spectacle has been born

The media then becomes aware of the phenomenon. Seduced, they seize and echo him in the confusion of their presses and screens.

For four years, Jean-Christian MICHEL will pulverize the records of LP sales with an run which will even overtake, for a while, that of The Beatles, and will bring crowds of more than 50,000 people.

Jean-Christian Michel's press review

Kenny CLARKE records with Jean-Christian Michel

Kenny CLARKE, american drummer

Jean-Christian Michel performs with the drummer Kenny Clarke in a church

Kenny CLARKE recording with
Jean-Christian Michel


 Jean-Christian Michel concert at church St Roch Paris

Jean-Christian Michel's
Concert at the church St Roch

Crowd at the church St Roch in Paris

Crowd at the church
St Roch in Paris

3 diamond discs, 7 platinum discs and 10 golden discs and more than 5,000,000 million albums sold will affirm "Phenomenon" Jean-Christian MICHEL.

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