Jean-Christian Michel has created a unique and unclassifiable musical style. The architecture of its Sound Edifices is reminiscent of that of the Romanesque Abbeys, whose ideal of stripping gives it an Eternal Modernity. Jean-Christian Uses Today the Resources of New Technology, To Give Even Greater Part to Emotion and to Dreams… Tender and Manly, Both Classical and Contemporary, His Music Opens the Doors to a Unknown Universe.
Great precursor of the bringing together of jazz and classical music, Jean-Christian Michel, French clarinetist and composer, invented a extremely modern music, unique in the world : His concept combines the pulsation and expressiveness of jazz with the golden rules of classical music with its rich and colored harmonies. But Jean-Christian Michel is above all "a soul", a music from far away, which makes resonate in the intimate the echo of the infinite.
His "Space jazz" achieves the perfect balance between the traditional universe of cathedrals sacred music and a futuristic vision where rhythm of bewitching sounds and swing remain essential. The colors, the combinations of timbres, bring to the musical alchemy a multidimensional sound palette with multiple echoes : the inimitable, clear and dazzling sound of his clarinet, backed by the mysterious volumes of the liturgical organ, is now draped in limpid transparencies that can only be created with synthesizers.
The concert of Jean-Christian Michel, presents authentic concert performers, "tightened" in small formation in an extraordinary coherence. It is not without reason that these concerts fill churches and the largest cathedrals : Jean-Christian MICHEL knows how to establish a climate that touches your heart and never lets you go : Emotion is always there.
The first to open cathedrals to concerts other than religious, famous for his remarkable transcriptions of J.-S. BACH and his famous arrangement of the Aranjuez Concerto, Jean-Christian MICHEL sold millions of albums rewarded with three diamond discs and ten gold and platinum records.
Pursuing his impressive destiny in the world today Jean-Christian Michel today pursues a global career with thousands of concerts to his
credit. Jean-Christian MICHEL knows how to share his happiness as a musician, communicating an emotion in the image of the stars that he seems to have never left.
"Jean-Christian Michel's music escapes all definition: we listen to it, and we imbibe it. It is magic, sound light. It speaks of Origin and Infinity. 'Alpha and the Omega ".
LP DISCs - Discover the complete official catalogue of Jean-Christian
MICHEL's CD, discs, LP and albums. See his 3 diamond discs,
7 platinum discs and 10 golden discs ! A new CD : "Jean-Christian
MICHEL plays jazz"
PORT MARIA's CONCERTO
PORT MARIA. Immerse yourself
in the tender fascinating poetry which Jean-Christian MICHEL wrote
to illustrate his Port-Maria's Concerto, one of his major works.
SCORES / Access the scores of Jean-Christian MICHEL's works, his luxurious songbook, his transcriptions
of J.-S. BACH's chorals and fugues, or the songbook of his arrangement
of Aranjuez's concerto.
PRESS REWIEWS - Find out what the Press
thinks about Jean-Christian MICHEL : his point of view on his
music, his transcriptions and arrangements, his concerts, discs
Feature articles or reports from the important magazines. Extracts
from french and international newspapers will help you to build
your own opinion... See the half page article which recently appeared
in the "Midi Libre" : "The
clarinet at the summit";
the latest and very laudatory rewiew of the Carcassonne concert,
the Montpellier and Lyon concerts etc.
Do not leave the site without listening
to, in MP3 or RealAudio, the music and the unforgettable sound
of Jean-Christian MICHEL's clarinet.
LINKS / From the Links page visit the sites
of Jean-Christian MICHEL's friends and use the qualitative directories
which selected him.
VIDEO-CLIPS - Watch an Extract of the Jean-Christian
MICHEL's video "SPATIAL JAZZ & SACRED MUSIC
CROSSOVER" on this page.
in jazz : these original pages show the contibution of Johann
Sebastian BACH, genius of classical music, to modern music. Today,
jazz musicians transcribe BACH into Jazz. JAZZ BACH, PLAY BACH,
CLASSICAL JAZZ... Listen to the new CD of Jean-Christian MICHEL
: "J. -S. BACH TRANSCRIPTIONS"
Understand the importance of the instrumentation in the Jean-Christian MICHEL's futuristic music : A new concept
of ultramodern orchestration and a new clarinet sound which allows
a small group to sound like a philharmonic orchestra, with spontaneity
and expressiveness - CLARINET : the
development of the instrument and everything about it. ( Please,
see further up the page ).
ORGAN, PIPE ORGAN, CHURCH ORGAN (baroque, classic and romantic). BACH
at the organ. Penetrate the secret of the church organ's mysterious
your technical knowledge, or introduce yourself to :
STUDIO AND RECORDING
STUDIO / Get a precise idea about the function of : desk,
recording level gauge, amplifiers, monitors, dynamic and electrostatic
microphones, tape recorders, multitracking, peripherals
delays, reverberations, graphic and parametric equalizers etc. Learn also a lot of other things, including explanations of DAT, CAM ...
PRODUCTION OF A CD : Follow the stages
of the creation of a CD (or Compact disc), and take advantage
of learning some simple, but important rules on recording, mixing,
Computer Assisted Music (CAM). What is Computer Assisted Music music ? MIDI sequencers and software packages, sound treatment and recording
software packages... Does the computer dehumanize music ? Will
the computer, one day, be able to replace the musician ?
audio, MP3 PRO : do not stay in the dark about the principle of Streaming
how to download RealOne Player free and what MP3 PRO is...
♔ THE "FLASH-BACK" PAGES
Flash-back pages allow you to find the detail of selected events
which marked the career and the life of Jean-Christian MICHEL.
AWAKENING TO MUSIC / The Music's
appeal : You will learn the moving awakening of J-Christian MICHEL's
vocation, the what and how of his musical initiation.
CHURCH CONCERT IN PARIS
THE CHURCH CONCERT IN St ROCH AT PARIS / The birth of the sociological phenomenon : Relive the major
events of the extraordinary concert given in Paris by the clarinettist,
with his organist Monique THUS and his famous drummer Kenny CLARKE.
HIMALAYAS : Visit the kingdom of
Nepal with Jean-Christian MICHEL. Land in Lhasa, sacred city today
occupied by China, in the heart of the secret Tibet.
Leave on expedition to the Himalayas with the clarinettist, to
the conquest of Taboche, virgin summit almost 7.000 metres above
sea level. Learn how YANNICK SEIGNEUR, the legendary conquerer
of the West pillar of Makalu, chose him as the party's doctor.
Come close to the world of the "Extreme", that of the
himalayan rock and ice climbers.