Jean-Michel Jarre, a foundational and highly influential music composer, was elected president of CISAC (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Auteurs et Compositeurs, or International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies) in June, 2013. As president, Jarre presides over the world's largest collective rights organization, which was founded in France in 1926. Following the tragic circumstances in Paris last Friday night (Nov. 13), Jarre and CISAC have issued the following response to the attacks.
Once again France has been the target of terrorist attacks that have hurt innocent civilians who were simply taking part in a concert, listening to music, watching a football game, or simply enjoying themselves at the terrace of restaurants.
A huge toll was paid by concert goers at the Bataclan. We are deeply affected by this attack that touches us in the deep of our souls. Music is the greatest link between people. Music knows no boundaries, no race, no religion. But, obviously, that was not the way those who enacted those horrible crimes viewed it.