Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is travelling to China this week as part of a cultural delegation accompanying

French President Emmanuel Macron, who starts an official state visit in Beijing on Wednesday.

The first Western musician to stage an official concert in China after the 1976 death of Mao Zedong in 198

Jarre's visit this week serves to underscore the cultural ties shared by the two nations.

Now 74, Jarre first gained fame in the late 1970s following his release of Oxygene

an innovative album that had a defining influence on the synthesiser-based music genre emerging at the time.

The maestro has since built a long career punctuated by large-scale performances around the world