Jane Birkin

BIRKIN / Gainsbourg – THE symphonic – New album AVAILABLE

“Birkin / Gainsbourg – The symphonic”

Artistic direction Philippe Lerichomme
Arrangements Nobuyuki Nakajima

“One thing amongst other things that you don’t know, you had the very best of me.”

… Serge’s words and so true, which explains 30 years of me singing Gainsbourg on stage, I could never have done this without the help of Philippe Lerichomme, who knew Serge every bit as much as I did, his tastes his loves his frailties, what he would have liked what he would have disliked, and then, as my director for the stage, what to sing, for 25 years, trying each time, to make the concert fresh with the same material…

Then one has “luck”, as I flew towards Tokyo to be with the Japanese, after the tsunami Fukushima, I had suggested a mini concert, so I could give back what they, as an audience for… 40 years, had given me… I got to the hotel, the concert hall, the emotion was palpable, and there, on a little stage I sang with a pianist,  the most beautiful arrangements, so delicate and moving, and I was told his name… Nobu, a composer in his own right… When I got back to Paris I tried to rase money for the homeless, in Japan… and I was reminded by my manager Olivier Gluzman, that I had promised to do 3, 5 concerts in the USA… How? what… and I thought of Nobu and away we went, with Serges’ songs and his arrangements, for 2 years with the concert Via Japan!

I had said to someone, that Serge used classical music so often, how lovely it would be with a symphony orchestra, and suddenly, it was upon me: Francofolies of Montreal proposed me to launch their 2016 edition by two concerts with the symphonic orchestra of Montreal. What to do, Philippe Lerichomme would find great ideas, with whom, Nobu… I have just listened to his arrangements, some beauty of a strange kind, tangels of Mendelshon… of jazz, with great fun and charm…

I rubbed Serge and Philippe Lerichomme and Nobu together… and we have Gainsbourg Symphonic!

Jane Birkin

“Gainsbourg, poète majeur” – Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli and Hervé Pierre

We remember Serge Gainsbourg saying: “I practise a minor art intended for minor people”Pure provocation! In reality, his masters were Huysmans, Picabia, Rimbaudwhom he mentioned wanting “to get closer to…”.

Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli and Hervé Pierre attest to this in their inspired reading of the sixty texts chosen from the entire body of work of Gainsbourg,major poet.

Philippe Lerichomme / Artistic Director


21/09/2018 – LE HAVRE (76) – Festival Ouest Park
26/09/2018 – TEL AVIV (IL) – Francofolies de Tel Aviv
03/10/2018 – NOISY LE GRAND (93) – Espace Michel Simon
09/10/2018 – NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (92) – Théâtre des Sablons
13/10/2018 – ZARAGOZA (ES) – Fiesta del Pilar
20/10/2018 – THIONVILLE (57) – Théâtre de Thionville
24/10/2018 – CALAIS (62) – Le Grand Théâtre
27/10/2018 – PONTEVEDRA (ES) – Paza de la Cultura
02/11/2018 – MOSCOU (RU) – Moscow International House of Music
05/11/2018 – KIEV (RU) – October Palace
25/11/2018 – NEUCHATEL (CH) – Le Théâtre
28/11/2018 – ANDORRE (AD) – Ambassade de France
30/11/2018 – SAINT-QUENTIN (02) – La Manufacture
01/12/2018 – YERRES (91) – Théâtre de Yerres
09/12/2018 – ARGENTAN (61) – Quai des Arts
17 & 18/12/2018 – PARIS (75) – Le Comedia
24/01/2019 – RUEIL-MALMAISON (92) – Théâtre André Malraux
26/01/2019 – MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX (78) – La Ferme du Manet
30/01/2019 – CHAMBERY (73) – Espace Malraux
03/02/2019 – VAL-DE-REUIL (27) – Théâtre de l’Arsenal
10/02/2019 – ENGHIEN-LES-BAINS (95) – Théâtre Casino
16/02/2019 – CANNES (06) – Palais des Festivals
08/03/2019 – BOURG-EN-BRESSE (01) – Le Théâtre
12/03/2019 – BEZIERS (34) – Théâtre
13/03/2019 – PERPIGNAN (66) – Théâtre de l’Archipel
14/03/2019 – SETE (34) – Théâtre Molière
23/03/2019 – MULHOUSE (68) – La Filature Scène Nationale
05/04/2019 – LE PLESSIS ROBINSON (92) –


Olivier Gluzman


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