Jane Birkin, ex-wife of the late Serge Gainsbourg and mother of Charlotte is about to begin the North American leg of her 2011/12 world tour.
"Why do another tour, another concert?Birkin will hit Chicago's Portage Theater next Monday (12/5). Tickets are still available.
Well, when it was going to be conventional, I too wondered why I was singing Serge again, even if it was celebrating the 20 years after Serge's death, even if it was a very personal 40 years since "Melody Nelson" but what did I have to offer... I'd done it all before, Serge in pop, arabesque, classic quator, 14 musicians, 6 musicians, a harp, a squeeze box, violins... this year others have started, their "Serge" was a new point of view, their interpretations... so I started contemplating, putting it all off...
Then there was the Japanese disaster ... of unbelievable horror, earthquake, tsunami, and then the ghasly news of the nuclear horror, the like of which we had never witnessed... the images... the gigantic waves pounding down, the cars trying to escape, the people running, the dignified faces of poor parents looking for their children, the numbers of dead and missing mounting, the terrifying views, over and over, the great wave, the fuming nuclear centers...
What to do? I have known these people for forty years... "go there" I thought... tell them that back home folk are thinking of them, but get there, "and do what ?" What can I do? ...the only thing I can do... a concert...
So this is the immediate result of that concert, Sachiko had fixed up the best Japanese group of musicians in four days! "I'm coming to Tokyo" we were Friday, by Monday I was there...
When Gluzman asked if I wanted to do the concerts for Serge in America... I said "yes, BUT with these Japanese musicians.
I had found my reason...
Here we come... Serge Gainsbourg and Jane via Japan"
Head below for all 2011/12 tour dates..
JANE BIRKIN - 2011/12 TOUR DATES
29. United States, Seattle - Neptune Theatre
30. Canada, Vancouver - Vogue Theatre
02. United States, San Francisco - The Regency Ballroom
03. United States, Los Angeles - Luckman Fine Arts Complex
05. United States, Chicago - Portage Theater
07. Canada, Toronto - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
08. Canada, Montreal - Métropolis
09. United States, Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11. United States, New York - Town Hall Theatre
10. Spain, Barcelona - Palau de la Música
13. Israël, Tel Aviv - Reading 3
14. Israël, Tel Aviv - Reading 3
18. Turkey, Istanbul - Babylon
19. Turkey, Istanbul - Babylon
22. Hungary, Budapest - A38
24. Switzerland, Zurich - Kaufleuten
25. Switzerland, Lausanne - Les Docks
26. Luxembourg, Luxembourg - TBA
27. Belgium, Ghent - TBA
16. Sydney, Australia - City Recital Hall
17. Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Festival
18. Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Recital Centre
19. Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Powerhouse