Jane Birkin in concert at the Salle Garnier


On 20 June 2012, Jane Birkin takes to the stage of the Salle Garnier opera house in Monte-Carlo to give a very special performance of her 2012 Serge Gainsbourg and Jane via Japan tour.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Serge Gainsbourg in March 2011, Jane Birkin was wondering how to give a new interpretation of his songs. «I had explored every avenue from Serge Gainsbourg pop to Arabesque, accompanied by a classical quartet, 14 or 6 musicians, a harp, a drum machine, violins – everything. » Devastated by the Fukushima disaster, she decided to offer the Japanese an almost improvised concert. They then offered her some of the best Japanese musicians – and it all came together! She decided to continue with this new tour dedicated to Gainsbourg.



It was because of the cinema that Jane Birkin came to France in 1966 to rehearse for a film opposite a certain Serge Gainsbourg. Thus began one of the world’s great love stories played out through French songs. Together they recorded provocative duets (Je t’aime moi non plus, 69 Année érotique) and Jane produced a number of solo albums (Di Doo Dah, Ex-fan des Sixties and Baby alone in Babylone), the public having been seduced by her breathy, slightly high-pitched voice with the irresistible English accent.

After Serge died in 1991, her fans had to wait seven years to hear Jane Birkin’s new hits in her album À la légère. In 2002, she brought Gainsbourg’s songs «at once Algerian, Andalusian, Jewish and Gypsy» into the Arabesque show which toured the world. In 2008, she wrote her first lyrics for the Enfants d’hiver album about her life and her commitments, particularly to the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, then a political prisoner in Burma.


Designed by Charles Garnier and opened in 1878, the Salle Garnier opera house in Monte-Carlo has hosted many of the great names in music and dance throughout its history. In addition to a busy opera calendar, this Baroque architectural gem is always open to other forms of musical expression. 


Jane Birkin, accompanied by Japanese musicians performing Serge Gainsbourg in the sumptuous decor of the Salle Garnier in Monte-Carlo, will be joined on stage by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho and Abd Al Malik: a magical evening is in store as only Monte-Carlo SBM knows how to put on! 




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