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New Amsterdam Presents

Jane Birkin Plays the Songs of Serge Gainsbourg

Jane birkin serge 3Jane Birkin - lover and muse to Serge Gainsbourg and mother to Charlotte - will be making a rare NYC appearance this Sunday at Town Hall, performing Gainsbourg's songs. Originally organized as a one-time benefit for the tsunami victims in Japan, Birkin describes why she decided to take the show on the road:

"I wondered why I was singing Serge again, even if it was celebrating the 20 years after Serge's death, but what did I have to offer...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...

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...

When asked if I wanted to do the concerts for Serge in America... I said "yes, BUT with these Japanese musicians.

Here we come... Serge Gainsbourg and Jane via Japan."

Tickets available at the Town Hall box office or online.