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Iconic chanteuse and actress Jane Birkin appears at the Barbican for one night only to perform repertoire created for her by her late partner Serge Gainsbourg. In Arabesque, Gainsbourg’s classic songs are reinterpreted by Birkin with an Arabic music flavour, combined with shades of Andalusia and a touch of the Orient.
Marking the tenth anniversary of the album release on EMI and her sold-out Barbican performance in 2003, Jane Birkin’s Arabesque remains one of the bravest and most successful reinventions of the legendary French singer-songwriter’s oeuvre.
Jane is joined on this journey into Maghreb rhythms and Eastern harmonies by Djamel Benyelles, virtuoso violinist and collaborator with Chebs Khaled and Mami, and his band Djam & Fam. Explaining her desire to continue to reinvent Gainsbourg’s work, Jane says, ‘The poets do not die if one carries their words.’
Produced by the Barbican in association with Como No