Pascal Parisot / Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande sings George Brassens
Show DescriptionPascal Parisot is Paris-based French artist whose original music mixes classic French Chanson, Latin beats and Brazilian harmony. He first scored a minor hit on French Radio in 2000 with Ca Alors! off of his first album Rumba. The witty, yet literate lyrics positioned him as a direct heir to Serge Gainsbourg, but his DIY sound, heavy on 60's keyboards, vintage drum machines and cha cha beats, was pure Parisot. His two following albums, while not big commercial successes, established him as an cult singer, songwriter and producer who collaborated with such talent as Julie Delpy and Thierry Stremler. One of his latest projects, Radiomatic, takes on obscure Yéyé classics re-arranged with Parisot's signature sound and the added lead vocals of Fredda, whose ethereal harmonies have graced most Parisot's music. His other current project, Les Pieds Dans Le Plat, which is geared towards children, has become hugely popular in France.
This will be Pascal Parisot's first US appearance. He will be joined by Fredda and some special guests and their repertoire will be drawn from all of Pascal's albums.
From the 1950’s through the late 70’s, George Brassens redefined French Chanson. He was an anarchist bard whose songs were sometimes raunchy, sometimes polemic, often poignant, and always steeped in classic French poetry. His songs, unlike those of his friend Jacque Brel, never became known outside of France, mostly because of the language barrier.
Franco-American singer and composer Pierre de Gaillande has taken on the impossible task of translating Brassens' songbook, to astonishing results. He has stuck to the rhyming scheme and verse length of the original songs, thus matching the melodies perfectly. He has re-arranged the music with a cinematic sensibility, using a combination of guitars, clarinets, lapsteel and Charango.The best way to describe the record would be to compare it to the perfect movie adaptation of a book classic. Think Stanley Kubrick or Raoul Ruiz.