The 100th Anniversary (1952​-​2052)

by Jean-Jacques Birgé

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This album commemorates the centenary of Jean-Jacques Birgé, a multi-disciplinary 
artist whose musical work marked his time.

In 2018 he turns to his past by composing one piece per 
decade, reflecting both his career and the times he went trough. As a tribute to his father who loved science fiction, he also imagines the decades to come, composing three 
anticipation pieces. This vectorial evocation resembles a shadow theatre whose appearances merge with reality. To conclude the album, the composer Sacha Gattino wrote a Tombeau in honor of his friend.

For the sake of authenticity, Jean-Jacques Birgé mixes 
archives, the oldest of which dates from 1958, and 
recordings made with many musicians among his friends: singers Pascale Labbé, Birgitte Lyregaard, his daughter Elsa Birgé, his comrade of Un Drame Musical Instantané Bernard Vitet on the trumpet, trombonist Yves Robert, horn player Nicolas Chedmail, composer Antonin-Tri Hoang on bass 
clarinet, guitarists Hervé Legeay and Philippe Deschepper, cellist Didier Petit, Vincent Segal exceptionally on bass, drummers Cyril Atef and Éric Échampard, accordionist 
Michèle Buirette, sound designer Amandine Casadamont and Sacha Gattino mixing sampler, organ music box and whistle.

 The opera spans ten decades throughout which we can hear Jean-Jacques Birgé on the synthesizer, his major instrument which he has been one of the first to use in France since 1973, but also Theremin, Tenori-on, Mascarade Machine, trumpet, flute, inanga and jew's harp, his favorite. His voice is also present, from childhood to adulthood, including three passages he sings.

Étienne Mineur has designed the magnificent cover with a 
52-pages booklet.

Listen to Jean-Jacques Birgé on Radio Drame. 150 hours of unissued music, free to listen or download, randomly on the homepage, or 1000 pieces among 80 thematic albums, without forgetting still available LPs and CDs

Most of the lyrics are in French (some in English), but on Bandcamp it's the English translation


released July 9, 2018

Words by Jean-Jacques Birgé
Recordings from 1958 to 2018
Mixed by Jean-Jacques Birgé at Studio GRRR
except Sacha Gattino's piece at Tintinnabulum

Jean-Jacques Birgé – vocals, synthesizers, orchestra, Pâte à son, Theremin, Tenori-on, Mascarade Machine, field recording, trumpet, flute, inanga, jaw harp
Elsa Birgé - vocals
Pascale Labbé – vocals
Birgitte Lyregaard – vocals
Bernard Vitet – trumpet
Yves Robert – trombone
Nicolas Chedmail – horn
Antonin-Tri Hoang – bass clarinet
Philippe Deschepper – guitar
Hervé Legeay – guitar
Didier Petit – cello
Vincent Segal – bass
Cyril Atef – drums
Éric Échampard – drums
Michèle Buirette – accordion
Amandine Casadamont – vinyls
Sacha Gattino – sampler, music box organ, whistling, electronics…

Mastering - Marwan Danoun
Liner notes - Laure Nbataï
Photos - Jean Birgé, Henry Colomer, Bernard Vitet, Frédéric Durieu, Françoise Romand, Olivier Degorce and JJB
Graphic Design - Étienne Mineur


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Jean-Jacques Birgé is an independent French musician and filmmaker, at once music composer (co-founder of Un Drame Musical Instantané), sound designer & multimedia artist, writer & blogger. (Mediapart)... Specialist of the relations between sound and pictures, he has been one of the early synthesizer players in France in 1973, the initiator of the return of silent movies with music in 1976. ... more

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Track Name: Les années 1950 (The 50s)
- Now, I give the microphone to Mr. Jean-Jacques Birgé. Over to you, Jean-Jacques Birgé! So Mr. Jean-Jacques Birgé, are you ready?
- Wait, wait... This is Jean-Jacques Birgé speaking!

Under the gambling circle
The tailor is happy
To sell new costumes
To bluff lovers

In the old elevator
They put on clean blazers
Having lost everything
They are shedding their skin

Place de la Bourse
The 50s
Go back to the source
Of revolts that haunt me

From our balcony
A big balloon flies away
Red blood of the beasts
Bursting into funfairs

In the dark furnished apartment
Words of freedom
Evoke independence
Of people marching on

Place de la Bourse
The 50s
Go back to the source
Of revolts that haunt me

- This is the end!
Track Name: Les années 1960 (The 60s)
- Yes hello, can you hear me? I'm calling from the demo…

Above all don’t be afraid
In the Avenue des Gobelins
I'm calling from a hairdressers
To say that everything is fine.

Barricades in Paris
Peace and Love in Frisco
Elsewhere is real life
Music and my backpack

The seeds that have sprouted
Grow on my balcony
Hash and LSD
We are experienced

No taboos nor time out
Night is like day
Dream in Technicolor
Think only of love
Track Name: Les années 1970 (The 70s)
Today music is more often played than it is written on paper. We write it differently. We write it collectively. We write it with computer systems...
519 dead people and dozens of missing persons, the damage is huge...
No, but tell me, because you are waving at me, I do not understand what's going on...
Music produces meaning. The music of Un Drame Musical Instantané is already blind cinema.
So yes, is it your reality?
Neither on the feet nor on the hands...
A sort of counterpoint, a fiction around which all the forces of the nation would happily regroup, a retrospective report shot on the scene of the crime or a daily series that simply shows the joy of living, but here I anticipate...
Made of phases of slow evolution and then accelerations that we call crises...
I saw that there were however coded signals!
But listen, I think that’s the best thing...

We speak English
French accents
Playing the States
Strong critics

Trying to be us
Fighting U.S.

We make love and we love
No taboo
Fighting the coup
Who’s above?

Trying to be us
Fighting U.S.
Track Name: Les années 1980 (The 80s)
O parents, dear elders,
What do you want from us
That we cannot give
And that drives us crazy?

Children, be wise,
When you drive
Leave us a message
To dispel our doubts!

O doddering parents,
Delivering our neuroses,
Do not be surprised
If we send you to hell

Children, by the way,
Do not make us seem older
We still have all the ages
That we have already had.
Track Name: Les années 2000 (A New Century)
As I am a bit funny
Stunned by the dance
I can't feel my feet anymore
I’m even out of my depth
And to the package of
Advancing life, I oppose
The liberated loves
Of maturity

As I am a bit fancy
There is meaning in words
No need for wine glasses
Just six-stanza verses
To toast together
At this rebirth
Rejecting the worms
Of our six feet under
Track Name: Les années 2010 (The 10s / Contretemps)
How many days
Shal I resist
My sweet love
Dear Snow White

How many nights
Waiting for you
Making no noise
Not hearing you

How much time
Does a kiss take
To wake you up
Right now

How much does it hurt
If times passes
Without our cries
To leave a trace

Come closer
Even sleeping
Deliver us
If we’re off beat

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