PRESENTS

Serge
Gainsbourg
Reimagined

After 16 years producing superlative lost archive recordings, we are pleased to present our first original recording, Coup Perdu’s debut release, Sine Qua Non, Serge Gainsbourg Re-imagined.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, no expense has been spared to produce the most beautiful record we could imagine. As followers of Coup d’Archet know, quality of sound has always been our primary concern and we have always sought to work with the best in the field.

Cut to lacquer at Abbey Road, audiophile pressing on 180g vinyl by optimal media GmbH, the 69 minute double album is presented in a deluxe heavyweight matt-laminated gatefold jacket with insert. The first 1000 copies only will be accompanied by 48 minute companion LP, Sine Qua Non Plus, which boasts all the above qualities but in a single stand-alone jacket. Not to be missed.

Vinyl only available from Perdu.

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FEATURING

Gilad Atzmon Frank Harrison Eddie Hick Yaron Stavi Laura Anstee
Marianne Haynes Ros Stephen Felix Tanner Matthew Bourne
Leonardo Lara Julian Rowlands Shanti Paul Jayasinha Fayyaz Virji

STRING ARRANGEMENTS

Ros Stephen

PRODUCED BY

Glenn Armstrong Gilad Atzmon Philip Bagenal

ENGINEERING

Andrew Dudman Abbey Road Studio 2
George Murphy Eastcote Studios

ORIGINAL ARTWORK

Peter Doig

FILM

Laurence Ismay

MUSIC CLIPS

FILM

TrailerLooking for Melody
The Recording of Sine Qua Non

Full FilmLooking for Melody
The Recording of Sine Qua Non

PHOTO ALBUMS

Rehearsals St. Marks

Rehearsal chez Gilad

Abbey Road Studio 2

Strings at The Premises

INTRODUCTION

It was in the spring of 2009 when I saw Gilad’s Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos String Quartet performing their Charlie Parker with Strings project.  It was the first time I had actually seen two such quartets work together.  This meeting of two disciplines, the improvisational and the formal. But instead of transporting me to 50’s New York, I was reminded of Neil Ardley’s shimmering original arrangements for jazz and small string ensemble, of sixties soundtracks and chamber pop… John Barry and Morricone, Cipriani and Nicolai, Roy Budd, Dankworth and Quincy Jones, Legrand and Colombier, Dusty and Scott and Gainsbourg.

Some eighteen months later I was sequestered alone in a friend’s remote farmhouse high on a hillside in Haute Provence in the hot Indian summer of 2011.  Gilad’s In Loving Memory of America was receiving repeated play.  On Youtube one night I came across two tunes sung by the actress Mireille Darc.  I had been quietly collecting Gainsbourg records since my first forays to Paris in the service of Coup d’Archet and L’Archet d’Or but had never heard these extraordinary songs, Hélicoptère and Le Drapeau Noir.  The idea came like a storm.  There was a record I needed in my collection that didn’t exist yet.

The following day I contacted Gilad asking if he would be interested in a project.  He was.  I contacted Matt Bourne who I had met in Leeds earlier in the year. Emails and sporadic telephone calls continued over the months.  Gilad introduced me to Ros.  Decisions were made, lines were drawn.  Ros began putting together her dream team.  In the summer of 2012 I met Leo Lara in Tarifa and invited him to record in London.  Rehearsals began at Saint Mark’s Church St John’s Wood in October, recordings took place at Abbey Road Studio 2 later that month and in November.  Mixing was completed at Eastcote Studios in March 2013.  Peter Doig kindly created the extraordinary artwork for this album and its companion, Sine Qua Non Plus, in December.

My original brief for this album was that it be intimate and unashamedly romantic….while avoiding cheesiness at all cost.  It’s an album about love, its manifestations and its symptoms.

For obvious reasons,  the group of musicians share the name of the album, Sine Qua Non, from Serge’s line Tu étais la condition sine qua non de ma raison in Ballade de Melody Nelson.

With all respect to SG.

Glenn Armstrong
Nottingham
March 2014

FUTURE PROJECTS

AVAILABLE APRIL

John Aram Quintet with Kenny Wheeler
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Suite

Mixing at Eastcote

All content © Coup d’Archet / Coup Perdu 2014
SQN and SQNP artwork courtesy Peter Doig and Michael Werner Gallery New York and London