This update: October 27, 2004
Serra performing jazz at small Paris venues
It's supposed to be a rare occasion to be able to see Eric Serra perform live, but Paris, as it turns out, has been in for a treat lately and can in fact still look forward to more live appearances.
As it turns out, Serra has been busy, playing at the "Le Baiser Salé" jazz club in the Rue des Lombards. The set was as follows: Eric Serra (bas), Thierry Eliez (keyboards), Stéphane Vera (drums), François Constantin (Percussion and vocals). There was no entrance fee. The musicians jammed at least on October 4, October 11, October 18 and October 25.
A Dutch jazz lover wrote on his or her web log a short review, after spontaneously running into this performance:
We went to "Le Baiser Salé" in the Rue des Lombards, where we saw and heard - in a tiny but chuckfull music hall upstairs - a jam session by Eric Serra, bass, Thierry Eliez, keys, Stéphane Vera, drums and François Constantin, percussion and vocals. The performances were great, but the music was a but too pop / disco for my taste, instead of jazz. Though some of the pieces known from the world of pop music where 'lightened' with some heavy jazz passages. We saw two audience members jam along, both on saxophone. The first was mediocre but the second was very good. As it goes, his name remained sadly unknown.
The good news is that another chance to see Serra playing jazz live is coming up rather soon. On December 3 and December 4 Serra will play at the "Sunset" bar, another jazz venue, also to be found in the Rue des Lombards.
The entrance fee for this performance will be Euro 22. Both nights will start at 10:00 PM. "Eric SERRA Quintet joue la musique de Jaco Pastorius...", The Eric Serra quartet plays the music of Jaco Pastorius. The venue's website explains that Serra wanted to return to The Sunset Club, because of the atmosphere of small clubs, the closeness of the audience, as well as for the sake of personal history: It was here in 1982 that he watched Pastorius perform.
Pastorios of course, was probably most the legendary and influential jazz bass player the world has known. Find out more about him on his official web site at www.jacopastorius.com
Besson returning to directing
In the mean time, Luc Besson has reportedly started shooting material for the next movie that he will (finally!) direct himself. "Arthur et les Minimoys" is a fairy tale like story Besson wrote himself, which will be brought to the big screen combining live action and computer generated scenery. No confirmation yet whether Eric Serra will create the score, but if not it would be a first. So time to tune in. Here's the film's web site: