Special event

Past Event

This listening session will feature Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg and L'enfant assassin des mouches by Jean-Claude Vannier

Doors: 4:30 PM
Event: 5 PM
Free admission
General admission – seating not guaranteed

Dear patrons, please note that the reservation period for this event is now over. Ticket holders will need to show up at the door at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the event or their tickets will be released. Only a few tickets will be available at the door. Seats is first come, first served.

Where: Space A (1st floor)

For this fourth edition at the Phi Centre, the DIE POD DIE is coming back with two major works from the French repertoire; Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg and L'enfant assassin des mouches de Jean-Claude Vannier.

This musical event sets the stage for the Gainsbourg symphonique concert at Les FrancoFolies de Montréal coming this June 10 and 11. To mark the 25th anniversary of Serge Gainsbourg’s death, Les FrancoFolies is giving music fans the chance to hear Jane Birkin’s soft and haunting voice together with the imposing power of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Simon Leclerc, a leading Quebec figure in symphonic pop, will conduct the MSO for this historic concert. Arthur H and the MSO will open the evening by performing Histoire de Melody Nelson in its entirety.

Arthur H will also be at the Phi Centre on April 17th to present Serge Gainsbourg’s first concept album. Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President, programming and production at Équipe Spectra, will also join the discussion.

Presented in collaboration with les FrancoFolies de Montréal and DIE POD DIE. 

Photo credit: Sébastien Roy (album)


The philosophy behind DIE POD DIE is simple: give the music its rightful due by attentively listening to albums, in their entirety, on vinyl, using a quality hi-fi system. At each session, two albums with a special link are spotlighted, enabling participants to appreciate each one as a carefully thought out and coherent work.

Each event offers music fans an opportunity to enjoy the selected albums in a relaxed and accessible environment, specifically designed and lit for the occasion, that fully engages mind and body.

When choosing their programs, DIE POD DIE and the Phi Centre also highlights the work of local and regional labels that are not well known to the general public.

Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg’s most important album, Histoire de Melody Nelson is a brilliant clash of rock music and string chords. Unabashedly expressive, this timeless album is divided into seven chapters that recount the tragic encounter of a middle-aged man and an English girl in her teens. Jean-Claude Vannier’s musical arrangement brings a symphonic element to the album, which has helped make it a major work that spans decades and geographical boundaries.

L'enfant assassin des mouches by Jean-Claude Vannier

Recorded in 1972 and left to gather dust for more than 30 years, this extravagant album immediately inspired Gainsbourg who dashed off twenty-some lines for it in a single night. In perfect symbiosis with each other, the two musicians bring their inspiration and talent to the fore, creating a work filled with beautiful melodies and varied tones. A musical treasure that was saved from oblivion.

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