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"...a beautiful tribute to that singular talent [Gainsbourg] and, live, it is even more entrancing."
Pop Art 4 is an electric instrumental jazz group led by drummer Todd Bishop, of Portland, Oregon. With
personnel from Portland, New York, and Brussels, the band will be touring Europe in October/November
2010, with dates in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. The group is dedicated to exploring
film, international pop, and commercial music of the 1960's and '70's, material normally thought to be defiant
to jazz interpretation.
The group's first CD release, 69 Année Érotique, is an album of instrumental jazz interpretations of the
music of French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. Featured are many of his most famous (and infamous)
numbers of the 1950's-70's, including “Je t'aime... moi non plus”, “Le Poinçonneur des Lilas”, and “Ballade
de Melody Nelson”. The recorded band includes Seattle musicians saxophonist Rich Cole (Dr. John, Randy
Brecker, Dave Holland), keyboardist Steve Moore (Bill Frisell, soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch's “The Limits of
Control”), and bassist Geoff Harper (Wayne Horvitz, Skerik).
Origin recording artist, drummer, producer and band leader Todd Bishop, with a number of experimental,
cinema-inspired CD releases to his credit, has been a unique artistic presence in jazz in the Pacific
Northwest since the early-1990's. First with electric jazz power trio Flatland, then with the ambient free jazz
of Lower Monumental, currently leading Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4.
The touring ensemble will feature several outstanding musicians: trumpeter Pablo Masis
(www.pablomasis.net) of New York and bassist Olivier Stalon (www.myspace.com/bassinbelgium) of
Brussels; trading keyboard duties will be Bram Weijters (www.bramweijters.com/) of Antwerp and Andrew
Oliver (www.andrewoliver.net) of Portland.