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Jarvis Cocker @ P4K Fest (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Jarvis Cocker

From Jarvis Cocker:

Back in October 2006, when I was asked to edit The Observer Music Monthly in the UK, I asked the question "What is Music for?". Two & a half years on I would like to shorten that question to: WHAT IS MUSIC?

ALSO

I have lost count of the number of articles proclaiming the imminent or actual death of the music industry. Does this mean that music can now go back to being an art form again? & If so, is it the first art form to begin adapting itself to the post-capitalist society we now find ourselves living in? Or is it just something you get free when you buy a mobile phone? Digital content.

ALSO

What happens if you get a band to rehearse in an art gallery instead of a rehearsal space? What if you invite members of the public to play with the band? Or invite them to submit song titles which the band then have to base an improvisation upon? Could a live band provide the accompaniment to an aerobics class? What happens if you play music from 12 noon til 7pm, 7 days a week? & What if you invite the kids from the local school to come round on their Wednesday off?

SO

From Tuesday 5th of May until Sunday 10th of May I will be occupying Galerie Chappe, 4, Rue Andre Barsacq, 75018 Paris, France (+33 1 42 62 42 12 www.galeriechappe.fr) from 12 noon til 6/7pm each day (maybe later some nights) & attempting to answer these pertinent questions. I will be assisted by the members of my band: Martin Craft, Steve Mackey, Tim McCall, Ross Orton & Simon Stafford plus, at various times, we hope to be joined by other musicians currently living in the Paris area.

& THEN....

..."THEN" is continued below.

Jarvis Cocker, who recently gave away an MP3 from his new album, is returning to Terminal 5 in NYC on July 30th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then on regular sale Friday.

All dates and "THEN" below...

Jarvis Cocker @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Jarvis Cocker

& THEN
If you live locally please come down & join in this experiment. If you don't you can follow its progress on www.jarviscocker.net which will run for the duration of the installation (more details soon). Each day will be archived & re-broadcast for the convenience of those living in different time-zones.

& FINALLY

A selection of Rankin's photography for my soon-to-be-released album "Further Complications" will be on view during the course of this show. These images are an integral part of the exhibition & will also be offered for sale through the gallery.

TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

MONDAY 4th MAY - Set-up day. Closed to the public (though no-one can stop you looking through the windows).
TUESDAY 5th MAY
12 - 2pm - BAND REHEARSAL
2 -3pm - BRING AN INSTRUMENT (members of the public are invited to bring an instrument with them & play along with the band. Amplification will be available for electric instruments).
3 - 4pm - YOGA CLASS (with a qualified instructor. The band will provide suitable live accompaniment. Participants must provide their own yoga-mat.).
4 - 5pm - IMPROVISATIONS ON A THEME (throughout the course of the exhibition a box will be available in the gallery into which members of the public can post titles, phrases, suggestions, lyrics or anything else that the band can then base improvisations around. During this hour the band will create a number of pieces based on selections of this material).
5 - 6pm - GUEST PERFORMANCE ( an invited guest will play with the band)
WEDNESDAY 6th MAY
12 -2pm - BAND REHEARSAL
2 - 4pm - CHILDREN'S DAY ( French children traditionally have Wednesday off school. The band will supervise a number of music-based children's activities over the course of these 2 hours. Parental supervision is required for children under 11).
4 - 5pm - RELAXATION ( the band will provide musical accompaniment to a relaxation class. Participants should provide their own exercise mat).
5 - 6pm GUEST PERFORMANCE ( see Tuesday 5th May)
THURSDAY 7th MAY
12 - 2pm - BAND REHEARSAL
2 - 3pm - IMPROVISATIONS ON A THEME ( see Tuesday 5th May)
3 - 4pm - PILATES CLASS (with a qualified instructor. The band will provide suitable live accompaniment. Participants must provide their own exercise mat)
4 - 5pm - BRING AN INSTRUMENT (see Tuesday 5th May)
5 - 6pm - GUEST PERFORMANCE

FRIDAY 8th MAY
12 - 2pm - BAND REHEARSAL
2 - 3pm - IMPROVISATIONS ON A THEME
3 - 4pm - AEROBICS CLASS
4 - 5pm - BRING AN INSTRUMENT
5 - 6pm - GUEST PERFORMANCE

SATURDAY 9th MAY
12 - 2pm - BAND REHEARSAL
2- 3pm - BRING AN INSTRUMENT
3 - 4pm - DANCING ( the band will play an hour of music designed to encourage people to dance. Dress appropriately)
4 - 6pm - SET-UP FOR OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE (weather permitting)
6 - 7pm - OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE ( the band will play a short open-air concert just outside the gallery)

SUNDAY 10th MAY
12 - 2pm - BAND REHEARSAL
2 - 3pm - QUIET HOUR ( an hour of the softest music the band can play)
3 - 4pm - GUEST PERFORMANCE
4 - 6pm - REVIEW OF THE WEEK ( the band will play music written over the course of the past 6 days)

This is a very rough schedule & will be subject to change at the drop of a hat - but it does give some idea of the kind of things that will be happening. Updates will be available during the course of the exhibition through the gallery's website.

Jarvis Cocker - 2009 Tour Dates
May 29 - Primavera Festival Barcelona
May 31 - Vega Copenhagen
Jun 2 - Fabrik Hamburg
Jun 3 - Rockhal Luxembourg
Jun 4 - Bataclan Paris
Jun 6 - Ancienne Belgique Brussels
Jun 10 - Empress Ballroom Blackpool
Jun 12 - ABC Glasgow
Jun 14 - Rock City Nottingham
Jun 16 - Brighton Dome Brighton
Jun 17 - Troxy London
Jun 19 - Ejekt Festival Athens
Jul 24 - Secret Garden Party Huntingdon
Jul 30 - Terminal 5, NYC
Aug 8 - Berlin Festival Berlin

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Comments (10)

Friggin' France.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 3:53 PM

Couldn't he have done this in NYC. Sounds amazing. Some people are really in for a treat.

Posted by Anonymous 2 | May 4, 2009 4:07 PM

I was just wondering if Jarvis was playing NYC soon for the album. Awesome. Thanks!

Posted by Jason Lam | May 4, 2009 5:20 PM

new album great. much better than previous one.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 8:51 PM

MEHrde !

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 9:39 PM

i hope he will play music hall again!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 1:28 AM

what's amex presale?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 1:31 AM

RE: the death of the music industry

Its not the music industry that's dying, but the Big4 record labels and the traditional music business as we know it.

Thanks to the internet, the old model is in upheaval, and though there are a lot of new players out there, we aren't sure what the landscape of the new music industry will look like.

Its an amazing and scary time; see Clay Shirky's article on the "death" of newspapers, which is applicable to the traditional music industry as well: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

Posted by riaa radar | May 5, 2009 11:23 AM

He is playing LA and SF on july 27 and 28

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 12:10 PM

when are tickets for the musichall of williamsburg going on sale?

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2009 10:53 AM

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