Jarvis Cocker Wants YOU for His Band

 

Attempts to figure out
“what is music for?” by signing up random members of the public for an
intriguing experiment. Must bring own mat for the Pilates session, however.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

A message 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

 

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.

 

 

 

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