Jarvis Cocker Wants You

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In preparation for some upcoming live dates, Jarvis Cocker and his band are going into rehearsal; as a way of experimenting with the music business’ adaptation to, as he says, “the post-capitalist society we now find ourselves living in” the ever-charming Cocker has decided to throw open the doors to a week of his band’s rehearsals, starting next Tuesday. Unfortunately for me those “doors” lead to a gallery in Paris, but perhaps you have the time/funds to head out there. (Those of us who are chained to our desks can follow along online.) There will be yoga, and guest performances, and a sampling of what a Jarvis Cocker day care facility would look like, as well as multiple chances for any old schlub to bring an instrument and jam. (I would advise lining up now, because I am sure that people started heading over there immediately after this press release was issued.) Stifle your jealousy along with me as you peruse the full schedule of events after the jump.

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)

The Awl has helpfully provided information on airfare rates between New York and Paris, which is just making me sigh even more melodramatically than I usually do on Fridays.Jarvis Cocker [Official site]Galerie Chappe [MySpace]