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Jarvis plays yoga class concerts

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker is hoping to answer the question: What is music?

Jarvis Cocker is playing a series of unusual gigs during a week-long residency at a Parisian art gallery.

The former Pulp star is providing live music for a yoga class, after which fans will get the chance to jam with him, if they bring along an instrument.

Musical activities will also include improvisation and guest performances.

The singer is playing in the Galerie Chappe every afternoon until Sunday 10 May, with the performances streamed live on the internet.

Footage of each performance will also be archived and re-broadcast for people around the world who live in different time-zones.

Cocker said he had been inspired after he was asked to edit The Observer Music Monthly magazine in the UK in 2006.

"I asked the question: 'What is music for?' Two-and-a-half years on I would like to shorten that question to: 'What is music?", he said.

The singer hopes taking part in the varied sets will help him find the answer.

"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?"

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