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Room 29 | 2017 International Festival

Room 29

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales

In this brand new collaboration, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales gave voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Château Marmont Hotel in Hollywood.

Do you believe in ghosts? What if a room could tell you the life stories of the people that have inhabited it? Better still – what if it could sing you those stories?

In this brand new collaboration, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales give voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Château Marmont Hotel in Hollywood – using music, dance, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies, and plenty more. All to reveal the secrets and the escapades of its famous and not-so-famous occupants – including Jean Harlow, Howard Hughes and Marilyn Monroe.

Former Pulp frontman, singer-songwriter, writer and actor, Jarvis Cocker was inspired to write a new cycle of songs during his own stay in Room 29, using one of the room’s more unusual items – a baby grand piano. This piano has borne witness to countless dramas – both real and imaginary – since the hotel opened its doors in 1927. Now, through the music of piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales, with words by Jarvis Cocker, and aided and abetted by the Kaiser Quartett – it is ready to tell us its story for the first time.

The advertised time is approximately when the performance will start. Doors will open at least 30 mins prior to this time. 

Performed by Jarvis CockerChilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett

Produced by Kampnagel International Center for Finer Arts, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales

More information about the artists

Jarvis Cocker
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Chilly Gonzales
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Kaiser Quartett
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22-24 August 2017

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme is now available to browse and book. Visit What's On to see the programme

beautifully bittersweet song cycle

The Guardian

Cocker and Gonzales sparked off each other like a long-standing double act

Evening Standard

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