Jarvis Cocker to star in bird documentary

He will help investigate why birds sing

Jarvis Cocker is set to feature in a new BBC documentary which will investigate why birds sing.

’Why Birds Sing’ is based on the book of the same name by musician and philosopher David Rothenberg, who argues that birds sing for sheer joy of it.

As well as Cocker, the film will feature Peter Gabriel, Beth Orton and Laurie Anderson.

The show will culminate in a “unique musical composition combining human music with birdsong”.

This will feature Gabriel, Guillemots and founder of the Afro-Celt Sound System, Simon Emmerson.

The 80-minute show will premiere on BBC4, though a transmission date has yet to be announced, reports The Guardian.

Meanwhile Jarvis Cocker will play a Shockwaves NME Awards Show on Saturday (February 17) at London’s Astoria.

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now.