Jacquie Cotillard - Operator
Jacquie Cotillard is a composer and performer from Montevallo, AL, previously incarnated as a foolish blues singer, Berliner prostitute, and classical hack respectively. Living and working in the college town, he hosted artistic salons with live music for two years and founded the Montevallo Music Podcast to document goings-on in the small and active community. As part of this project, dozens of bands and live performances were preserved and curated for distribution.
During this time, the concept of the Earth Hotel as a creative philosophical experiment was formalized, and Cotillard opened the doors to collaborators and guests at the Montevallo space in 2015.
JC has released three music collections, (Scenic Favorites EP, Songbook Hypnoses, and iMyoUiNG), two written collections (N+1: Exquisite Corpse Poems, and Re/Act), and produced half a dozen podcasts under the Earth Hotel organization: (Born with Catheters, Beers and Broads, Welcome to Monotonia, I Came Here for an Argument, Whose Turn Is It?)
Jacquie has appeared in venues across the southeast, including the late Eclipse Coffee and Books, Saturn, Workplay, The Soft Rock Bungalow, The Nick, Fork and Spoon Records, The Mouthhole, Coppertop, and been forgotten nowhere. The JC act is idea-heavy while danceable or hypnotic, unsettling or rapturous, whimsical or terrifying. The sound combines limited technology with compelling oration while boldly rejecting lo-fi and any modern accessories. Compositions are intuitive and chaotic, with trendy use of dissonance and audio tricks. Sounds like those experimental guys from before the internet. People are bemused and descriptions are unintelligible.
Cotillard manages the motivational speaker Carl JR, who began public appearances in Birmingham in 2017 after an extended illness which kept him out of the spotlight for some time.
In 2017, Cotillard and three esteemed partners founded Top Shelf Burlesque, a performance troupe which has since presented striptease, music, and vaudeville antics to the Birmingham area. Under the moniker Marla Brandy, Cotillard has appeared in TSB showcases since its inception and featured as a solo performer in both striptease and dance acts.