“They have terrifyingly beautiful voices … their songs inexhaustibly multilayered, fragile, radiant.” —New York Times
Minneapolis, September 10, 2013—The bold and boundless art-folk duo CocoRosie makes a rare Minneapolis appearance with a full ensemble on Saturday, October 19, at 8 pm at The Cedar. Sisters Bianca (Coco) and Sierra (Rosie) Casady have developed an international following for their mystical fairy tale world created through elaborate costumes, sets, and uncategorizable music. Shaped by Bianca’s arresting childlike tremor and Sierra’s classically trained operatic voice—often using vintage, toy, and nontraditional instruments—the duo swirls folk, hip-hop, opera, and reggae into evocative pop songs that are playful yet ominous, with hard-hitting truths voiced through twinkling innocence. Sounding “like two little Billie Holidays an octave higher if you were on acid in Tokyo in 1926” (Jim Jarmusch), CocoRosie performs a club-like, all-standing concert, copresented with the Cedar. The Cedar is located at 416 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis.
CocoRosie’s latest album, Tales of a Grass Widow, was produced in collaboration with Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson and enriched by a host of guest performances. In their ten years as CocoRosie, the sisters have released four other albums: Grey Oceans (2010), The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (2007), Noah’s Ark (2005), and their first album La maison de mon rêve (2004). A strong creative vision runs through every aspect of their work, from videos to live performance, utilizing theatrical costumes and makeup which they create alongside each new body of songs.
Finding expression for their ideas in other disciplines beyond the traditional musical parameters is paramount to the sisters - and often a source of inspiration for their songwriting. In addition to their album tours and festival performances worldwide, Sierra has arranged and performed operas in collaboration with the likes of the Symphony Orchestra of Amsterdam, The ICA in London and The Sydney Opera House. Bianca has had exhibitions in both alternative and established fine art venues all around the world. She’s hosted informal fashion shows, artist salons, book clubs, and taught and given poetry readings.
Tickets to CocoRosie are $25 ($22); day of concert $30 ($25) and are available from the Walker at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600, and from the Cedar at http://www.thecedar.org/events/2013/10/19/cocorosie or 612.338.2674
The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage Cowles; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.