CocoRosie is the music-based project of American cross-disciplinary performance artists Sierra and Bianca Casady. They sing eye-opening accounts of unsayable things, yet their music ultimately celebrates a spiritual freedom attainable in the purely natural world. Their songs blend a myriad of styles and references, from hip-hop to folk and opera, shaping the most painful of experiences into memorable and evocative pop songs. Taken as a whole, CocoRosie’s music is an ongoing psychologically intimate dialogue between the siblings. Each sister has multiple personae and vocal styles; Bianca delivers troubadourian-style-rap while Sierra often responds ethereal tones, as well as playing a range of instruments including the harp, piano, and guitar. A quintessential part of their sound is a percussive landscape made using children's toys and other found objects which adds a particular nostalgia to their songs.
In their fifteen years as CocoRosie, the sisters have released six albums and are going to release a 7th this year: Heartache City (2015), Tales of a Grasswidow (2013), Grey Oceans (2010), The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (2007), Noah’s Ark (2005), and their first album La maison de mon rêve (2004) – each one inspiring controversy and debate in equal amounts to praise, such is their fearlessness and willingness to take risks with their art. This creative vision runs through every aspect of their work - from videos to live performance utilizing theatrical costumes and make up 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, Bianca has held solo exhibitions of her artwork in NYC at Deitch Gallery and Cheim and Read. Bianca has choreographed “Nightshift,” a dance production and “Soul Life,” an opera both staged at the Donau Festival in Krems and directed two theatrical performances with the National Theater Academy in Norway. Sierra has arranged and performed music in collaboration with the likes of the Symphony Orchestra of Amsterdam, The ICA in London and The Sydney Opera House. Currently Sierra works on a lead role in a opera written and directed by her sister and composed by both that will premier at the Manchester Festival in 2022.
Most recently and aside from the completion of their seventh album, CocoRosie has composed original scores for three full-length theatrical works by Robert Wilson: Peter Pan, Pushkin's Fairy Tales, Edda and now are creating Jungle Books and The Tempest for up coming premiers. Last year they debuted a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet at their Jazz Festival in San Francisco and will perform together again in June planning to lend the songs the sisters have composed to create a recorded album with the quartet.