CocoRosie is sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady, a visionary duo with a startling ability to tackle the most taboo of subjects with complete honesty and spiritual freedom. Crafting songs that blend a myriad of styles and references ranging from folk and opera to hip-hop and reggae, the sisters often transform the most painful of experiences into memorable, evocative pop anthems. Taken as a whole, CocoRosie is an ongoing dialogue between the siblings. Each sister has her own persona and vocal delivery; Bianca delivers hard-hitting truths in a child-like voice while Sierra responds in pure open tones, playing a range of instruments including the harp, flute, piano, and guitar.
Back with a remarkable fifth album, entitled Tales Of A GrassWidow, CocoRosie produced their latest effort in collaboration with Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson and incorporated a host of guest performances, including frequent collaborator Antony Hegarty. Out in North America on May 28th, the sisters have decided to move forward with a self release in hopes of maintaining a new level of creative control over the process. The result is magnificent, a bold lyrical composition that draws parallels between the destruction of the earth’s natural resources and the loss of innocence resulting from child abuse, synthesizes electronic and organic sounds, convey a futuristic, back-to-nature feeling while tackling bold issues. This is not music for or by the faint of heart and mind.
In their ten years as CocoRosie, the sisters have released four 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) – each inspiring equal amounts of controversy, debate and praise.
With a strong creative vision running through every aspect of their work, CocoRosie are regarded not only for their music but also for their additional artistic endeavors, which often become sources of inspiration for their songwriting. In addition to hosting informal fashion shows, artist salons and poetry readings, Sierra has arranged and performed operas in Sydney, Amsterdam and London, while Bianca has exhibited her visual art around the world.
This spring, the duo will unveil their work on a production of “Peter Pan” by the Berliner Ensemble along with theatre director Robert Wilson, which will be performed in Paris under the curation of Laurie Anderson. Later this year, Bianca will launch “Girls Against God,” an arts and letters print publication that keeps in line with the sisters’ personal feminist mission.
In addition to all of this, CocoRosie will be touring extensively around the world in 2013. For now, however, we leave you with Tales of a GrassWidow, their fifth musical offering, which showcases the sisters at their most inspired, creative and fearless.
November 8th at Altar Bar
Click Here To View “Child Bride”
Directed by Emma Freeman, “Child Bride” is an intimate and powerful statement of a video, exploring themes of feminism, sexism, child abuse, human rights and gender inequalities through the brutal circumstances that often result from an arranged marriage. Never ones to back down in the face of controversy, CocoRosie’s moving new video is not easily forgettable.
Along with the release of CocoRosie’s “Child Bride” video comes the launch of Girls Against God (GAG), a new print magazine born from the creative union of Bianca Casady and artist Anne Sherwood Pundyk. With a concentration on bold, feminist exploration, GAG aims to illuminate the oppressive, obsolete nature of traditional, male-defined religions and other patriarchal institutions.
Each page of the tabloid-sized publication is lush with colorful perspectives from an international cadre of artists. GAG Issue 1 includes contributors: Antony, Gabby Bess, Melanie Bonajo, Vaginal Davis, Yasmine Hadan, Emely Neu, Kembra Pfahler, Marguerite Stern, Alexyss K. Tylor; and contributions from Johanna Constantine, Mary Hanlon, Julie Higonnet, Molly O’Brien, Chloe Olewitz, Alice O’Malley, Kara L. Rooney, and J.M. Ruellan. Girls Against God is a biannual magazine published through Capricious Publishing, and is available at select bookstores worldwide. Further information on the publication is available here.
Following last week’s announcement of an extensive fall headlining tour in North America, tickets are on sale now. The sisters will bring their dynamic live performance stateside starting in October, see below for a full list of tour dates and ticket links, which are on sale now.