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"CocoRosie are an American musical duo formed by sisters Sierra (Rosie) and Bianca (Coco) Casady in 2003. Stylistically, they may be assigned to the indie rock or psych folk genres, and are sometimes associated with the New Weird America (or freak folk) movement; additional influences include hip hop and Opera. Sierra mainly plays the guitar, piano and harp, and contributes vocals. Bianca sings and manipulates various children's toys/electronic & percussion instruments. CocoRosie performs as a duo and also with other backing musicians on occasion, usually a bassist and either a drummer or beatboxer. They were active for most of 2004, 2005 & 2006 playing dates across the US and making several trips to Europe for tours playing with TV on the Radio, Bright Eyes, Devendra Banhart and others. In late 2006 they appeared as a featured act at the Touch and Go Records 25th anniversary block party in Chicago along with Big Black, Scratch Acid, Killdozer, The Ex, Uzeda and many others.

In 2003, Bianca was growing restless and decided it was time for a change. She left her apartment in Brooklyn to travel the world. Unexpectedly, she showed up at Sierra's apartment in Paris. It had been nearly ten years since the sisters had last seen each other. Over the course of the next two months, the girls spent nearly every waking hour in Sierra's bathroom, chosen as the most acoustic and isolated room in the apartment. Soon, they had completed both a hip hop recording (never released) called 'word to the crow' and their proper debut album La Maison de Mon Rêve. Originally, La Maison de Mon Rêve was only intended to be distributed among a close circle of friends. However, by 2004 the lo-fi album was released on legendary independent label Touch and Go Records, who had obtained a copy of the CD and had uncharacteristically pursued signing the artists. Since the creation of their first album, the Casady sisters have been virtually inseparable."

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Bandega Interview with Bianca Casady of CocoRosie (May 2008)

The nomadic trapezist life of CocoRosie.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: Well, it stared as just the two of us sitting down in chairs wearing our natural hair and skirts and dresses. One of my main jobs was rattling a gold chain belt which I have now lost. We have gone through many faces, the longest relationship to another musician has been a beatboxer. I think their has always been projection - they change too, of course. And now there is dancing and strobes...and wigs of course.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: Probably our show at The Olympia in Paris. We had a trapeze artist that we went to high school with, dancing above us and even sprinkling snow on us for the opening song. We had a tea party set up, and we sang while we pretended to have a private conversation over tea. We also had a little boys choir that couldn't really sing and they were so precious projected huge with live feed. I also started a new era of costume that night with my Rasta wig.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: Can't think of one. A few years back I would have said Tonic in New York. I guess it's gone now.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: Watching Antony (of Antony And The Johnsons for the first time playing alone at Tonic.

Q: Much has been made about you and your sister's nomadic (and separated) childhoods. Has touring become an extension of this pattern? Do you feel more comfortable when touring than when you're living in one place?
A: Yes, yes, yes! I have given in completely to be a nomad and now it's a part of my work so there is nothing to stop me!

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