Stage of the Art concert, June the 7th, 2008: Cocorosie’ Sierra Cassady plays a unique version of Loris Gréaud’s “Cellar Door” (written by Thomas Roussel) at the ICA in London.
- ICA - London
- June 07th 2008
Cocorosie (Sierra and Bianca Cassady)
Legend has it that the two Cassady sisters (Bianca and Sierra) recorded their first dazzling album “La Maison de Mon Rêve” in the bathroom of their garret in Montmartre, using the sounds around them. Limping beats, toy instruments, and bewitching voices, their dreamy and personal folk has made them the spearhead of the new folk current, along with their friends Anthony (and the Johnsons) and Devendra Banhart. After a similar second album, their third release has taken them away from their original inclinations into lands closer to hip hop and electronic music.
Loris Gréaud is a multitalented artist who has been exhibited in Hong-Kong, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Milan, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. For the first time, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris gave their entire floor space to an under 30 year old French artist. From February 14th to Mai 4th 2008, his ‘Cellar Door’ expo spread itself out over the museums 5000m2. A few months later, from april 25th to June 22nd, the ICA in London presented “Once is Always Twice”.
Cellar Door is a protean object divided between showtimes, a score and an architecture. The predominant idea behind the score commissioned to composer Thomas Roussel on a libretto by Raimundas Malasauskas and Aaron Schuster, responds to one of Cellar Door's obsessions: “how might a show not be the ending of simple work procedures but a true starter of possibilities”. The choice of such a musical tale, opera and score lends the best to rereading, re-interpretation and offers to be replayed to infinity.
Thomas Roussel composed the Cellar Door Opera, recorded and performed by the Radio France Philarmonic Orchestra. He enjoys taking such orchestras beyond their usual realms: writing for pop singers, for Jeff Mills, composing the soundtracks of Pascal Thomas’ last four films, or even composing for tenor singer Roberto Alagna.