COCO DAVIS

"like Peggy Lee in purgatory" - RNZ

Coco Davis is a largely retired singer, dipping a perfectly shellacked toenail into the pool of modern music from time to time.

 

Respected as a singer in NZ theatre circles, Coco has loaned her talents to Bullet Heart's tragi-rom Daffodils (NZ, Aus, Edinburgh) and has been a "stalwart" of Auckland Theatre Company (Little Shop of Horrors,Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Chicago, Oliver!), while her own irrelevant, but trippy production of Sam Shepard’s surrealist cowboy operetta The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill appeared semi-widely on the NZ arts festival circuit once upon a time. Coco is very excited to be a part of the line-up for Silo Theatre Company's up-coming live concert of David Byrne and Norman Cook's concept album, Here Lies Love.

 

A song interpreter and storyteller with a particular interest in early female blues music, Davis is a white woman of U.S. birth who recognizes that presuming to interpret the work of African American women like Geeshie Wiley, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Nina Simone is an honor she is not owed and a history that does not belong to her. By performing these works to New Zealand audiences Coco hopes to participate as a guest in the future of these songs and to celebrate the genius, skill and work of some of the great female artists of modern music.