The Roches are Maggie, Terre and Suzzy - three sisters who live in New York City. Together they have created fifteen recordings in various configurations. Whether as a trio, duo or solo, each recording is as distinct as a snowflake. They have defied definition, and most accurately their music can be called “Roche” music. Their self titled album, The Roches, was hailed as the Best Record of The Year by the New York Times. Their children’s recording “Will You Be My Friend” was awarded The Parent’s Gold Choice Award. We Three Kings, a collection of Christmas and Holiday songs is a perennial favorite in households all across the United States and overseas as well.
The Roches performed for twenty years as a trio throughout Europe and the United States in a wide variety of venues from their own sold out show at Carnegie Hall to the concert halls of Europe and the street corners of New York City. They appeared on The Tonight Show, The David Letterman Show and have sung with Philip Glass, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, The Indigo Girls, Loudon Wainwright and Linda Ronstadt, just to name a few. They’ve written music for TV and films and were even drawn as cartoons for Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon’s series.
In the nineties they expanded to pursue solo projects. These projects include Terre’s stunning Sound of A Tree Falling, Suzzy’s bittersweet Holy Smokes and Songs From An Unmarried Housewife and Mother (Album of the Week, New York Times). As a duo, Maggie and Suzzy created Zero Church (at Harvard University). the highly acclaimed, unusual collection of prayers which was also produced at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York with dancers, puppets and a multitude of musicians and singers. Maggie and Suzzy have recently released a smart and hearty set of songs, Why The Long Face, in keeping with their long tradition of original thought and close ethereal harmony. As the Washington Post wisely noted, “The sisters still have a lot to say.”
During the holiday season The Roches join together with their brother Dave and percussionist Marlon Cherry to present a Roches Show with a Holiday Twist. The show features material from the thirty years of their career as well as selections from We Three Kings, their beloved Christmas CD. It’s a fun, family show which would put even Scrooge into the holiday spirit!
When the three Roche sisters - Suzzy, Maggie, and Terre - sing together, they’re not just among the most spellbinding in the world: they can make the world go away altogether, and then bring it back to the listener, brighter and refreshed. That’s the project of Moonswept (2007), their first trio album in over a decade, a collection of fables and fantasies, kooky jokes and loungey confections, intricate rondelets and jaunty satires, intimations of innocence and expressions of experience. Writing most of the songs and playing most of the instruments, the three give the feel of a family reunion - but a deliciously fun one. “Us Little Kids” begins the album with slyly rocking mischief and “Jesus Shaves” closes it with a picture of Christ thrown into an absurd modern-day working world. In between, they strip away the masks of medication and pride to a swinging Latin groove (“Piggy Mask”) and find that love isn’t a simple choice to the sound of multiple acoustic guitars fusing as completely as their voices. Their first love will always be comedy, but they also evoke and then transcend tragedy. “Did you ever take a walk to the edge of town, before the airplanes took the buildings down?” they ask on “Only You Know How.” And on “September 11th at the Shambhala Center” they find some believable hope in the connection between artist and audience: “Don’t lose your nerve/You are the ones who are singing and I am the listener,” sings Terre, as her sisters build to a gorgeous pop crescendo. The Roches have been making records since 1979 - they may have just made their very best.