Born in Paris, France, COCO ROUSSEL worked extensively with such 

 

European-based groups as Heldon and Clearlight Symphony Orchestra before 

 

moving to the U.S.A. in 1976 . He initially established residence in WashingtonD.C. 

 

where he became the drummer for Arista recording group Happy The Man

 

That association led to a long creative musical collaboration with Kit Watkins who 

 

was the main keyboardist for that famed group.COCO  moved to Los Angeles in 

 

1987 where he has performed with such well-known artists as Michael Manring

 

David Arkenstone, Winston Steward, Jeanne Tatum, and Carole Diamond.

 

    Through his continual quest for an open improvisational musical expression, 

 

COCO was introduced to two-like minded musicians, Teresa Russell and Bill 

 

Breland ( a.k.a. “ Dr Billi “ ) in 1996. In joining with these two, the group Teresa 

 

Russell and Cocobilli was formed as an aggressive blues-rock ensemble. The 

 

group performs both original and cover material. In their performances, unexpected 

 

improvisational musical motifs and rhythmic excursions are the norm rather than 

 

the exception. 

 

    The rhythm section par excellence Cobi Monde was initially conceived under 

 

the umbrella of this association and concept.

 

    COCO has created a unique set of simultaneously playable instruments that 

 

he has named the DRUMHANDEX ( electronic and acoustic hand-drums and 

 

percussion as well as keyboard synthesizer ). The conceptual shape of the 

 

Drumhandex was established during a teaming with vocalist / guitarist Jani 

 

Baldwin. They explored the creative possibilities of vocals, acoustic guitar, and 

 

drumhandex to establish a notably new conceptual expression for a musical duo. 

 

The continual evolution of the drumhandex led COCO and DR BILLI ( Cobi Monde  

 

to begin using the concept within the context of drumhandex and bass duets.

 

    These duets included the introduction of various processing effects and 

 

repeating rhythmic bass loops ( created in real time as unique to each 

 

performance) to create a harmonically enriched, global-rhythm approach to a 

 

variety of musical genre’s while still maintaining the improvisational integrity that is 

 

the ever-present goal of their musical association.

 

    COCO continues to find a variety of musical expressions and opportunities

 

outside the Cobi Monde framework. One such notable association is with the 

 

recording group Catahoula, a New Orleans style R&B vocal group that performs at 

 

various clubs and festivals across California.

In the past few years, Coco has been working steadily with such artists as Pamela Clay in

 

her own woman shows, the ecclectic  group Unkle Monkey and recently is involved with 

 

the creative project of Dean de Benedictis called The Stratos Ensemble and also various

 

freelance work on demand.

    COCO also works full-time as an inside salesman for PM Industrial Supply, a tool

 

supply distributor established in 1956. PMIS is a medium-sized company that caters to

 

machine shops in California and across the USA. The company specializes in precision

 

cutting tools, measuring instruments, and fluids. 

 

COCO finds satisfaction in the way that his business and musical interests influence each

 

other, fully believing that each area complements the other. His position is that working with

 

precision tools has subtly influenced the creation of his Drumhandex set-up as well as its

 

continual modification and evolution; also that he tonal conversations that underlie musical

 

improvisations are directed toward the same types of goals as the conversatons he

 

experiences with his customers in the tool business - the willingness to be open to surprise

 

and resolve uncertainty in both areas has made him more aware of how the dynamics of ebb

 

and flow are important aspects of how creativity operates within each of us.

 

    COCO has made clear that he embraces the variety of ideas that lies in each 

 

of us; and whether in music or business, he welcomes the many influences that 

 

arise as an                 IMPORTANT FACET IN HIS OWN CREATIVITY