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    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

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