The Roches + 1 to appear at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts April 17


The Roches - Maggie, Terre and Suzzy - are coming to Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts, Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. This distinctive group is a close-knit family of musicians that grows tighter musically with every year and for this show, they welcome the next Roche generation as opener: Lucy Wainwright Roche, a well-known singer-songwriter in her own right.

Together the Roches have created fifteen recordings in various configurations and have performed for twenty years as a trio throughout Europe and the United States in a wide variety of venues from their sold out show at Carnegie Hall to street corners of New York City. Whether as a trio, duo or solo, each recording is as distinct as a snowflake. They have defied definition and are so wildly individual, that their music is known as "Roche" music.

Always keeping a fresh approach to their music, they expanded in the 1990s to pursue solo projects. They produced such memorable works as Terre's stunning "Sound of a Tree Falling," Suzzy's bittersweet "Holy Smokes" and "Songs From An Unmarried Housewife and Mother," which became the New York Times' Album of the Week; Maggie and Suzzy combined as a duo to create the highly acclaimed and unusual collections of prayers, "Zero Church."

Together again in 2007 after years of collaborating with other groups and musicians, The Roches decided to see what would happen if they got together to create new songs. What happened was "Moonswept," a personal and communal work described by them as "all about love, growing up and surviving." Only a few other trusted musicians were a part of this venture including Suzzy's and Loudon Wainwright III's daughter Lucy who sang her own composition, "Long Before."

Lucy's style has been called by NPR, "Sincere and raw ... Roche's bittersweet voice leaps out; she paints an indelible image" and The New York Times pegged her essence when they wrote, "her clear, steady voice feels like a beacon of sorts, slicing straight through the room." With two of her own albums out and demanding attention, she has already made her own musical mark and it seems she is exploding fast on to the indie-folk scene.

Fans of The Roches and fans of the next Roche generation will find a family alive with talent on the stage at the Quick Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $40, $35 and are available online at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Sign up at fairfield.edu/quick to receive e-mails for special offers and discounts for Quick Center shows.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 26, 2009

Vol. 41, No. 268