XMALIA features songs about extinct animals such as the Tasmanian Tiger, the Pyrenean Ibex the Xerces Butterfly, plus a Dodo-trapeze act. This entertaining tragedy is hosted by a lonely mortician, who summons the animals back to life for her Graveyard Cabaret.
C. Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary musician and artist. Weaving together songs on ukulele, singing saw and accordion with projections and movement, her work reveals a terrain of lost dreams and phantom memories. Ryder has performed in numerous bands including Fall Harbor, The Ramblin Jug Stompers, The Darklings, Corner Tour and Down River.
ANIMALIA is a performance series, an animation and an illustrated book.