Formed in 1994, the performance orchestra COOCOOHANDLER is a hybrid of musical theater, chamber music and performance art. The name derived from James Joyce’s description of the character Earwick in Finnegan’s Wake. COOCOOHANDLER is composed of Paul Braucher, guitarist, writer and painter, Tom Burnett, performer, musician, writer and poet, Matt Hausmann, percussionist, sculptor, and installation artist, and David Yearwood, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and costumer. The band infuses whimsical tales with dizzying humor, drawing from backgrounds in music, painting, installation, theater and performance. COOCOOHANDLER performed The Myth of Cosmogonia at The Kitchen in the winter of 1997.