Raised in Toronto, New Mexico, Texas, Saskatchewan and Hawaii, Sheenah Ko has lived most of her life moving across North America with a thirst for discovery. Having grown up in an artistic family, Sheenah began composing original songs and studying piano and percussion when she was 5. By the time she was 16, she was touring across North America performing vibraphone in competitive percussion ensembles.
Multi-disciplinary, it wasn’t until 2010 that Sheenah decided to dive headfirst into music and leave her professional career in humanitarian aid to become a performance artist in Montreal. Exploring the depths of her musical talents, Sheenah has been crossing musical genres and performing with a wide variety of professional music ensembles. In 6 years, she’s shared the stage and toured North America and Europe with musicians from The Band, Lou Reed, Ron Sexsmith, The Barenaked Ladies, and the Nylons. Presently, she is the full-time keyboardist/percussionist for The Besnard Lakes (Jagjagwar) and continues to tour with Little Scream (Merge Records), Antoine Corriveau (Coyote Records), Thor Harris (from Swans), Navet Confit and Pang Attack.
It wasn’t until 2014 that Sheenah began sharing her original compositions with audiences. She released her first EP, Let Go, an album she recorded/produced fully independently and was presented as a theatrical performance with a full band and dance troupe. In 2016, she began her first-ever solo performances without band accompaniment of brand new material; inspiring and dramatic performances with analog keyboards and synths, driving beats, fierce, enigmatic vocals, beautiful visuals and a contemporary dancer. Her solo performances opening for bands such as Liima/Efterklang (4AD), Ex Eye at Sled Island, and The World Provider have been described as hypnotic, powerful, emotional, vulnerable, trippy and sensual. She is currently recording her first studio album, due to be released in the fall of 2017.