coo:ya's music is written by Yasuyuki Honda (a.k.a. Kurage Honda), former keyboardist of “GRASS VALLEY” - a revolutionary band that debuted on the New Wave scene in the 1980s. After disbanding, Honda continued to write music and work as a sound producer for other artists and OVAs. Honda formed "face to ace" in 2001 with Ace Shimizu, who is the former guitarist of Seikima-II.
coo:ya's words are thoughtfully crafted and brought to life by miyo, who stays true to the culture of her native Japan where there was once a belief that a spiritual force known as "kotodama" reside in words. miyo has worked on writing and a variety of other creative projects mainly in her former prefecture of Aichi. Since 2008, miyo has been the vocalist of the band "Tokyo Anastasia." She also works as a model and an MC.
Miyo and Honda, both skeptical of the mainstream "royal road" of the Japanese music scene, met in 1998 via a music producer. They immediately hit it off and formed the band coo:ya.
coo:ya's lyrics are all in Japanese (except for their early works), due to miyo's love for the intrinsic beauty of the language. Their songs weave yin and yang of emotions that are universal to all human beings. coo:ya continues to depict an agonizing, visional, and yet realistic world through their personal mind filters, without being confined to any genre of music.
As coo:ya only releases songs that both miyo and Honda are truly satisfied with, the unveiling of new work is highly irregular. coo:ya does not perform live shows, which makes them a solitary band that is far away from "commercial music'.