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  • Maggie Cocco at Common Room Hastings: Full Show

    After two years of immersion in folk music here in NZ I think I’m getting the hang of it! Watch this impromptu opening set for Bill Angus. It’ll take a bit more experience yet to be fully comfortable in this genre, but damn this felt good! Even (or especially) due to a couple hours notice […]

  • Music Education: How to cover a song without mimicking the original artist

    The amazing Laura Yakas posed this query, and it’s an important one! Here are some exercises I do with my students to help break away from the original and develop your own unique approach to any song🎙 #voicelessons #singing #findyourvoice Once you’ve broken free of the impulse to mimic an OA (original artist), you’re on […]

  • Thanksgiving with Maggie Cocco Music

    Maggie Cocco & Matt Shepherd at Roost, Thanksgiving 2022 I’ve been enjoying curating setlists for special events lately. When Roost (an American inspired restaurant in NZ) asked me to play “authentic American Thanksgiving music” for their first annual Thanksgiving dinner, I had to give it a think. As my fellow Americans know, there isn’t really […]

  • Wales v New Zealand Women’s Rugby World Cup Half Time Show feat Maggie Cocco Music

    Wales v New Zealand Women’s Rugby World Cup Half Time Show feat Maggie Cocco Music

    A bao bun, some chippies, a waltz around the arena, and it’s dusk. New Zealand has an insurmountable lead over Wales at half time. The crowd has doubled to an impressive 16,500+ and the happy carnival-like atmosphere has intensified. I am calm. It’s just a gig. This is what I was born for. I’ve never […]

  • France v Italy Women’s Rugby World Cup Half Time Show feat WADPA & Maggie Cocco Music

    France v Italy Women’s Rugby World Cup Half Time Show feat WADPA & Maggie Cocco Music

    One week ago today… The green room is right next to the warmup field. It’s surreal for me and the dancers to be warming up alongside world class athletes from across the globe. The dancers run their set to the sound of my acoustic, shouts of camaraderie in languages foreign, and the distant thunder of […]

  • DUET WITH ME! And watch WADPA DANCE dress rehearsal for Women’s Rugby World Cup with Maggie Cocco Music

    A group of awesome wahine have afforded me the opportunity to play for a stadium of rugby fans…WITH FRIENDS AND DANCERS!!!! I’ve two five minute half time performances which I’m excited to tell you about now! The first set features dancers from WADPA DANCE 🙌 I’ll sing Itches to Scratch by NZ singer-songwriter, Taylah, and […]

  • The meaning behind “Science for Sociopaths” and new music with Beagle Radio

    The meaning behind “Science for Sociopaths” and new music with Beagle Radio

    I had a really enjoyable interview with Beagle Radio’s Damian Pullen about the new show and why I call the project “Science for Sociopaths”. Interview starts at 7 minutes. Listen at the link above or watch behind the scenes with Micky.  New Song Cycle Premieres TONIGHT with Whangarei Fringe at the Octagon Theatre  Musically yours, […]

  • Add lyrics to “What Else?” from Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths

    Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths creates song cycles about interpersonal and systemic abuse and resilience. Cycles are performed as multimedia shows featuring local visual artists and audience interpretation.  Join Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths in our first ever lyric-based audience participation. “What Else” is about illustrating dissonance between the narratives we [individuals/society] propagate and reality.  Ex […]

  • Video Playback: New Science for Sociopaths at Quaranpalooza

    Only one week left till the full premiere of new Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths at Whangarei Fringe Festival! I tested out some of the new material on a virtual audience this past week at Quaranpalooza. This chill monthly online benefit concert features artists with ties to the Bay Area, and has been ticking over […]

  • Press Week

    Press week sounds like a real thing, but (in this context, at least) it’s just me realizing I’ve been in the papers more this past week than most. Girls Rock Detroit and George Montrelle hooked me up with this Voyage Michigan feature, and the Fringe Festival media team with the Northern Advocate and The Big […]