Coco's News October 2015

The first couple of weeks of spring have been amazing, largely because I had had enough of the cold and could finally sit on my couch on the deck and enjoy the sun!

I’ve just had an exceptional weekend with my daughter recording ‘Heart of an Angel’ at Soundfarm in Taupo. We had so much fun with the spring baby animals, the dogs, the cows, the quad bike and the sunshine.

Tony Strong is not only a genius when it comes to production but is a fantastic cook as well, so in short this did not feel like work at all!

Now that this song is finished all I need to do is get it mastered in Wellington tomorrow and then, hopefully, we can release it before the end of the year. I think it’s a wee bit of a genre bender and hope it’s received in the same way it was composed.

I am really happy to be able to write again, as it has been a challenging year and I did not manage to post monthly news due to other commitments, family and house hunting.

Last month, I was very fortunate to be part of the Martinborough Jazz Festival alongside my jazz friends David Feehan and Dawn Elder, see photos.

It is always a great pleasure to be part of such a fantastic venue and sing in front of so many jazz lovers! I loved the feedback in Martinborough, and that a lot of people have asked me to sing more Boleros, the slow songs in Spanish about life, love, loss and hope. Unfortunately, some of these themes stayed very close to my heart as I came home to a very ill child who ended up being admitted to hospital that same week. My poor wee angel has been ill for more than 2 months but we are so happy that she is finally getting better.

On a brighter note, I just found out that my all-time favourite Spanish singer Diego El Cigala is coming to New Zealand next year. He will be playing in March at the Womad Festival in Taranaki and I can’t wait to finally see him perform live!! He is such an inspiration and even if you are not into Flamenco, he does so much more, Tango, Boleros, Rancheros. He truly brings colour, passion, dedication, aspiration, musicianship and joy to my musical life.

My next gig will be a private function at Te Papa in November, unfortunately not open to the public, but I will keep you posted once I get more details about my summer schedule.

This is all for now; summer, here we come...

Musically yours,

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