Composer Madeleine Cocolas.

Composer Madeleine Cocolas.

by Maggie Stapleton

Music has always been a passion for Madeleine Cocolas, Australian-born and now Seattle-based. When her husband landed a job in Seattle and they moved here a year and a half ago, she found a great opportunity to focus on composition in a project called “52 Weeks,” in which she’s composing one new piece every week for a whole year.  With only a handful of weeks to go, she is nearly complete and she came here to chat about it with Second Inversion, sharing stories about 12 of the pieces!


Madeleine says this music is a reflection of how she feels each week and her response to living in Seattle…. “It’s fun to look back and trace my moods!”  She’s drawn inspiration from a lot of sounds around Seattle (construction noises, for instance!) and the dark grey of colors of winter, represented in some melancholy piano music.  Be sure to follow Madeleine (Blog, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud) as her project concludes in the coming weeks.  We can’t wait to see what the next project will bring!

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