Steaming towards midwinter here, I have cooked up another cosy heartfelt arts event. Inspired by the Solidarity Session set up my musician Aidan O’Rourke earlier this year, the event will be an opportunity for those who care about people and planet to come together.

Solidarity sessions statement

We will be raising solidarity and funds for Survivors of Torture Relief Fund which supports destitute asylum seekers and refugees here in Manchester. I’m currently collecting an array of great raffle prizes from local independent businesses, and Thyme for a Caper will do a pop-up cafe serving up warming drinks and tasty cakes.

We will have live music from a new Manchester superstar band (they would be most uncomfortable with that description!) RISE! who make “epic songs for epic times”. Alongside singer/songwriter Tekla and the wonderful Open Voice Community Choir which I am a member of. I will be making the most of having a grand piano to get my digits on and will play a few songs with accompanying guests (including the choir!) and a we’ll even have a story reading by writer Michelle Green.

Solstice Solidarity Session Dec 2017

Click here to visit FB event page if you are that way inclined.

Hope to see you there if you’re nearby. If not, it feels even more vital to:

give peas a chance

{ 0 comments }

After performing Mammoth Mountain live at a friend’s birthday party, sculptor Sarah Smith invited me to bring my sound(s) to a new scultpure exhibition Nature, skin and bones which will show at The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, Yorkshire Dales from 3 October – end December 2016.

This wonderful and unique opportunity to respond sensitively to sculpture has also involve collaborating with light and text artist Elisa Artesero. And the process have been rich and a bit radical.

We have spent time at Tom Lord’s wonderful Lower Winskill Farm. Tom farms Lower Winskill to encourage wildlife and protect the historic farming landscape so it has wild flower meadows with flowers that have been there for over 120,00 years. We know this because the fossilised hyena poo found in a nearby cave containing the seeds of the meadow flowers. We went caving, we walked the limestone rich land, we visited each others’ studios/working spaces. And then went away to create, with a solid connection and understanding for what we want the work to do.

Male brown bear skull and mandibles c 12,200 BC. Victoria Cave. Lord Cave Archive.
Male brown bear skull and mandibles c 12,200 BC. Victoria Cave. Lord Cave Archive.

Nature, Skin and Bones will therefore be an exhibition experience with sculpture, light (and shadows) and sound. We are sort of re-creating a cave atmosphere, we are sort of making a statement about nature, nurture, the interdependence of us with our much older, precious planet. Sound wise there will be three moments or sweet spots, using my voice, recordings I made in the caves, a deep drum and a deer toe shaker.

What is “nature” and our changing relationship with it?

I have been pondering recently that getting out to nature in England for me really means getting out to un-natural man-made landscapes with the prevalence of heather moorland and minus the many trees and wildlife that would make it more natural.

It’s a crazy wonderful. And I feel so lucky and privileged (holistically speaking) to have these opportunities.

{ 0 comments }

Off the Wall at the newly restored Bramall Hall

August 10, 2016 Uncategorized

It’s been a busy and thoroughly fun summer working with some amazing community groups and wonderful residents of Stockport.
Commissioned by passionate creative producers Let’s Go, myself and the awesome Louise Wallwein (poet, writer, playwright) have been working as resident artists for the project which culminates in a community takeover event at the newly restored [...]

Read the full article →

‘Crazy Wonderful’ video from new album “Everything Gives to Something Else”

June 30, 2016 Uncategorized

Feels particularly fitting at the moment..

Crazy Wonderful from caro c on Vimeo.
Video by the wonderful digital artist/creative technologist Andrea Pazos with an excerpt from “Persona” by Ingmar Bergman.
The story behind this one is that after living nearly 20 years in pretty full on physical pain, I was given the gift of an operation which [...]

Read the full article →

My new creative electronic music album is go!

May 23, 2016 Everything Gives to Something Else album
Thumbnail image for My new creative electronic music album is go!

Welcome to my third album Everything Gives to Something Else!
Everything Gives to Something Else by Caro C
Please absorb with decent ear/headphones or speakers to really appreciate the full picture of this lovingly crafted music.

Heartmind Preylude from caro c on Vimeo.
More info about the album on the new album page.

Read the full article →

Everything Gives to Something Else – new album is take off on 21 May!

April 21, 2016 Uncategorized

Well my third album, entitled Everything Gives to Something Else, is very nearly completed and then ready to fly.
Official release date is Friday 20 May. Cherished crowdfunders should have received their copy by then.

This new 8 track collection upon the themes of inter-connection and compassion will be launched on
21 MAY 2016 as part of a [...]

Read the full article →

New album “Everything Gives to Something Else” currently in construction

January 26, 2016 Uncategorized

I am now getting stuck into making my third album and first release as Caro C. Lucky me!
Everything Gives to Something Else has a theme, an array of wonderful guest voices & musicians and my usual unusual palette of electronic music, found sounds, my voice and piano.
With very much appreciated backing via crowdfunding, I can [...]

Read the full article →

Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 at HOME Manchester, Sunday 17 Jan 2016

December 14, 2015 Uncategorized

Preparations for our third Delia Derbyshire Day are now in full swing! I work as project manager & co-curator for this event that honours the work and archive of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyhire (1937-2001). Since DD Day 2014, there has been two fascinating new donations to the archive – experimental art films for which [...]

Read the full article →

New album crowdfunding campaign is go!

November 9, 2015 Everything Gives to Something Else album

I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone once more and now excited to be launching my first crowdfunding campaign for my new album called Everything Gives to Something Else.
The theme for this album is interconnection, compassion and living more from the heart and body (less from the confines of the head). The new collection [...]

Read the full article →

Music technology courses in schools in Manchester 2015-2016

September 28, 2015 Uncategorized

I am very pleased that Manchester Music Hub has taken on my Delia Derbyshire inspired Music Technology courses as a ‘New Initiative’ for the academic year 2015-2016.

This means that we can offer our refined 5 week courses for upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6) in up to 30 primary schools in the [...]

Read the full article →