Current projects/LIVE

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Amidst my work as creative facilitator roles, my third album EVERYTHING GIVES TO SOMETHING ELSE is out there, and Delia Derbyshire Day 2019 is underway.

I am in the process of cooking up a new collection, but do feel free to lure me out of my cave if you want me to play live. I have my more piano/ambient based stuff and then my more funky and punky set using only an Ableton push controller and a mic.

I also increasingly get invited to talk about my somewhat unconventional music trajectory – only sharing my story in the hope that I can show others it’s possible to follow your passion despite a few barriers and not being musically trained as a child.

:::LIVE DATES:::

FRI 1 NOV – Manchester, The Peer Hat – a mini commission with the brilliant Dan Hett – Foundation Festival tickets.

foundations festival 2019

Previous gigs include locations such as Berlin, Aberbeen, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Blue Dot Festival, Festival Number 6, Royal Institute of Science (London), Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester), Manchester Art Gallery, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Vienna, Newcastle and many more..

SSS St mags soundcheck 4blog

SAT 30 NOV – London, British Library – as part of Delia Derbyshire Day 2019 LDN edition I will perform my creative response to the Delia Derbyshire Archive with live visuals by Andrea Pazos. More info coming soon.

:::RECENT PROJECTS:::

In the Footsteps – Manchester Art Gallery
A collaborative performance commission by Madelon Hooykaas (moving image, live drawing) and Caro C (on prepared piano, voice and found sound electronic music) inspired by Li Yuan Chia and Delia Derbyshire. Supported by LYC Foundation and Manchester Art Gallery.

Trailer – In the Footsteps (of Delia Derbyshire and Li Yuan-chia), with Madelon Hooykaas and Caro C at Manchester Art Gallery from LunaFilm on Vimeo.

Company of Others – Crackle.Dust – dance theatre
Live music and sound design for a piece honouring over 250 stories about endings.

Lawr I’r Mor/Down To the Sea, Cearnarfon
A sound/music and dance collaboration commissioned by STAMP/Castell 03, an arts festival based in the unique town of Caernarfon in North Wales.

Robot Orchestra Collective – Data Sonification
I have been learning about data sonification for a new piece of music for Manchester Science Partnerships via Squirrel Nation. We used data from Mobike usage for August 2017 to create a new piece of music with animated video. Collaborating with Noisy Toys and Harry Ovington (data sonification composer).

ROC performance kit pic 4BLOG

Dreamers by Elisa Artesero – My first music for dance commission! Dancers are students at Manchester College choreographed by Belinda Grantham, responding to Elisa’s sculptural light work.

DREAMERS 1

Chester University – Teaching student teachers
I was invited back to run a module for nearly qualified teachers about using music technology (mainly Garageband app) in primary schools to aid music education and creative curriculum learning. I find this work very rewarding as passionate new teachers become confident with technology and aware of accessibility and diversity in music education.

Sonic Seasoning
A mini-commission by Free Word (London) to create music to accompany food as sonic seasoning – a cross-modal area of research that claims that sound may affect your sense of taste.

sonic seas feedback

Hayling Stories

Research and Development phase for a digital literature called “Hayling Stories”. Supported by Arts Council England, commissioned by writer Michelle Green and working in collaboration with writer/lecturer David Cooper and artist/poet Maya Chowdhry.

Robot Orchestra

Myself and composer/producer/percussionist Emma Welsby aka Uno Prism were commissioned to create a new track using using sounds from Robots made by primary and secondary schools, University of Manchester students and Noisy Toys. We came up with an avant-garde cover of a well-known song which was first performed at Manchester Science Festival 2016 and then at The Trafford Centre and Hallé St Peters Hall.

Researcher for a feature film about female pioneers of electronic music – I was asked by film director Lisa Rovner to act as UK researcher for a feature length documentary about female pioneers in electronic music. The BFI supported film is currently in production. More news to follow as this exciting project develops.

Sarah Smith sculpture exhibition – “Nature, skin and bones”

I was invited by sensual sculptor Sarah Smith to accompany her exhibition “Nature, skin and bones” first exhibited at The Dales Countryside Museum in the lovely limestone land of Hawes, Yorkshire Dales, Oct-Dec 2016. This wonderful and unique opportunity to respond sensitively to sculpture also involved collaborating with light and word artist Elisa Artesero.

Sound and Music – Google Cultural Institute exhibition

I was invited by Sound and Music to create a Google Cultural Institute online exhibition responding to the British Music Collection housed at Heritage Quay in Huddersfield. I do love a good rummage in an archive, it brings out the Alice in Wonderland in me. Some fascinating and amusing gems in there including immense graphic scores and essays by composer and community music dude Trevor Wishart and curious works for tape by Janet Beat. Click here to visit my Rare as a Green Dog Google exhibition.

DELIA DERBYSHIRE DAY

Caro C live at Delia Derbyshire Day, Band on the Wall, Jan 2013. Photo by Line Chauveaux

After the shimmering success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013, 2014 & 2016 plus touring in England, we are now a registered charity and have recently completed a Heritage Lottery Fund supported special Delia Derbyshire 80th Birthday electronic music heritage project, for which I was Project Manager.

It has been a wonderful experience spreading the legacy and work of the late great Delia D producing events, music making workshops and commissioning new work. This has also involved sharing my response to Delia’s fascinating archive (housed here in Manchester) entitled Audient, My Dear for software, hardware, voice, ruler and ping pong ball with live visual accompaniment by Andrea Pazos since 2014.

We have been to Festival No.6, Blue Dot Festival, Full of Noises (Barrow, Cumbria), FACT (Liverpool), Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hebden Bridge, Norwich Arts Centre, Horse Hospital in London, Oxford for OCM, Leeds College of Music and even Berlin. I also made an appearance on CBBC Dick and Dom’s Absolute Genius episode about Delia Derbyshire and performed at Ada Lovelace Day 2014, a science cabaret celebrating Women in STEM at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Caro C live with visuals by Kara Blake at Sheffield Queen's Social Club, Jan 2013. Photo by Simon Foster

ELECTRO BRASS – a commission for Durham Brass Festival with composer/trumpeter Eve Harrison for Durham Brass Festival in 2014. Click here to hear Electro-Brass studio recording.

live at RNCM, Manchester. Pic by Samscan

live at RNCM, Manchester. Pic by Samscan