Amidst ample music technology education work and other creative facilitator roles, my third album is now out there, Delia Derbyshire Day is going from strength to strength and a few new commissions in the pipeline.
After a magic release party and some nice Euro gigs sharing my new album “Everything Gives to Something Else” in late 2016, I quite fancy more Caro C almost unplugged gigs like the one I did for our wonderful “Solstice Solidarity Session” which included a choir!
A few nice responses so far to “Everything Gives to Something Else” experienced live:
“Enchantingly wonderful and emotional and soncially captivating”
“A mesmerising performance”
“Beautiful night, beautiful gig” Kirsty Almeida of The Wonder Inn
“Moving. Deep. Transcendental. Real. Funny. Sensuous. In the now.”
“Refreshing, different & enlightening – loved the whole sensual experience.”
“Am left feeling calm and centred & hopeful about the human condition – a gift, thank you.”
Myself and composer/producer/percussionist Emma Welsby aka Uno Prism have come up with an avant-garde cover of a well-known song which was first performed at Manchester Science Festival 2016, using sounds from Robots made by primary and secondary schools, University of Manchester and Noisy Toys. More performances of the Robot Orchestra are being planned for 2017.
Sarah Smith sculpture exhibition – “Nature, skin and bones” – Oct-Dec 2016
I was invited by sensual sculptor Sarah Smith to compliment her new exhibition “Nature, skin and bones” which was first exhbited 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. Scheduled to be part of Yorkshire National Park’s Open Studios event in June 2017.
Sound and Music – Google Cultural Institute exhibition – Summer 2016
I was invited by Sound and Music to create a Google Cultural Institute online exhibition responding to the British Music Collection which is 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 seriously 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
After the shimmering success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013, 2014 & 2016 plus touring in England, we are now a registered charity and have recently successfully been awarded Heritage Lottery Fund support for a special Delia Derbyshire 80th Birthday electronic music heritage project, for which I am Project Manager.
It has been a wonderful experience spreading the legacy and work of the late great Delia D with events, music making workshops and new artist commissions. 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 FACT (Liverpool), Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hebden Bridge, Norwich Arts Centre, Horse Hospital in London, Oxford for OCM, Leeds College of Music and even a gig in Berlin. I also made an appearance on span style=”color:#ffffff;”>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.
ELECTRO BRASS – a commission for Durham Brass Festival – with composer/trumpeter Eve Harrison which had its first performaances at Durham Brass Festival in JULY 2014. Click here to hear Electro-Brass studio recording