Caroline Phillips plays hurdy-gurdy and sings. A founder of the group BIDAIA, she contributes to the composition and recording process.
Born to a family of Greek, Persian and Scottish origins, she received musical training from a very young age and studied classical piano and voice.
Committed to vocal study, she studied in Paris for four years, then turned to jazz and other vocal styles (East Indian and Maroccan). Throughout her years as a professional musician, she regularly performed in jazz clubs and toured with her one-woman show in the Carribean and North Africa.
She began composing at an early age, in a Prince-meets-Kate-Bush-style that could only be attributed to her affinity for the 70’s. She moved to the Basque Country in 1992 and after hearing Clemencic Consort, became immediately smitten with the Hurdy-gurdy.
Although she continues to play the piano, in 1998 she began to compose and interpret Bidaia’s compositions on the hurdy-gurdy. She has spoken and performed at TED Global in Oxford and at other conferences including Thinking Digital (UK).
See Caroline perform at TEDGlobal
The almost surreal vocals of Caroline Phillips are a central, if not solely defining, part of the sound, as her soaring voice is merged into a wall-of-sound created by the instruments in a sharp and stunning series of arrangements - CDRoots
Caroline also owns the advertising and software development company, pic.digital