Caroline Phillips

Vocals, hurdy-gurdy

Credit: James Duncan Davidson

Click here to see Caroline Phillips performing at TED Global in Oxford : http://www.ted.com/talks/caroline_phillips_hurdy_gurdy_for_beginners.html

Born in San Francisco, California to a family of Greek and Persian origin, she recieved musical training from a very young age and studied classical piano and voice. Committed to vocal study, she studied classical voice 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 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 is also curator of TEDxBasqueCountry a conference which takes place in the Basque Country.