Review Rare as a Green Dog electronic music event Manchester Green Room Bar 24 Nov 2007
The RaGD event at the Green Room Bar Manchester took place on 24 November 2007. It was an exciting evening with groundbreaking live music and a great atmosphere. The event was instigated and organised by electronic artist and composer caro snatch, alias Caroline Churchill.
Rare as a Green Dog is a live music and performance event instigated by electronic artist and composer caro snatch. The aim of RaGD is to offer a stimulating and daring cross-arts showcase whilst increasing the profile and representation of women in electronic arts in Manchester.
The RaGD evening at the Green Room Bar on 24 November 2007 was a special occasion as RaGD expanded to bring a wider selection of electronic music, live art performance, visual stimuli, a ’'doodle the rare dog in you' gallery expansion (contributions invited) and fancy dress prizes.
Live acts on the bill included the enigmatic and awe-some (in its original meaning) The Sisters of Transistors with their organ “wall of cheese overload’'. caro snatch, dubbed a ’'one-woman electronic avalanche', did a special live set featuring guest collaborators Shirokuma, Dylemma, Caroline Thorp and Contraption from Liverpool.
Peterloo Massacre, decribed as “Manchester’'s Portishead reincarnated” also performed Beat poets from Contact Theatre’s Raw Artists, DJs Connectionist, DJ Suut from Barcelona and the new Manchester-based label/hub Rebellious Jukebox completed the aural stimulation.
Performances by Stavroula Kounadez and other live performers were added to the mix, as well as Digital Donut, caro snatch's electronically generated live effects and visuals.
Rare is the word, and to the uninitiated, it means daring to do your own thing – experimental and perhaps a bit mental but fun and stimulation for the head, heart and haunches.
There were prizes for those who came in rare attire. This extravaganza took place at the Green Room, Saturday 24 November 9pm to 2am. Tickets cost £5/£3 concessions thanks to Arts Council support.
Caroline Churchill, aka caro snatch, is an electronic composer and performer with experience gained all over the UK and in Europe. After releasing 2 EPs and a solo album she was awarded a Travel and Training grant in 2005 from the Arts Council North East to spend time in Berlin, one of Europe's foremost centres for electronic arts.
During her time in Berlin she played at important venues and collaborated with key musicians, visual artists and fashion designers. Her live event Rare as a Green Dog was launched in Berlin and has led to many flourishing collaborations.
Her debut album Es Muss Sein (it must be or it’s gotta be done) was released in Berlin in 2006 by Phonector, promoted by a tour of European capitals. She composed the soundtrack for the feature film ’'The Other Possibility’' by Pinball films. She is an active member of international electronic arts networks and acts as a mentor for young women going into electronic music.
She came to Manchester in February 2007 to undertake the Diploma in Audio Engineering at the School of Sound Recording. In April 2007 she was awarded EVNTS competition grant to stage at Rare as a Green dog event as part of Futuresonic 2007, showcasing mainly female artists from Manchester and Leeds. She hopes to set up RaGD as a creative business to manage events and artists as well as promote her own career.
Written by Aidan O'Rourke