Caro Manins aka Carolina Moon, is a multi-faceted singer, composer and performer, whose project palette is wonderfully diverse, drawing inspiration from a range of medieval, traditional world musics and jazz - from the American Songbook to New Orleans, Monk and French Manouche. Her performance credits include New Zealand, the Greater Pacific, Australia, the UK and Europe, India and China.
Caro has walked a personal and intimate path through the lore and traditions of medieval and world song, traveling and studying in India and France. She sings in many multi-lingual contexts, including songs in Ladino, Medieval Spanish derivatives, French, Medieval French, Greek, Gaelic and English. Her Sephardic CD Mother Tongue has received critical acclaim and has toured nationally and internationally.
Caro was born on the wild west coast of England into a musical family. She trained in jazz in Liverpool and London, cutting her teeth on the London jazz scene of the 90's. She toured with John Taylor, Norma Winston and the Guildhall Big Band, and worked in many other projects. The sounds and flavours she absorbed at this time underpin her jazz aesthetic and her artistic benchmark to this day.
Moving to Sydney in the Noughties where she lived and performed for 10 years, Caro released the first of her CDs. The Shaman's Kiss was nominated for a Bell in the Australian Jazz Awards in 2003. Her subsequent CDs East of the Sun and Mother Tongue were both released in New Zealand where she is now based. She is currently working on her next recording.
In addition to her Jazz and Carolina Moon projects, Caro also features with Jonathan Besser's Zestniks, Frank Gibson's Hardbopmobile, Divas with a Twist, La Luna and Club Manouche, Acapollinations, Speakeasy Bootleg Band (UK),
Caro is also a Director and Co-founder of The Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa. She has been teaching for the University of Auckland for the past 8 years and coaches privately from her home studio.