Het is vandaag al vijftien jaar geleden dat Dorothy Carter, medestichtster van The Mediaeval Babes, is overleden.

Carter was born in New York and studied classical piano at age six. She later attended Bard College in New York, the London Royal Academy, and Guildhall School of Music in France.
In early the 1970s Carter was a member of the Central Maine Power Music Company with Robert Rutman and Constance Demby. She moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where she continued to collaborate with Rutman, who played his sound sculptures on her second album (zie bovenstaande foto). She regularly played concerts with Rutman’s Steel Cello Ensemble, a collaboration that persisted for decades.
In the 1990s Carter returned to London and founded the all-female revival group Mediæval Bæbes with Katherine Blake of Miranda Sex Garden. The group’s 1997 debut album, “Salva Nos” reached #2 on the classical music charts. Het derde album (“Undrentide”) werd geproduceerd door John Cale.
Not much later Carter returned to New Orleans, residing in a live-in studio on the third floor of a warehouse building where she hosted salons. She died in 2003 of an aneurysm. She is survived by a son and daughter, Justin Carter of Los Angeles, California and Celeste Carter of Picayune, Mississippi and a grandson, Damien Helgason.

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