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Carole Nelson Trio

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Carole Nelson piano / Cormac O’Brien double bass / Dominic Mullan drums 

Carole Nelson “a rare and quite likely undervalued talent” (The Irish Times) presents the premiere of The Last Song, our third artist commissioned by the BAN BAM scheme in Dublin. The three-part suite is based on the story of the Hawiian Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird, which became extinct in the 1980s. A recording was made of the mating call of what was possibly the last of its species.

Carole performs with her two integral collaborators, Cormac O’Brien and Dominic Mullan; the suite is in 3 parts, striking a balance between composed and improvised pieces, exploring through sound the moving story of this extinction as one amongst the thousands now happening every day. 

After a debut performance at the 2015 Dublin Piano Trio Festival, the Carole Nelson Trio recorded their first album One Day in Winter, inspired by the South Carlow landscape of Carole’s home. It traces the arc of a winter’s day between the Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains – a journey through a human landscape as much as a physical one: meditation, wonder, playfulness, contemplation of ageing and death, human warmth and companionship. 

The trio’s second album Arboreal (Blackstairs Records) was made with the support of the Irish Arts Council and Carlow Arts and is a composer’s response to the question ‘How can artists respond to the climate and ecological emergencies?’ 

BAN BAM is a biennial commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists from across Ireland from Improvised Music Company (IMC) Dublin and Moving On Music (MoM) Belfast. 

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Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

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