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Carola Baer

Currently performs in Ruby Dawn, a new  international collaboration that formed in July 2020.  The band  perform hypnotic ambient and power grooves with a social conscience creating a lush and unique progressive sound that weaves emotional intensity with captivating lyrical expressions.  Like an amalgamation of a Massive Attack  Floydian Mazzy Star,  the listener is taken on a haunting but beautiful journey that echoes and whispers subtle sounds of hope and stark reminders of humanity. Carola also performs as a solo artist and collaborates with various musicians around the globe.

Carola’s Tape

14 Nov 2017 – Carola has been making major news – a 27 year old tape of her music was discovered in a charity shop in the USA, and led to a record deal.

Read about it here (Ignore the video at the top, which is about someone else)

Audio of interview with BBC national local radio here

Audio of interview with BBC Surrey prime-time breakfast show here.

About

Carola Baer grew up in West London and moved to the US in her early 20’s. She settled in San Francisco where she met Ian Butler, who helped and inspired her to begin composing her own piano based material. She then spent 4 years collaborating with Mike Freeman creating politically based industrial sounds and multimedia performances in a band called Process. Carola has extensively experimented with vocal free-form improvisation in order to find what she believes the true or pure melody of a piece of music. In the vein of Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance, she explored and produced a number of musical expressions using ethnic melodies, wordless vocalizations and spoken sounds  that resulted in the release of Story of Valerie .  In the late 90’s Carola finally formed her own band called Flowers for Delia with bassist Steve Brown and guitarist Tim Foley, and began playing live in a variety of small venues around San Francisco. After relocating to Seattle in 2007, she partnered up with David Rispoli and produced a full CD titled Land of Blue. Their collaborative project was cut short when she finally returned to the UK after 20 years in the States  .  In 2015 Carola formed an alternative progressive rock band with Dave Salsbury and David Lambert called Quiet Wish. The band was signed to Progressive Gears Music and received outstanding reviews and even standing ovations when they played. The band unfortunately broke up mid 2019.  Carola has now formed a new band called Ruby Dawn with Guitarist Stu Crawford-Browne, Bassist Anne Emmerson, and Drummer Joshua Rose.  Ruby Dawn started  in July 2020 right after lockdown rules were eased and they will soon begin to record their first album.  The music of Carola Baer as expressed by her band Ruby Dawn  is  a collection of  power driven musical intensities, emotive concerns,  questions and subtle hopes.  The lyrics tell a story inspired by Carola’s humanitarian and environmental concerns. As the grand daughter of Rupen Metrobian, sole survivor of his family after the 1915 Armenian genocide, she speaks out against all forms of injustice whenever she can through her music.

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