Lapis Trio is an acoustic group featuring the compositions of Chicago based jazz guitarist Casey Nielsen. The music draws on his study of the classical guitar and modern jazz. Lapis Trio’s unique instrumentation of classical guitar (Casey Nielsen) upright bass (Dan Thatcher) and Percussion (Tim Mulvenna) provide a rich, dynamic acoustic setting. Their new album, The Travelers, was released March 2019 on Shifting Paradigm Records. Through The Travelers, Casey imagines what he might write if his occupation was to perform a composition every evening for the rest of his community upon their return from work. Every piece would need to immediately engage the audience, by being unique and entertaining. The music, like the returning community members, would need to travel in some sense and then come home. And so he traveled, wrote, performed and returned home.
Casey has played and recorded as a jazz bandleader and sideman in various groups throughout the USA.
Casey performs solo recitals throughout the Chicago area. He has given solo and chamber music concerts for the North Shore Baptist church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Baker Memorial Church, the Northbrook Library, the Elgin Library and Geneva's Fabian Park Japanese Garden series.
“Lapis Trio is a refreshing change as those of us in the northern half of the United States move into Springtime.
The charity of the sound and the richness of the compositions plus the delightful musicianship makes the Trio's debut album an aural treat!” -Richard B Kamins, Step Tempest Blog