“Clearly, Carmen Braden is an exceptional artist with distinct stories and music that Canadians, and the world, need to hear.”- John Miller, Artistic Producer, Stratford Summer Music
WCMA-nominee Carmen Braden is an emerging force in the world of new music, hailing proudly from the Canadian sub-Arctic with her home base in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. “A talented, bold musician” (Up Here Magazine), Carmen is a life-long Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen).
As a composer/performer creatively harvesting the sounds of the north, Carmen writes and performs music tied to the sub-Arctic soundscape and beyond. Her instrumental, vocal, choral, and electroacoustic music delves into ravens, lake ice, rock, sundogs… Her jazz-influenced and adventurous art song-style tells of life in the north through clever story and cheeky song. Much of this has been captured on her newly released debut album, RAVENS, released January 2017 on the Centrediscs label.
Stages Carmen has played include the National Arts Centre, Folk on the Rocks, Northern Arts & Cultural Centre, and Atlin Arts & Music Festival. Carmen tours solo and with a trio or a quartet. She also delivers customized workshops on music education, composition and improvisation.
Her music has been performed by violinist James Ehnes, the Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers, the Penderecki Quartet, and the Land’s End Ensemble. Carmen was nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year.
Beauty, curiosity, deep listening, and careful sound-making - these drive Carmen’s art: listening to her landscape, exploring it with all of her senses, then bringing / driving / embedding it bedrock-deep into music. Her landscape is her soundscape.