Carmen Braden is a strong force in the world of new and creative music, hailing proudly from Yellowknife NWT. As a performer, Carmen is “growing into the role of acoustic ambassador of the Canadian Subarctic” (Musicworks). She has played intimate theatres and MainStage folk festivals, seamlessly bringing her songs and compositions together. Her contemporary classical compositions are nationally recognized, with commissions and performances by world class ensembles and performers including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, James Ehnes and the Canadian Chamber Choir.
Carmen has released two professional released studio albums: Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars (2019) and Ravens (2017) on the Centrediscs Label. Carmen won the 2019 WCMA for Classical Composer of the Year, and has been nominated for ECMA Classical Album of the Year (2020), WCMA Classical Artist of the Year (2019), and WCMA Classical Composition of the Year (2017). About her latest album:“Braden’s music is clear, and it is bright...this recording is captured psychogeography” (Whole Note); and her songwriting is “quirky and clever...à la Joni Mitchell” (The WholeNote). As an educator, Carmen regularly gives workshops, individual instruction, guest lectures and collaboration facilitation ranging from songwriting to composition at elementary through university levels. Carmen is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre, and is signed to Magnum Opus Management.