CARMEN BRADEN

As a composer/performer creatively harvesting the sounds of the north, Carmen Braden 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, sundodgs. Her jazz- influenced and adventurous art song-style tells of life in the north through clever story and cheeky song, captured on her newly released debut album, RAVENS, on the Centrediscs label. Stages Carmen has played include the National Arts Centre, Folk on the Rocks, Northern Arts & Cultural Centre, and Stratford Summer Music. Carmen tours solo and with a trio or a quartet. She also delivers customized workshops on music education, composition and improvisation. 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.

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.

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.