Candle Ice premiere received as “Drop-dead gorgeous”!

IMG_6158The Gryphon Trio premiered my newest piano trio Candle Ice on Wednesday August 6 2014 at Dominion Chalmers United Church at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Being surrounded by so many performers, presenters and audience members all passionate about chamber music was a new – and invigorating – experience. It was great feeling to have my music played beside music of R. Murray Schafer and Dinuk Wijerante. Thank you so much to the Gryphon Trio!

Ottawa Citizen – “Two world premieres, the Ottawa premiere of a work by R. Murray Schafer and a trio by Tchaikovsky, were all played by one of Canada’s most eminent ensembles, the Gryphon Trio. There was a substantial audience at Dominion-Chalmers, though there were empty places scattered about the church.

I’m not a huge fan of music that has a pre-recorded electronic component, but Carmen Braden’s Candle Ice was drop-dead gorgeous. The electronic component is a recording of the thawing of a candle-like kind of ice in the Arctic. The music for acoustic instruments may be taken to represent the emotional experience of witnessing the thaw.IMG_6157

Braden was present and warmly received. She grew up in Yellowknife and is studying for her masters in composition at the University of Calgary. Candle Ice is the second piece she has written for the Gryphons. She wrote First Frost in anticipation of their 2012 tour of the Northwest Territories.”

Read the full article here (Ottawa Citizen August 7 2014).