Hey Yellowknife! I couldn’t have made this album without you. Come celebrate with me!
Yellowknife Album Launch Concert
Thursday December 22, 7pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Museum Café
Admission by donation – limited seating – come early!
Yellowknife Musician Carmen Braden is set to release her debut studio album Ravens under the Centrediscs label. To celebrate, Braden is holding a special Yellowknife launch concert at 7pm on December 22, 2016 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Museum Café. An official album launch concert will be held at the National Music Centre in Calgary on January 24, 2017.
At the Yellowknife concert, Carmen will be joined onstage by local musicians, many of whom are featured on the album, including Pat Braden, Sean Robson, Greyson Gritt, Mary Kelly and Kathryn Oraas. Other musicians include Al Bee, Joanna Wilson, Grace Clark and Cristina Soto. CDs and digital download cards of Ravens, as well as other merchandise will be available for sale during the concert. The Museum Café will be open and light food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Statement on the release of Ravens:
“The voice of Northwest Territories composer/performer Carmen Braden shines out in her debut studio album Ravens, a composite of original songs and chamber music that has Carmen’s northern roots at the heart of each piece. Her musical voice is strongly heard on the album as composer, singer, and performer. With ECMA-winning producer Mark Adam and supporting musicians — most of whom are also based in Canada’s north — Carmen makes a powerful musical statement that overcomes the boundaries between genres.
Ravens places intricate groove beside flowing string quartet, dove-tails jazz-based improvisation into singer-songwriter forms. The album includes several of Carmen’s contemporary chamber works that were originally written for some of Canada’s best classical performers including James Ehnes, Gryphon Trio, and Penderecki Quartet; here they are interpreted by northern performers and recorded in Yellowknife, NWT. All tracks were crafted with a studio pop sound that echoes qualities of the sub-Arctic: up-close, intimate, and clear. In a bold yet gentle manner, the music of Carmen Braden in Ravens moves the listener through songs and sounds that are at times subtle and rich, and at other times transparent and simple.”