COSY Premiere – Bend Willow Branch

Yellowknife has a classical music organization called COSY – Classics On Stage Yellowknife. My new piece Bend, Willow Branch was commissioned by COSY and will be premiered on June 9th. A celebrated duo from New York, Anna Maria Baeza (clarinet) and Joachim Woitun (cellist) will join Yellowknife Maureen Crotty-Williams (flute) to perform Bend, Willow Branch. Bend, Willow […]

WCMA nomination – Classical Composition of the Year

Big news! I was nominated for a WCMA!  Magnetic North, a work for violin+piano from my debut album Ravens, has been nominated for the Western Canadian Music Awards Classical Composition of the Year. I am honoured to have my piece stand alongside works by other great Canadian composers, including Stephen Chatman, Marcus Goddard, Jordan Nobles and Edward Top. The award will […]

Thank You Thursdays

A place to show my gratitude to those who have helped along my journey. I couldn’t do it without you. Thank You, Mahsi Cho. Thursday March 29 2017 – Thank you CBC and CBC North! A way to send strength and love out by thanking those who have helped me on my journey. Today I send […]

Yellowknife premiere “The Ice Seasons”

The award-winning Spiritus Chamber Choir from Calgary comes to Yellowknife and performs my thesis composition “The Ice Seasons” that I completed for my Masters of Music in Composition! This major work explores the beauty and behaviour of lake ice. I’m so excited that this fantastic choir will perform it in my hometown, where I got the inspiration […]

Ice Seasons – World Premiere

World premiere time! I’m extremely excited to have the Spiritus Chamber Choir perform the first performance of my major work The Ice Seasons. March 12, Calgary!! This piece was completed as my Masters’ thesis composition at the University of Calgary (thank you supervisor Allan Bell!). It is a 25-minute, 6-movement piece for string sextet, SSAATB choir […]

Committed – Shake those Frosty Tailfeathers

The most rocking northern soul band The Committed is playing its annual love-dance show. Two shows – February 24 and 25th at the Top Knight. Groove time! Playing my newly-transformed keyboard, made into a piece of art by Jen Walden Get tickets here!

Official ‘Ravens’ launch concert – Calgary Jan 24

Ravens will officially launch on January 20th, and I’m holding an album launch concert January 24th in Calgary! See below for details on how to get the album or attend the launch concert. To pre-order the album before January 20th: Carmen’s Online Store – get the album as a CD, a digital download card, and check […]

Music Video – Fall To Alaska

My first music video! by the amazing Artless Collective – Fall To Alaska from the newly released Ravens. Can’t say enough thanks to Joanna Grant (director), Jay Bulckaert, Pablo Saravanja, AJ McCreadie. GET THE ALBUM Purchase music or merchandise from my store: https://squareup.com/store/black-ice-sound?t=merchant-fb iTunes and Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ravens/id1187459607 Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/383HsYce1dAYXpQz67P5sp Purchase from my label Centrediscs: https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/144283 Other music providers: 7digital: https://ca.7digital.com/search?q=carmen%20braden […]

Ravens – Launched today!

Ravens is launched! Now available to stream, listen or purchase as digital or CD on all major music providers. Merchandise and tickets to the upcoming Calgary launch concert available at my store. A million thanks to everyone who helped make this album happen. MEDIA https://arts.ucalgary.ca/alumni/behind-scenes-carmen-braden http://www.cbcmusic.ca/first-plays/113/carmen-braden-ravens GET THE ALBUM Purchase music or merchandise from my store: https://squareup.com/store/black-ice-sound?t=merchant-fb iTunes […]

Ravens – on CBC First Play for early streaming!

CBC has exclusive online streaming of Ravens for one week before the official Jan 20th launch. Here is your chance to listen – and get a bit of an inside peak into my thoughts about each piece. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – CBC First Play – Ravens Thanks to Robert Rowat for the great story, and […]

New Years Eve – the Committed at the Multiplex

New Years Eve 2016 – come out to hear The Committed play at the Multiplex in Yellowknife! I’ll be playing keys with this great 10-piece soul band that’s been grooving out for years now! Other great acts include Leela Gilday, Chad Brownlee, Yellowknife Throat Singers, and other local players+dancers. Free for all, great things for kids, […]

Ravens – teaser video

New teaser for my album Ravens – official release January 20, 2017! Big thanks to Artless Collective for the amazing editing, Milligan Mediaworks for capturing the footage, GNWT ITI and the NWT Arts Council for their supporting

NWT Tour – Broken Hearts and Madmen

Hi folks! It’s been a while since my last update – let’s just say this album has been all encompassing! I’m happy to announce that Ravens is now finished and available for preorder on iTunes or my label Centrediscs.  I have several concerts to celebrate coming up in various localities. The album hasn’t been all I’ve been doing, […]

Solstice Shadows – Aurora Chorealis performance

December 2 and 3 2016 Yellowknife – St. Patrick Catholic Church, 7:30pm Concert details here. A performance of my piece Solstice Shadows for choir+piano and now HARP! Sung by Aurora Chorealis and guest harpist Samantha Spurrier from Edmonton, conducted by Margo Nightengale. Poetry by Whitehorse poet Clea Roberts. Solstice Shadows explores the sub-Arctic landscape and soundscape through trippy, slow-motion […]

Thank you!

The Indiegogo campaign is on its last day – ends today – Friday – June 10! You’re still able to contribute until midnight. I’m $605 short of my goal right now, but so far I’ve had 96 generous humans donate almost $6600. I am hugely humbled by the support I’ve received. A bedrock-deep, sundog-high thank you to everyone who […]

Reddit AMA

On Wednesday June 8th I will be doing a Reddit AMA – an ‘Ask Me Anything’ about my music, my upcoming album, anything creative! Starting at 5pm MST (Yellowknife time) for 2 hours. Never done this before – very excited to get into the Reddit community! Here is the link  – ask away: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4n7w4i/i_am_a_musician_composer_in_canadas_far_north/  

James Ehnes – performance at 21C Festival – Toronto

The fantastic violin + piano duo of James Ehnes and Andrew Amstrong will perform my newest work Magnetic North in Toronto on Sunday May 29 as part of the RCM 21C Festival . Info and tickets here.  And you can watch it live-streamed HERE!!! Starts at 3pm Toronto time, with a pre-concert talk at 2:15. James […]

The Caribou Masquerade – Museum concert

As I prepared to record my album of lyrical folk music and edgy, enchanting chamber music, I am presenting The Caribou Masquerade, a public concert of my folk songs. Thursday May 12, 7pm at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, I’ll be playing on the beautiful grand piano at the museum cafe. Admission is by […]

Recording an Album – Crowdfunding launched

I’m going to record my first studio album this year! And to get the project going, I am launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise part of the funds needed. Cool perks are up for grabs for those who can support my Indiegogo campaign! Here’s more details on the album, and the online fundraising. Click here to head […]

Braden sings Braden – 2 house concerts

“the songs tenderly blew dust from places in my heart I didn’t realize needed it so badly…” Two more house concerts coming up – April 23 and 24th! Carmen is recording her full studio album this year! It will be a combination of original chamber music and folk songs written over the last decade. These […]

Carmen Sings Carmen – House Concert / Album Fundraiser – April 3

Carmen is recording her full studio album this year! It will be a combination of original chamber music and folk songs written over the last decade. And a house concert to kick the project off! Sunday April 3, 2016. 7:30pm. This is an intimate solo concert (first of several) featuring all original folk songs, sung along […]

artArctica – sound-telling / dance composition in Helsinki

I will be performing a brand-new, live sound-telling experience at the inaugural artArctica Festival! Held in Helsinki, Finland from February 11 – 13, 2016, this promises to be a collection of performers, poets and artists from across the world’s nordic countries including Finland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Russia, Norway, Canada, Sápmi (Lapland). My performance will be all about small […]

Rest of Night – Premiere

A new piece for Clarinet and Double Bass!  The Rest of Night, is being premiered on Wednesday Dec. 16th in Winnipeg by GroundSwell – and the performers are two amazing Winnipeg players Micah Heilbrunn and Meredith Johnson. The upcoming concert Arctic Dreams also has works by Christos Hatzis, Derek Charke (my great teacher from Acadia University), Anthony Genge, Garth Hardy, […]

Artist Talk – “The Ice Seasons” a thesis composition

On Thursday October 22, 2015 at 7:00 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife – I will be giving a talk on my thesis composition for choir, strings, and sound files. This is where my obsession with ice has led me! I recently completed my Masters of Music in Composition from the University of […]

Earth Music Concert – The Bedrock Cycles

The Association of Canadian Women Composers is putting on a fantastic concert of music by composers who are Canadian and who are women! It will be held Friday Sept. 18th at the Grebel Chapel at the University of Waterloo. My piano trio The Bedrock Cycles will be part of the performance: “Bedrock is the common term for rock […]

Parhelia – for orchestra – premiere

I have written my first piece for orchestra! It will be performed for the first time on January 29th, 2014 by the University of Calgary Orchestra. Parhelia will be the opening composition performed as part of the U of C’s “Forms of Sound Festival”, which will feature many premieres and works by living Canadian and international […]

Contemporary Improvisation – Nov. 2 2014

Collaborating with master saxophonist Dr. Jeremy Brown, I will be doing a live improvisation on piano on Sunday November 2, 2014. This is part of the Rubbing Stone Ensemble concert, 8pm at the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary. Dr. Brown and I will be taking an old jazz standard on a very exploratory journey! “One of […]

Music She Wrote – Oct 24/25

On October 24 and 25, 2014 at 7:30pm, Classics On Stage Yellowknife (COSY) is holding “Music She Wrote” –  a show of music by composers who are also women! On the program are works by Clara Schumann, Nadia Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Isabella Colbran, Liza Lehmann, Maria Malibran, as well as Yellowknife songwriter Beverley Rockwell, and myself. My […]

Listen Up!

“The ‘Listen Up!’ program begins with the assumption that all children have extraordinary potential for artistic expression.” In 2014/15, the Gryphon Trio is partnering with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre to bringing the amazing Listen Up! program to the NWT. This mammoth youth/music outreach experience will directly involve 100 NWT youth from 6 communities, as well as a ton […]

Local Smoke – the Musical Exhibition

Local smoke… local smoke… These were the words of the weather forecast for the Northwest Territories during the summer of 2014. Hot temperatures and lack of rain brought forest fires that seemed to never end, and these fires sent smoke drifting in every direction. With a nod to CBC North Radio’s weather forecasts, gratitude to […]

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

The 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 […]

The Committed – July 31

The saviours of northern soul… the hardest working band this side of the Deh Cho… and  the last chance to strut my stuff in black sequins in Yellowknife this summer! This 10-piece soul band will get even the mosquitos dancing… Come out and hear The Committed at Top Knight on Thursday July 31. Doors open at […]

Live Sound-Telling – Floating Dinner Theatre

As part of NARWAL Northern Adventure’s Floating Dinner Theatre series, I am giving sound-telling performances on the rocky shores of Great Slave Lake. July 10 and July 27 are the two dates that I will be pulling out my grandma’s old accordion and drawing the audience into the sub-Arctic soundscape. During the Floating Dinner Theatre … […]

James Ehnes + me in Stratford

I get to play with James Ehnes, master Canadian violinist, in Stratford tonight (July 18) as part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival! We’ll be playing my piece Magnetic North, which I wrote for James when he came to Yellowknife in 2016. He is one cool guy! Tickets here. James did me the great honour of […]

NNC – Whitehorse

Playing at the Available Light Film Festival with the New North Collective on Monday Feb. 6 2017. Fresh off an Alberta tour, the NNC has brought together players from across northern regions to collaborate and perform Get tickets and event details here. Special multi-media additions for this show in the town where I was born – Whitehorse Yukon! The […]