The Creative Process – Workshop

Open workshop on the creative process, specifically with a music focus. Led by Carmen Braden and Jan de Vroede. Any ages, any discipline welcome. Admission is by donation. Discussion, listening, questions. Topics include: starting from scratch, going deep, breaking old habits, critical listening… Held at Music Space – a great new community music-making venue. Take […]

Pass the Music On! Music Teachers Association NWT – Fundraiser Concert

Every musician has had a teacher, usually many teachers over the course of their lives. Pass the Music On is a fundraiser concert happening January 19, 2019 to support the Music Teachers Association of the NWT flagship event: the YK Music Festival. Lineup!!Lawrence Nayally + Carmen Braden – Dene drum/song/piano duoSusan Shantora + Anita Kuzma crooning cabaret songsSean […]

New Studio Album! Fundraiser and concert

Click HERE to support the album online! A new album is in the works! Music that imagines, music that evokes… Almost 2 years since the release of my first studio album ‘Ravens’, and it’s time for another. Producer Mark Adam (from Ravens) is back to help guide and capture the recording of a selection of […]

E-Gré Winners Tour starts in Yellowknife

2018 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (E-Gré) Winner violinist Amy Hillis began a 12-concert tour across Canada with pianist Katherine Dowling on October 24 in Yellowknife NT.  This was the first time the tour has included a stop north of 60! A co-presentation between Black Ice Sound and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, the concert […]

New North Collective – on Tour!

The wild pan-Northern band I get to play in is ON TOUR! The show’s called Outside. And the New North Collective is an ensemble of Northern performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories, Greenland, and special guests. Together, we explore our ideas of north – from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary. The […]

Black Ice Concerts – Fall 2018

Black Ice Sound is presenting 3 amazing concerts this fall. A new venture for Carmen Braden’s music company, these Black Ice Concerts bring contemporary, intriguing music to northern audiences. Many thanks to the partnering organizations for making this season happen! Outside – New North Collective – Oct 10 2018 NACC 7:30 A co-presentation with Folk on the […]

U of C Alumni Weekend Visit – music and insights

Saturday Sept 8 2018 – I’ll be on the University of Calgary campus as part of the awesome Alumni Weekend events! Come to the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the Rozsa Centre, 1:45 – 2:45 and hear three of my chamber music pieces performed by U of C graduate students (School of Creative and Performing Arts shout-out!!) […]

Land’s End Ensemble – premiere “In the Marrow Lives a Woman”

June 9 2018 in Calgary! My new piece for piano trio and percussion, commissioned by The Land’s End Ensemble called In the Marrow Lives a Woman.  Featuring Tim Borton (percussion), John Lowry (violin), Beth Root Sandvoss (cello), and  Susanne Ruberg-Gordon (piano). Other works on the docket by Lesley Hinger, Mark Limacher, Omar Daniel, and Merlijn Twaalhoven, I get to come back to my old haunts at the Rozsa Centre, University […]

Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition

May 4 – 6 – In Brandon, Manitoba! The semi-finals and finals of the contemporary music performance Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in Strings, where a new piece I wrote will be played by each of the performers. Foxy Fox’s Musical Games will be played multiple times over the weekend by some of the best young […]

Raven Conspiracy in Ottawa – WolfGANG Sessions

Saturday Jan 20, at Mercury Lounge in downtown Ottawa! National Arts Centre Orchestra members will rise and soar, squawk and hop, all on violins, viola and cello – my string quartet The Raven Conspiracy will get its Ontario/Ottawa debut! Honoured to be played in one of the WolfGANG sessions – playing very new music with […]

Outdoor performance – Bentway Skate Trail Opening – Toronto

On January 6, 2018 come celebrate the opening of The Bentway Skate Trail! Opening weekend festivities include skating, live musical performances (I’m playing on an outdoor stage!), pop-up curling, and food and drink, and The Bentway’s inaugural public art exhibition Constructions of the Everyday. I’ll be playing new songs, and tunes off my album Ravens. Joined by awesome Toronto […]

NAC members play Raven Conspiracy

December 9 2017 – eight members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform in Yellowknife at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre as part of their NAC Orchestra Canada 150 Tour. My string quartet The Raven Conspiracy will be on the program, as well as the world premiere of a work featuring throatsinger Sylvia Cloutier and […]

Stratford Summer Music – Cabaret Series solo show

Playing in the Stratford Summer Music Festival’s Cabaret Series on August 11! An amazing venue in the Revival House – a converted church with amazing acoustics and a wonderful menu. Rockin’ band-mates from the Yukon – Graeme Peters, Jody Peters and Ian March from Whitehorse’s Speed Control  New music fresh off the heart, tunes from […]

TSO Chamber Soloists – Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars

Composer time! On August 2 2017, at Toronto’s Walter Hall will be the world premiere of my new piece for chamber ensemble (string quartet, horn, oboe, flute) called Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars. Five movements imagining where the stars go in the summer time of extreme latitudes – celestial adventures! See program notes below. […]

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: iTunes and Apple Music: Spotify: Purchase from my label Centrediscs: Other music providers: 7digital: […]

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 GET THE ALBUM Purchase music or merchandise from my store: 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:  

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 … […]