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Carmen Braden Premieres Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars at Toronto Summer Music

Carmen Braden Premieres Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars at Toronto Summer Music

August 10, 2017

In the world of new music, CMC Associate Composer Carmen Braden’s compositions have been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen).

Her latest creation, Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars, formed the centerpiece of a concert featuring Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists and pianist Jane Coop. The work was commissioned by the Toronto Summer Music Festival through the generous support of the Esther Gelber Fund, administered by the Canadian Music Centre.

In the program notes for the concert, Carmen explained that ‘In extreme northern and southern latitudes, summer nights are bright as the sun stays above the horizon or dips just below before rising in a glow of unending twilight. Darkness is gone for months, and so are the stars and aurora. Under the glow of these soft star-less nights, I wrote 5 short songs imagining where the stars go when we can’t see them anymore. I used these melodies and ideas as the inspiration for these instrumental works.’

Born in 1985 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Carmen grew up in Yellowknife and learned to love music with Bill Gilday and Ardith Dean. Her vocal, instrumental, and electroacoustic music is greatly tied to her soundscape, drawing from the environment by examining natural phenomena through sonic, visual, sensual and scientific ways of understanding. Her creative research has led her into deep study of ice on Great Slave Lake, as well as raven calls, bedrock, and different qualities of light. Carmen often collaborates with other mediums including dance, theatre, film, and story-telling.

Her music has been performed across Canada at the National Arts Centre, Koener Hall, the Stratford Festival, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by such renowned artists as James Ehnes, the Elmer Isler Singers, the Gryphon Trio, the Land’s End Ensemble, GroundSwell and the Penderecki Quartet, and internationally at the ArtArctica Festival in Finland, and at The Global Composition in Germany.

In addition to her work as a composer, Carmen is passionate about creative education. She teaches individual students in Yellowknife, as well as contributing to music education in the North. Carmen's latest recording Ravens is available now through Centrediscs.

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