Carmen Braden
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Carmen Braden


Carmen Braden (b. 1985, Whitehorse, Yukon) is a Canadian composer/performer from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She writes mainly chamber, choral, and vocal music, as well as music for film, theatre, dance. In addition to composing works for others to perform, Carmen performs her own songs throughout Canada and is represented by Magnum Opus Management.

Carmen’s music often explores sonic phenomena found in her environment. In much of her work, she draws on a life-time of aesthetic observations in the Canadian sub-Arctic, with a particular interest in lake ice.

Carmen earned her Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary (2015) where her teachers included Alan Gordon Bell, Laurie Radford and David Eagle. She graduated from Acadia University with her Bachelor of Music in Composition (2009) and studied with Derek Charke and Steven Naylor. She received the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (2004) and studied with Michelle Hewitt. Carmen’s teachers in Yellowknife included Bill Gilday and Ardith Dean.

Her work has been performed by James Ehnes, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Gryphon Trio, the Land’s End Trio, and the Penderecki Quartet. Carmen’s works have been performed at the ArtArctic Festival in Helsinki, the National Arts Centre 2013 Northern Scene Festival, the Global Composition in Germany, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, the Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks Music Festival, the Shattering the Silence New Music Festival, new music festivals at the University of Toronto and University of Calgary, the Land’s End Emerging Composer Competition and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Carmen is on the board of the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology, and is a member of the Association for Canadian Women Composers. Carmen’s academic study is supported by a SSHRC grant, and her creative work has been supported by the NWT Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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