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Carmen Braden launches series of Yellowknife concerts

Carmen Braden - Hannah Eden
Yellowknife composer and performer Carmen Braden in an undated publicity shot. Photo: Hannah Eden

Yellowknife composer and performer Carmen Braden will host a new series of concerts in Yellowknife, saying her city is “increasingly on the map” for musicians.

Braden’s company, Black Ice Sound, confirmed its opening event in a news release on Monday.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra violinist Robert Uchida and Halifax pianist Peter Allen will perform Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonatas on May 3 at Museum Cafe, from 7pm. Entry is by donation.

“Brahms did a lot of interesting things that I like doing in my music, a lot of juicy harmonies and interesting chromaticism,” Braden told Cabin Radio. “He was this kind-of bridge between classical and romantic, quite lyrical, connected to songs even in his instrumental music.



“This concert doesn’t exactly fit with my main work but I have a great appreciation for it, a love of working with and hearing the music – it’s a part of my own history – and it is important and enjoyable.”

Not all concerts in the series will share the same classical flavour.

“One thing I want with this series is quite a lot of new, contemporary music,” Braden said. “I have a concert coming up later in May which is extremely relevant to that topic – the Canadian Women Composers Project.

“Clarisse Tonigussi [creator of the Canadian Women Composers Project] plans to take this to all provinces and territories, featuring music by Canadian women composers from 1960 up until last year.

“Clarisse will be the soloist with local musicians supporting her. I’m working on how to engage the community with this amazing musician who’s really passionate about her music. It’s really exciting for me to be supporting her in her own championing of this music.”