Ravens Album Release Concert – January 24 at the King Eddy, Calgary
On January 20, 2017, Yellowknife musician Carmen Braden will release her debut studio album Ravens through Centrediscs, the Canadian Music Centre’s label. To celebrate, Braden is holding an official album release concert at the King Eddy at the National Music Centre in Calgary on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:30pm.
The musical voice of Northwest Territories musician Carmen Braden shines out in her debut studio album Ravens as composer, collaborator, singer and performer. Ravens is a composite of songs and chamber music that has Braden’s northern roots at its heart and her connections to the rest of Canada as its frame. Producer Mark Adam (ECMA – Classical Recording of the Year, 2015) and Braden collaborated deeply on the arrangements and production, bringing musicians from the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Alberta together to tell a story of the north on the album. The result is a musical journey that blurs the boundaries between genres.
Ravens places intricate groove beside flowing string quartet, dove-tails jazz-based improvisation into singer-songwriter form. The album includes several contemporary chamber works that were originally written by Braden for some of Canada’s best classical performers including James Ehnes, Gryphon Trio, and Penderecki Quartet; on Ravens they are interpreted by northern and southern performers and recorded in Yellowknife, NWT.
All tracks were crafted with a studio pop sound that echoes qualities of the sub-Arctic: up-close, intimate, and clear. In a bold yet gentle manner, the music of Carmen Braden in Ravens moves the listener through songs and sounds that are at times subtle and rich, and at other times beautifully simple and transparent.
Fung Ling Feimo