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Centrediscs Releases Nominated for THREE 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards

Centrediscs Releases Nominated for THREE 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards

April 27, 2017

Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is pleased to announce that three of its releases have been nominated for 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). In the category of Classical Composition of the Year: Carmen Braden’s “Magnetic North” from Ravens and Stephen Chatman’s “Choir Practice, A Comic Opera in One Act” from Choir Practice. Associate Composer Daniel Janke has also been nominated in the category Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year.

Carmen Braden lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and works as a composer, performer, and field recordist. All her musical creations are influenced by the sonic environment, both natural and man-made, and she uses original texts in many works. Braden’s works reflect her connection to the contemporary classical world as well as her experience as a jazz pianist, and singer-songwriter. In 2012, Braden launched her music and sound company Black Ice Sound. Braden has collaborated with the Gryphon Trio and she works regularly with Northern ensembles (Borderless Art Movement, the Yellowknife Choral Society, and Classics On Stage Yellowknife). Juno Award-winning performers James Ehnes (violin) and Andrew Armstrong (piano) will premiere “Magnetic North” in Yellowknife in May 2017 followed by performances in Iqaluit and Toronto.

Stephen Chatman is one of Canada’s most frequently performed composers. In 2010 & 2012 he was honoured with the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, given to a SOCAN composer for outstanding success in the Canadian music industry, in recognition of the many publications, public performances and radio-play of his works. Dr. Chatman is a Professor of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012. His catalogue includes more than 100 works and some 500,000 printed copies released by sixteen publishers

Daniel Janke has scored various films including Subconscious Password (NFB, dir. Chris Landreth, Oscar short-list 2014). Janke also works increasingly as a multimedia artist across disciplines. His feature film directorial debut The Grubstake Remix (2016) has been described as “An act of inspired creative repurposing...” (The Globe and Mail).

The Canadian Music Centre also congratulates Associate Composers Edward Top, Marcus Goddard and Jordan Nobles for WCMA nominations in the category of Classical Composition of the Year. In April, Jordan Nobles’ “Immersion” won the 2017 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year.

The 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards will be held in Edmonton, Alberta and will be awarded throughout the 15th annual BreakOut West Festival, September 13-17, 2017.

For the full list of nominations, click here.

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For further information, please contact:
Nicole Blain
Director, Library Services and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x303
Email: nblain@musiccentre.ca