Wed Nov 14
Wednesday Noon Hours
Winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition
Amy Hillis violin
Katherine Dowling piano
R. Murray Schafer Wild Bird
Alice Ping Yee Ho Coeur à Coeur
Jeffrey Ryan Bellatrix
Carmen Braden Foxy Fox's Musical Games
Witold Lutosławski Partita
12:00 noon, Barnett Hall
$5 at the door (cash only)
Carmen Braden, Featured Composer
Carmen Braden is a WCMA-nominated composer / performer from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Her music and sound company Black Ice Sound is based in her hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Hailed as “a talented, bold musician” (Up Here Magazine), Carmen is a life-long Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen). Carmen’s debut studio album Ravens was released by Centrediscs in 2017.
Carmen’s vocal, instrumental, and electroacoustic music is greatly tied to her soundscape. She draws 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.
“Can contemporary music be fun? Yes it can! Foxy Fox's Musical Games has eight sections, each with a different sense of play, in the engagement and excitement sense of the word. The players have to improvise, engage with the audience, incorporate new and old childhood songs, and play musical equivalents of the game of tag, chasing each other like a couple of young fox pups. Through these "games" I want to blur the line between composer and performer, and give each player moments to make musical choices. The interaction/relationship between the two players must be active and supportive, even if moments occur when there is musical teasing or friendly competition. Foxy Fox's Musical Games was commissioned by the 2018 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and is dedicated to the Little One.” ~Carmen Braden