Black Ice Sound with Carmen Braden

The Strata Ensemble featuring Guest Composer Carmen Braden
Thursday, June 1 2023, 7:30 PM
Remai Modern
Admission by donation

About this Concert

Engage with the unique and genre-defying music of Carmen Braden, the Yellowknife-based composer known for her versatility and boundary-pushing compositions. Her music will be performed by the Strata Ensemble, an exceptional new music ensemble featuring some of the top performers in the province. Don’t miss this chance to hear the innovative sounds of Carmen Braden brought to life by this incredible group of musicians.

A brand new composition by Saskatchewan composer Tiess McKenzie will also be performed at this concert. Join us in the beautiful Riverview Room at Remai Modern for a night of inventive music, red-hot performances, and icy compositions.

Thanks to the generous support of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation and the Remai Modern, admission to this concert is by donation.


Thursday, June 1 2023, 7:30 PM
Remai Modern
102 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L3, Canada

Carmen Braden

Featured Artist

Carmen Braden is a versatile, genre-jumping musician from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Winner of the 2019 and 2020 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year, Carmen is a composer/performer 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 second studio album Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars (2019) was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Album of the Year. Her debut studio album Ravens was released in 2017 – both albums are on the Centrediscs label. 

Born in 1985 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Carmen grew up in Yellowknife and learned to love music with Bill Gilday and Ardith Dean. She earned the International Baccalaureate from Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and continued to study under Michelle Hewitt. In 2009 Carmen received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Acadia University where she studied with Derek Charke and Stephen Naylor. She received her Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary in 2015, studying under Allan Gordon Bell, Laurie Radford and David Eagle.

Carmen’s creative work has been supported by the NWT Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, and her academic study has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Artist Website



Carmen Braden
Tiess McKenzie


Michael Swan, Violin
Oxana Ossiptchouk, Violin
James Legge, Viola
Scott McKnight, Cello
Jennifer McAllister, Flute
Erin Brophy, Oboe
Arlene Shiplett, French Horn
Vanessa Klassen, Clarinet
Helen Pridmore, Soprano
Naomi Piggott-Suchan, Piano
Stephen Kreuger, Bass