Banff was Heaven...

I was high up in the Rockies, and I swear, I could touch the sky. I was flying with the angels and the creative birds that gather from time to time. I felt like I was in my own "flock", each unique and different, yet, as a collective, we all appreciated the details of compositions, the eclectic nuances of vibratos, the phrasing of texts, the silence in between.. We had coaching sessions with three very diverse yet deeply passionate musicians who gave lectures and offered one on one sessions. We met as a group of residents and shared our works in progress, then bravely allowed and invited the entire room of highly skilled and practiced, musicians to critique, offer feedback and share what they enjoyed about the performance. We performed in Canmore and in the various halls and theatres in at the Banff Centre and premiered new works. We visited each others studios in the late hours,  and were deeply inspired by each others work, and astonished at the extreme uniqueness of each and every project and musician/composer/conductor/vocalist.. there.  We walked in the mountains, and took in the fresh air, we witnessed wild life right all around us, as we were in a National Park. We ate meals together, laughed, cried and celebrated in the Mac Lab, the Solon evening in the Leighton Colony, the Dorm... We dormed with roommates and made friends for life. We collaborated on projects, took risks, improvised and dreamt of potential future happenings..collectives, festivals, dreams, projects, compositions.... We appreciated, were moved by, inspired, floored, astonished, broken open.. by the passion and commitment each artist has that was there.. every one.. true to their art.. 

The question is how to bring some of that home.. and to keep working even, in a small way, that is reminiscent.. that is the goal. I will venture to set up more of a studio space, where I can record and capture my songs as I create, and I will commit to making space and time to develop my song writing and composing of musical ideas.. 

I am beyond grateful for every minute I had there, and for all those that helped and supported me to be there. Many people helped with my children and this is this is the most important, that I was able to trust the love from my community to take care of them, while I was away.. Blessings. Cari.

I have a few videos I will post soon. 
What did I accomplish?
6 songs outlined, with lyrics and movement.
1 new Video created a new black and white Video of "Snow", from the Album, Magnolia with videographer, Caroline Cox. 
1 mostly finished song, that was performed on my last night, made in Banff. 
Performance Collaboration with Anoush Moazzeni on Prepared Piano with Electronics. 
Performance of Open our Hearts with Vissia on piano, in BOW Valley Festival, Canmore
Performance as back up vocalist for Joanna Wallfish, new song. 
and ideas and collaborations with man others.... 

Diving Deep into Song writing, vocal exploration and singing into the future at the Banff Centre of the Arts in a music residency.


Thrilled to be returning to Banff  Centre for Arts and Creativity for a 2 week residency.  Many of the 30 musicians here this winter are from outside of Canada, all to study and learn from each other.  Personally, I’m plunging headfirst into song writing, collaborating with my fellow musician and working with a vocal looper (voice recording sounds you make while playing them back in a repeating loop.)

Next week I will perform at The Club at Banff Centre, with a Persian born, Canadian pianist/composer and electroacoustic improviser Anoush Moazzeni and tomorrow, I will perform my original piece "Open our Hearts" with a small ensemble, at the Arts Centre in Canmore. 

I have been writing songs with the piano and guitar and learning how to use some technical gear for recording in my room. It is a great privilege and opportunity to be here, surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Rocky Mountains, alongside tremendously talented artists. I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and inspiration. 

his week we had the experience of learning from the gifted and generous composer/musician/conductor, Matthias Maute from the Caprice Ensemble. He has coached us and offered a lecture yesterday that blew my heart and mind open with contemplation, reflection and aspirations. 

This music residency is offered via scholarship, although additional monetary funds are needed to cover, travel airplane and bus to Banff ($725), food/lodging ($628), recording sessions/instruments etc. ($400) Any financial support would be most welcomed.  If you would like to contribute, donations may be made by:

- EFT (email money transfer) –

- PayPal-

- Cheque – payable toCari Burdett – 3228A Gibbins Rd., Duncan BC V9L 1G8

Thank you,