Carmen Chan Schoenborn is a musician and artist . While she has a MMus in percussion performance, she is also skilled in piano, cello, found objects, improvisation and composition. She is also a visual artist and performs with movement.
Her creative project 'Do You See What I Hear?' (2009-) began with graphic scores and interpretations and has since invited interpreters ranging from professional musicians to non-musicians to become engaged. The project has been featured at Festival of Slow Music, La Mama Musica, Shepparton Art Museum, the International Alliance of Women's Music blog, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Tilde New Music Festival, Waranga Film Festival, the community of Surrey Hills, and with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Carmen was also invited to present her work at the Notations21 European tour and symposium in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2012. Her composition 'No Clouds' was included in the Melbourne Now exhibition (2013-14) at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2017 she received a grant from the Earle Brown Music Foundation to present a tribute concert to Earle Brown and Morton Feldman as part of the international celebrations, featuring their graphic scores, new dance choreographed by Tony Yap, and a new work in their honour by Warren Burt and herself.
Carmen has also been recipient of several grants and scholarships from organisations and institutions including the Ian Potter Foundation, the University of Melbourne, and the Rotary Club of Melbourne. As educator, she has taught at Monash University, Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies' College in Melbourne, in composition programmes for students and children in Sweden, worked with school children at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and also recorded with the Amplified Elephants at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. She also successfully brought Cry Baby Concert to Rushworth in rural Victoria during 2009.
Since 2014 Carmen has played with Ren Walters' multidisciplinary THIS ensemble, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble and has appeared at CURRENT events, Make It Up Club, SeenSound: Visual/Music Screenings, Conduit Arts, JOLT arts, AvantWhatever, Musikunst, Lebowskis, GAIP, Quiet Noise and Antechamber series. In 2015 she was involved in Adam Simmons' 100:25:1 project, from which a duo of shakuhachi and marimba emerged - the duo has played at Montsalvat and other venues 2016-17 and at the 2018 Montsalvat Arts Festival. In 2015 Carmen created a new site-specific composition and performance at Town Hall Gallery.
In 2018, Carmen was selected as the Victorian representative for The Summers Night Project by Tura New Music, mentored by Cat Hope. Performances of her new composition ‘Our Current State of Affairs’, which quotes the Global Gender Gap Report 2017, were held in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Carmen also performed in Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble as part of the Usefulness of Art series at fortyfivedownstairs and Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. She was composer and musician for Efterpi Soropos’ project ‘Oompah!’ for babies at ArtPlay.
Behind the scenes Carmen was on the committee of Conduit Arts Initiative from late 2014 until its closure mid-2016 and she worked on the parody show Improv Idol with Clinton Green from 2015-16. Recently she was on the advisory assessment panel for Creative Victoria.