Carmen Chan is a musician and artist who specialises in creating, performing and interpreting graphic scores. While she has a MMus in percussion performance, she is also skilled in piano, cello, found objects, improvisation and composition.
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.
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 been playing with Ren Walters' THIS ensemble, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble and has appeared at CURRENT events, Make It Up Club, SeenSound: Visual/Music Screenings, Conduit Arts, GAIP, JOLT arts, AvantWhatever, Musikunst, Lebowskis, 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 continued. She also created a new site-specific composition and performance at Town Hall Gallery.
Behind the scenes she had been on the committee of Conduit Arts Initiative from late 2014 until its closure mid-2016 and she has been working on the parody show Improv Idol with Clinton Green since 2015.