Carmen Warrington is a creative artist working across several art-forms. Her intention in all her work is to uplift and inspire. Her speciality is the calming effect of sound.
Carmen has collaborated musically with David Jones since 1991, presenting their music in NSW, QLD, SA, Tasmania and Victoria, as well as India and Japan. A highlight event in Japan was performing their duo “I Play, You Say” at Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa’s Percussion Festival, under the directorship of Maestro Iwaki, in 1996.
For 9 years in their jazz-fusion band AtmaSphere Carmen was “vocussionist” – a term coined for her rhythmic and percussive use of voice and text.
In 1995 the band received a Mo Award Nomination for Jazz Group Of The Year.
AtmaSphere performed at The Basement and The Harbourside Brasserie, the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Mullumbimby Festival, and in 2000 was invited to open the second room at Melbourne’s Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club. The band was featured nationally in a one hour concert, broadcast in January 1992 on ABC’s “Sunday Live” program.
AtmaSphere collaborated with Australian musicians (Don Burrows, Roger Frampton, Steve Hunter, Greg Sheehan, Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, Synergy) as well as USA’s Pulitzer prize-winning poet Yusuf Komunyakaa, with whom Carmen performed several duets during the concerts.
“… this is critically acclaimed eclectic ambient fusion … powerful and full of humour … this is truly an incredible outfit … the atmospherics wander into Phillip Glass territory … a real treat.”
London Rhythms Magazine
“Carmen’s execution of rhythms that would challenge accomplished instrumentalists is very impressive. She really knows how to engage the audience by using the best of the art of theatre.”
Mark Isaacs, pianist and composer
In the band David Jones and Friends, Carmen has performed in concert with wonderful artists including James Morrison at Stonnington Jazz 2010, David Hirschfelder, Michael Johnson, Megan Kenny and Evri Evripidou.
She led the recording project Shimmer, and in collaboration with Peter Northcote wrote songs investigating the depths of the human psyche.
In 2009 MSO violinist Sarah Curro invited Carmen to join her in concert, narrating Haiku poetry set to music – both at the Abbotsford Convent and again at the Castlemaine Music Festival.
Festival Director Fiona Burnett included Carmen in the 2001 Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival.
AtmaSphere released 2 CD’s – ‘Flying’ (with guests Mike Nock and Don Burrows) and ‘Seasons of the Heart’.
In 1994 ‘Flying’ was nominated for ARIA Jazz Album Of The Year.
Carmen is a featured guest on the CD “Meditations on Love” and her track was selected to appear in a new compilation album released by ABC Music, entitled “The Rhythm Divine”.
Carmen has performed on recordings by other artists (Megan Kenny, Joy-Joy, Susie Nelson-Smith) as well as recording her own music.
She and David released their first Soundbath recording in 2002 – ‘The Hour of Nectar’.
In 2013 she wrote and recorded the songs for her solo CD ‘Angel Songs’.
“Beautiful music from a beautiful soul.”