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“…Carla's musicianship is strong and her lyrics poignant and insightful. Her touch is light, never heavy handed. Carla Sciaky isn't going to bowl you over with driving rhythms and hard-edged vocals. If Carla was an animal she wouldn't be a lion, she would be a bird…(She) is an excellent singer/songwriter and musician who serves well as an ambassador of the folk and acoustic music world. Amidst the cacophony of singer/songwriters vying for our ears Carla Sciaky's music stands out for its ability to communicate both lyrically and musically…” Judd Grossman, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

May 2017 (click to expand)

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Mozart Among Friends

Friday May 19, 2017, 7:30 pm
St. Andrew United Methodist Church / 9203 S. University Blvd. / Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126

Saturday May 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church / 4500 E. Hampden Ave. / Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Sunday May 21, 2017, 3:00 pm
Wellshire Presbyterian Church / 2999 S. Colorado Blvd. / Denver, Colorado
see Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

June 2017 (click to expand)

Sémplice Baroque
“A Modern Baroque”
with guest soprano Amanda Balistrieri

Saturday, June 17, 2017
7:30 pm

Helikon Gallery / 3675 Wynkoop Street / Denver, Colorado

A concert set amid a group exhibit featuring artists working along themes of the baroque era, with a 21st cenury twist.

see Helikon Gallery for tickets and more information.

Boulder Jewish Community Center
Forever Young: “A Bob Dylan Tribute Concert”

Sunday June 18, 2017
7:00 pm

Boulder JCC / 6007 Oreg Avenue / Boulder, Colorado

see Boulder JCC for tickets and more information.

October, 2017 (click to expand)

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
The Glories of Venice

Friday October 13, 7:30 pm
St. Andrew United Methodist Church / 9203 S. University Blvd. / Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126

Saturday October 14, 7:30 pm
Antonio Brico Stage, Central Presbyterian Church / 1660 Sherman St / Denver, Colorado

Sunday October 15, 2017, 3:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church / 4500 E. Hampden Ave. / Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

see Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

Sémplice Baroque
“From the Temple to the Dance Floor”

Sunday, October 29, 2017
7:00 pm

Nevei Kodesh / 1925 Glenwood Drive / Boulder, Colorado

A journey through the music of Jewish composers from the 15th through 18th centuries, and forward into the Klezmer tradition of Eastern Europe

see Semplice for tickets and more information.

November 2017 (click to expand)

Colorado Chamber Players
Wonders of the Heart: Baroque Music about Love by J.S. Bach, Barbara Strozzi, and Charpentier

Saturday November 11, 2017, 7:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts Concert Hall / 7111 Montview Blvd. / Denver, Colorado

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4:00 pm
Longmont Museum / 400 Quail Road / Longmont, Colorado

303-759-2770 x35
see Colorado Chamber Players for tickets and more information

Golden Viols Consort
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Noon
St. John's Episcopal Church / 1350 Washington Street / Denver, Colorado

See St. John's Cathedral for more information (note that the ensemble is erroneously listed as “STRING” on the website)

December 2017 (click to expand)

Jews Do Jews: Kol Isha
a Tribute to Jewish Women Songwriters

Saturday December 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
L2 Church / 1477 Columbine Street / Denver, Colorado

see Swallow Hill Music for tickets and more information

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Carla Sciaky is a multi-instrumentalist-folksinger-songwriter based in Denver, Colorado. As a soloist, she toured the US extensively throughout the 1980s and 90s, recording first on her own Propinquity Records and later on Green Linnet and Alacazam Records, compiling a discography of eight solo albums and appearing on many group efforts, compilations, and colleagues’ collections. Her songwriting won her awards and/or recognition in such arenas as the Kerrville New Song Competition, the Louisville, Kentucky songwriting competition, the Colorado Arts and Humanities Fellowship for Composition, the Billboard Songwriting Competition, and the Colorado, Utah, and Kansas Artist in Residence programs in the schools. Denver’s Westword magazine proclaimed her “Best Folkie” in their 1987 “Best of” edition, and her best known song, “Under the Quarter Moon,” written on the shore of Lake Superior, has been selected more than once for Minnesota Public Radio compilations, recorded and performed by countless fellow folksingers and choirs, and sung at campfire circles. With the infamous Mother Folkers, she performed for over a decade and recorded two albums.

After taking ten years off to raise her children and have a midlife crisis, Carla returned in the 21st century to the local stage, resisting any random and fleeting urge to tour for the time being. In the folk world, she plays with Miriam Rosenblum and Hal Aqua in the Folkaltones, in the not annual ballad concert series with Harry Tuft, and in the annual “Jews Do _____” concerts (Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon so far).

In the classical/early music world, Carla performs on baroque violin with Sémplice, a Denver quartet specializing in baroque music on period/replica instruments, as well as being a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado since its first season. She plays rebec, viola da gamba, and violin with the Denver Early Music Consort. She is trained through Book 4 of the Suzuki violin pedagogy, maintains a small private studio at home, and is director of Da Capo Suzuki Strings. She also has students on guitar and piano.

Outside of music, Carla is deeply committed to the world of alternative medicine, is certified as a Natural Vision Improvement Coach (, and studies methods of energy healing and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). She and her husband Dan are passionate about Waldorf education, the raw milk movement, community supported agriculture, and organic and gourmet cuisine. Their daughters Chloe and Rachel are both violinists, preparing to carry music out into the world. And together, they all dote on their loving and happy-go-lucky labradoodle, Bella.

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“Miss Sciaky's guileless soprano registered superbly.”The New York Times

“Sciaky opened the show with a dash of good humor and a startling soprano, as fine and fragile as glass.”The Boston Globe

“Sciaky imbues her performance with intergrity.”Sing Out!

“One of the most delightful performers around...this seemingly delicate voice carries a surprising range of emotions: haunting, joyful, plaintive, and playful.”Intermountain Acoustic Musician
“This woman was obviously born to sing.”Iowa State Daily
“Such tenderness and precision is a rarity...and very enjoyable.”WNMC, Traverse City, MI
“Sciaky proves again why she ranks as one of the country's favorite folkies.”The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado

Awards and honors

Finalist, Kerrville New Folk Competition

Honorable Mention, Louisville Songwriting Competition

Winner of the Fellowship for Composition, Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities

Artist in Residence through the State Arts Councils of Kansas, Colorado, and Utah

Best Folkie, Westword's annual “Best of” edition, Denver, Colorado

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Awakening is the title cut from Carla's album released in 1995.

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