Folksinger / Songwriter / Baroque Violinist

photo: Amanda Tipton
“…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

February 2017 (click to expand)

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
with Wonderbound
A Dangerous Liaison

Friday February 10, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School / 1001 W. 84th Ave. / Denver, Colorado

Saturday February 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feburary 18, 2017, 2:00pm

PACE Center / 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. / Parker, Colorado

Tickets and information:
see Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

March 2017 (click to expand)

Sémplice Baroque
Music from Oberlin

Saturday, March 4, 2017
7:30 pm

Epiphany Lutheran Church

Sunday, March 5, 2017
4:00 pm

Struck by Lightning House Concerts

see Sémplice for tickets and more information.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Playing with Fire

Friday March 17, 7:30 pm
Claver Recital Hall at Regis University / 3333 Regis Blvd. / Denver, Colorado

Saturday March 18, 7:30 pm
King Center Concert Hall, Auraria Campus/ 855 Lawrence Way / Denver, Colorado

see Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

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.

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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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