amy brandon (guitarist)

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  • " .. mesmerizing nylon-string guitar work. Anchored by a droning backdrop of stretched and scrambled guitar sounds, she traced rapid, tangling trajectories in a performance that was one of the festival’s highlights."

    Musicworks Magazine #125, Concert Review, Summer 2016
  • " .. a moving concert of pure musical freedom .."

    Concert Review, Truro Daily News, October 27. 2015
  • ".. [she has] created a whole language of her own as a composer .. you are getting in on the ground floor of something great .."

    JUNO winner, 2014 (as quoted in The Truro Daily News, October 27, 2015)



Sculptural and evocative, guitarist Amy Brandon's solo compositions and improvised pieces draw from the worlds of jazz, classical and electroacoustic music.

She holds an MA in composition from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in guitar skill acquisition and cognition at Dalhousie University. She has performed at several festivals including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Guitar Now Festival, Nexus Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series and the 2016 Open Waters Experimental Music Festival. She attended the 2015 Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Interplay with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and an Atlantic Centre for the Arts residency with Myra Melford in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. 

She has also toured with several Canadian and international musicians including Juno winner Mike Rud, Radio Intro, composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias and 4Guitars with classical guitarists Sylvie Proulx, Emily Shaw and bossa nova guitarist Joanne Hatfield. She recently released her first CD, 'Scavenger'.

In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning improvisation and guitar pedagogy. Recent presentations include papers for the 2015 International Society for Improvised Music's conference in Switzerland, the Virtuosity Symposium at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the 2016 International Guitar Research Centre Conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. 

Her work has also been published in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. She is grateful for past support from Arts NS and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Buy Album -  'Scavenger'

Electroacoustic, jazz and classical guitar  featuring guest guitarists Roddy ElliasMike Rud and vocalist Laura Swankey.


upcoming concerts

  • October 22, 2016: Duo concert with guitarist Bill Rodgers at the Visual Voice Gallery, Truro, NS 7.30pm
  • October 15, 2016: Solo concert with virtual sculpture by Shannon Novak at Fort Massey Church, Halifax, NS 8pm & 9.30pm
  • October 1, 2016: Duo concert with pianist Bill Stevenson at the Visual Voice Gallery, Truro, NS 7.30pm
  • September 10, 2016: Duo concert with guitarist Jake Hanlon at the Visual Voice Gallery, Truro, NS 7.30pm
  • May 17-June 3: Associate Artist Residency with Myra Melford at The Atlantic Centre for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • May 16, 2016: Solo performance at The Music Gallery as part of ISIM Conference, Toronto, ON
  • April 3, 2016: Solo concert & lecture @ the Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series, Sackville Library, Nova Scotia
  • March 31, 2016: Tyshawn Sorey Conduction @ The Met Breuer, New York, NY
  • March 22, 2016: Paper @ the International Guitar Research Centre Conference, University of Surrey, UK
  • March 3-9, 2016: Poster @ Virtuosity Interdisciplinary Symposium, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary
  • January 31st, 2016: Canadian Tour with Radio Intro @ Array Space, Toronto, ON 8pm. As part of the Somewhere There Series
  • January 30th, 2016: Canadian Tour with Radio Intro @ Freiman Hall, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON 8pm
  • January 29th, 2016: Canadian Tour with Radio Intro @ Knox Hall, Kensington Presbyterian Church, Montreal, QC 8pm CANCELLED
  • January 28th, 2016: Canadian Tour with Radio Intro @ The Music Room, Halifax, NS 7pm.
  • January 27th, 2016: Canadian Tour with Radio Intro @ Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg, NS 7pm.
  • January 8th, 2016: Open Waters Festival @ Sir James Dunn Theatre,  Halifax, NS 7.30pm


Research in guitar fretboard skill acquisition presented at the

IGRC Conference 2016 and published in part by Just Jazz Guitar May 2016

Paper, appendices and references available here.              1.902.986.5299