Amy Brandon

guitarist . composer

"Otherworldly and meditative ... one wonders whether geography of the coastal North Atlantic may have influenced Brandon in her creative orchestration of this clashing of bleakness with beauty ... [her] compositions succeed, as all excellent music does, in conjuring a palpable and astonishing mood."

Alan Fark
Minor 7th

"Amy Brandon's music is a wondrous and mysterious landscape. The constantly shifting interplay of delicate guitar work and electronic washes is an intricate dance of ancient and futuristic sounds. [Her] technique is an understated kind of virtuosity, with an emotional weight to it that serves to draw the listener in to her world ..."

Miles Okazaki
Jazz guitarist & composer

"Her warm and resonant guitar-work contrasted with the recorded soundscapes, which were much more varied and unexpected. Sometimes they were dissonant and abrasive and metallic, other times attenuated and whispering and reminding one of birds calling or winds rushing ... The result was immersive and multi-layered..."

Alayne McGregor

" .. 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."

"... Brandon’s hypnotic music ... disorients its audience, surreptitiously enveloping the listener in rich, unfamiliar surroundings."

Nick Storring
Musicworks Magazine
Concert & CD Review


Holding degrees in jazz guitar performance and composition, guitarist Amy Brandon is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in music cognition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has performed in Canada, the USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK and festivals including ISIM, BeAST FeAST and NYCEMF. She has received commissions to write for Canadian and international ensembles including SNIM (Austria), Caution Tape Sound Collective (CAN), Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble (USA) and Vox London Collective (UK). Awards include the National Sawdust Hildegard Initiative (Honourable Mention), nominations for Music Nova Scotia and ECMA awards for her jazz-electroacoustic album 'Scavenger' and the Roberta Stephen Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers. In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning music cognition, virtual reality, improvisation and the guitar. She has presented her work at Berklee College of Music and conferences in Australia, USA, Switzerland, Hungary and the UK. Download CV.

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Schedule 2018.

October, 2018 @ SNIM, Vienna AUS
Premiere of new work for electric guitar duo

July, 2018 @ Chorus Festival, London UK
Premiere of Erratics (chamber choir) for Vox London Collective
July 5-15, 2018 @ Sound Symposium, St. John's Newfoundland
Performance and workshop TBA

June 27-30, 2018 @ MISE-EN Festival, Brooklyn, NY
US Premiere of lake strata (piano, cello & bassoon)

June 22, 2018 @ Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Louisville, KY
Paper - Bimanual control, IHI & classical guitar performance

June 15-17 @ Something Else! Festival, Hamilton, ON
Performance with Susan Alcorn 

June 12, 2018 @ National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
US premiere of gestures of recoil (piano, cello & flute) - Hildegard Competition (Honourable Mention) 

May 27, 2018 @ Hamilton, ON (Venue TBA)
Premiere of 3 Portraits (orchestra) - Dundas Valley Orchestra

May 7, 2018 @ Normandy Castle, Cerisy, FR
Premiere of Entry of Shadows (acousmatic) - Commissioned by Videodanse Bourgogne.

April 26-28, 2018 @ BeAST FeAST Festival, University of Birmingham, UK
Hypervigilance (installation)

April 22, 2018 @ Material Cultures of Music Notation Conference - Utrecht University, NL
Paper - Motor learning, perceptual patterns and guitar notation in augmented reality

March 24, 2018 @ Spark to Stone, Array Space, Toronto ON
Premiere of gestures of recoil (piano, cello & flute). Commissioned by Caution Tape Sound Collective.

March 13, 2018 @ Interactive Traces - University of Liverpool, UK
Premiere of Hidden Motive (VR and solo cello)

February 15-18, 2018 @ Guitar Alla Grande, Ottawa ON
Premiere of Intermountainous (10-string guitar and elec.)

January 10, 2018 @ Open Waters Festival, Halifax, NS
Quartet improvised electronics score for the film Metropolis