Amy Brandon

guitarist . composer

"Otherworldly and meditative ... clashing of bleakness with beauty ..."

Alan Fark
Minor 7th

"... an intricate dance of ancient and futuristic sounds."

Miles Okazaki
Jazz guitarist & composer

"Her warm and resonant guitar-work ... immersive and multi-layered..."

Alayne McGregor

" .. mesmerizing nylon-string guitar work  .. one of the festival’s highlights."

Nick Storring
Musicworks Magazine
Concert & CD Review


Holding degrees in jazz guitar performance and composition, Amy is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in music cognition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has performed internationally (Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, UK) and at several experimental music festivals. In addition to performing and academic work, she has written contemporary choral, chamber, orchestral and acousmatic work, with premieres at National Sawdust (NYC), Chorus Festival (London, UK), Cerisy Castle (France), 21C (Toronto) and the MISE-EN Festival. In 2017 she received the Roberta Stephen Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers. Download CV.

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Schedule 2019.

May 10, 2019 @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Edmonton, Alberta
Canadian premiere of Black is the colour by the Pro Coro #connect youth choir

May 4, 2019 @ Latitude 53, Edmonton AB
Guitars & Saws: Double bill with Sonia Paço-Rocchia as part of New Music Edmonton

March 30, 2019 @ The Music Gallery, Toronto ON
Premiere of new work for Continuum Contemporary Ensemble / PIVOT

March, 2019 @ Les Harris Amarinthine Museum
Premiere of Prometheus for Brahms guitar, performed by Joseph Ehrenpreis

February 14-March 3 @ The Banff Centre, Alberta
Workshop and premiere of new choral work Erratics by Pro Coro

February 13, 2019 @ Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
Premiere of new work for trombonist Dale Sorenson

January 27, 2019 @ Winnipeg New Music Composer's Institute
Performance of 3 Portraits by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

January 16, 2019 @ SongSlam, Toronto ON
Premiere of new art song The Bond, performed by Sara Schabas and Geoffrey Conquer

January 8, 2019 @ Open Waters Experimental Music Festival
Premiere of Entry Point by Symphony Nova Scotia

January 5, 2019 @ Royal Irish Academy of Music
Performance of lake strata by KIRKOS Ensemble

Schedule 2018.

December 9, 2018 @ Hidden Dome, Brisbane, Australia
Performance of Scavenger cycle for guitar and electronics by Libby Myers

November 30, 2019 @ Arts at the Armory, Boston MA
Premiere of tidal mark for Bb clarinet, bass clarinet and horn by Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble

November 16-17, 2018 @ Music in New Technologies, Halifax NS
AR performance and demonstration

October 27, 2018 @ IAWM, Trinity College, Dublin
Performance of gestures of recoil by KIRKOS Ensemble

October 21, 2018 @ Metropolis, NYC with Tesselat Composers' Collective
Premiere of Aperture for string quartet performed by Clara Kim (violin), Adda Kridler (violin), Jocelin Pan (viola) & Joann Whang (cello)

October 19, 2018 @ SNIM, Vienna AUS
Premiere of retribution/redistribution for electric guitar duo

October 17, 2018 @ Ball State University, IN
Performance of lake strata (piano, cello & bassoon)

October 14, 2018 @ esquina, Chicago, IL
Performance with Ben Zucker

October 11-13, 2018 @ EMM Festival, Lewis University, Illinois
Performance of Intermountainous featuring guitarist Julian Bertino

September 29, 2018 8pm: Mise-En Bushwick Open Studios
Hidden Motive (AR work) with Kristina Warren

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 with Susan Alcorn

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 13-17 @ 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 17, 2018 @ Normandy Castle, Cerisy, FR
Premiere of Entry of Shadows (acousmatic) - Commissioned by Videodanse Bourgogne.

May 4, 2017 @ CKDU, Halifax, NS
Hypervigilance with saxophonist Andrew Mackelvie

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