Amy Brandon

composer . guitarist

"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




Winner of the 

with Lindsay Dobbin and Raven Davis


Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium 2019

Paper: Perceptuomotor encoding of complex movements and the feedforward process of jazz guitar improvisation.


Orchestral work Entry Point receives Honourable Mention from the 5th Wave Collective Chicago Call for Scores


Intermountainous wins The Leo Brouwer Grand Prize in the Leo Brouwer 2019 International Composition Competition for Solo Guitar


Composer and guitarist Amy Brandon's pieces have been described as '... mesmerizing' (Musicworks Magazine), "Otherworldly and meditative ... clashing of bleakness with beauty ..." (Minor Seventh) and '.. an intricate dance of ancient and futuristic sounds' (Miles Okazaki). Recent and upcoming 2018-19 events include premieres by Ekmeles (NYC - ICEBERG New Music), Chartreuse Trio (Music in Bloom, Indiana), Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Pro Coro (Banff Centre), trombonist Dale Sorensen, pianist Yumi Suehiro, Continuum Contemporary Music Ensemble (PIVOT) as well as performances at Music in New Technologies (CAN), New Music Edmonton, and the centre d’experimentation musicale in Quebec. 

She has received Canadian and international composition awards and honourable mentions from the Leo Brouwer Guitar Composition Competition (Grand Prize), Central European String Quartet ('Most Innovative'), Groundswell and RMN Classical (Europe). Her 2016 solo guitar and electronics album 'Scavenger' was nominated for regional awards including Music Nova Scotia and ECMAs in 2017/18. She has performed in Canada, the USA, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, the UK and at several festivals including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Guitar Now Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series, Something Else!, Sound Symposium, the International Society for Improvised Music, BeAST FeAST and the Open Waters Experimental Music Festival. She has been a resident at the Banff Centre, the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, PIVOT and a composer participant in Interplay with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. 

In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning music cognition, virtual reality, improvisation and the guitar. 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 presented her work at conferences in Australia, USA, Switzerland, Hungary, the UK and at Berklee College of Music, Boston.

Schedule 2019.

November 24-December 7, 2019
Residency at the centre d'experimentation musicale, Chicoutimi, QC

November 17, 2019 at Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
Performance of mimic for trio and 8-channel electronics

November 5, 2019 at McGill University, Montreal QC
Guest Lecture: Research Methods in Music TBC

November 2, 2019 at Centre for Art Tapes
Unity Audio Workshop - 1pm

October 21, 2019 at Art Bar + Projects, Halifax, NS
Performance (solo guitar and electronics)

October 12, 2019 at Bloomingdale School of Music, NYC
Performance of threads by Chartreuse Trio

August 22-25, 2019 @ The University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON
The 21st century guitar: interdisciplinary perspectives on performance and pedagogy

July 15-August 3, 2019
Composer Resident at EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet, Banff Centre
Performances of string trio threads

July 15, 2019
Hong Kong Guitar Symposium:
Perceptuomotor encoding of complex movements and the feedforward process of jazz guitar improvisation

July 12, 2019 @ Minneapolis, MN
Performance of threads by Chartreuse String Trio

June 4, 2019 @ 1313, Halifax NS 8pm
Performance with violist Jennifer Thiessen and saxophonist Ida Toninato

May 29, 2019 @ SMC Music & Computing Conference, Malaga, Spain
Premiere of 7 Malaguena Fragments for Augmented Guitar performed by Emma Rush

May 17, 2019 @ Music in Bloom, Bloomington Indiana
Premiere of threads for Chartreuse Trio

May 4, 2019 @ The Orange Hub Black Box Theatre, Edmonton AB
Guitars & Saws: Double bill with Sonia Paço-Rocchia as part of New Music Edmonton

May 3, 2019 @ Mise_En Place, Brooklyn
Premiere of Mirrorims performed by Yumi Suehiro

April 13, 2019 @ Art Bar + Projects, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Performance of flesh projektor (Augmented Guitar) as part of suddenlyListen

March 30, 2019 @ 918 Bathust, Toronto ON
Premiere of mimic for Continuum Contemporary Ensemble / PIVOT

March 20, 2019 @ The Music Room, Halifax NS
Premiere of dreim.spk for solo trombone and electronics.
Commissioned and performed by Dale Sorensen

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

March 9, 2019 @ the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC
American premiere of gouging at a forest sea for vocal quartet and electronics.
Performed by Ekmeles as the winner of ICEBERG New Music's call for scores.

February 24, 2019 @ All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, Edmonton, AB
Performance of choral work Erratics by Pro Coro.

February 15, 2019 @ The Banff Centre, Alberta CAN
Premiere of choral work Erratics by Pro Coro