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
ottawajazzscene.com

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

Nick Storring
Musicworks Magazine
Concert & CD Review


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CURRENT NEWS & PROJECTS.

o3.18.19

Intermountainous wins The Leo Brouwer Grand Prize 

in the Leo Brouwer 2019 International Composition Competition for Solo Guitar

o3.11.19

Announcement of my augmented reality residency at the Centre d'Experimentation Musicale in Chicoutimi, Quebec in December, 2019

Biography.

Composer and guitarist Amy Brandon's pieces have been described as '... mesmerizing' (Musicworks Magazine), "Otherworldly and meditative ... a 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, Continuum Contemporary Music Ensemble (PIVOT) as well as performances at Music in New Technologies (CAN) and New Music Edmonton. 

She has received Canadian and international composition awards and honourable mentions from the ACWC, Central European String Quartet, 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 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 14, 2019
Residency at the centre d'experimentation musicale, Chicoutimi, QC

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

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

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 17, 2019 @ Music In Bloom, Bloomington, Indiana
Premiere of a new string trio for Chartreuse

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