amy brandon (guitarist)

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press & quotes

  • " .. 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 - July2016
  • "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 ...
    Guitarist & Composer

  • ".. [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)
  • "Brandon’s hypnotic music ... disorients its audience, surreptitiously enveloping the listener in rich, unfamiliar surroundings."
    Musicworks Magazine #126
    CD Review - November 2016
  • "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..."

    Concert Review - November 2016



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' which is nominated for 'Classical Recording of the Year 2016' by Music Nova Scotia.

In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning improvisation and guitar pedagogy. Recent presentations include 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.

NEW ALBUM 'Scavenger' nominated for
Classical Recording of the Year
by Music Nova Scotia

Buy 'Scavenger' on iTunes

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


upcoming concerts


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