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."

    NICK STORRING
    Musicworks Magazine #125, Concert Review, Summer 2016
  • " .. a moving concert of pure musical freedom .."

    PETER MARTYN
    Concert Review, Truro Daily News, October 27. 2015
  • ".. [she has] created a whole language of her own as a composer .. you are getting in on the ground floor of something great .."

    MIKE RUD
    JUNO winner, 2014 (as quoted in The Truro Daily News, October 27, 2015)
  • " ...wonderful. Such strange and wondrous worlds [evoked] on the instrument."

    MILES OKAZAKI
    Guitarist & Composer

biography

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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 papers for 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


  • September 10, 2016: Duo concert with guitarist Jake Hanlon @ Visual Voice Gallery, Truro, NS 7.30pm
  • October 1, 2016: Duo concert with pianist Bill Stevenson @ Visual Voice Gallery, Truro, NS 7.30pm
  • November 10, 2016: CD Release with guitarist Mike Rud @ Resonance Cafe, Montreal, QC 9pm
  • November 12, 2016: CD Release with guitarist Roddy Ellias @ Metro Music, Ottawa, ON 4pm
  • November 13, 2016: CD Release with pianist Ali Berkok and vocalist Laura Swankey @ Somewhere There, Array Space, Toronto, ON
  • December 2, 2016: Concert with Ben Zucker @ TBA in San Francisco, USA
  • December 4, 2016: Concert with Kyle Motl @ TBA in San Diego, USA 
  • December 7, 2016: Concert with saxophonist Jeff Henderson and artist Shannon Novak @ Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ
  • December 9-11: Conference: Instrument of Change, the International Rise of the Guitar, Melbourne, AUS
  • December 12, 2016: Concert with guitarist Harry Coulson at Lebowski's, Melbourne, AUS
  • December 14-19: UK Tour - concerts TBA

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD BOOK

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.



 amygbrandon@gmail.com              1.902.986.5299