amy brandon (guitarist)

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solo guitar & electroacoustic music

press & quotes

  • "... a model of classical guitar clarity in the tradition of Segovia, Yepes and Bream, with lyricism and triadic harmony that can suggest idiomatic composers like Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo ..."
  • "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
  • "Otherworldly and meditative ... one wonders whether geography of the coastal North Atlantic may have influenced Brandon in her creative orchestration of this clashing of bleakness with beauty ... [her] compositions succeed, as all excellent music does, in conjuring a palpable and astonishing mood."

    Minor Seventh CD Review - February, 2017

  • "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:

    " .. 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."

    CD Review:

    "... Brandon’s hypnotic music ... disorients its audience, surreptitiously enveloping the listener in rich, unfamiliar surroundings."

  • "cascading arpeggios and harmonic language evoke an unplugged Ben Monder.."

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New album 'Scavenger' released June 2016.

Nominated for 'Classical Recording of the Year 2016' by Music Nova Scotia
and 'Classical Composition of the Year' by the 2017 East Coast Music Awards.

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Holding BMUS and MA 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, Australia, New Zealand, UK) and at several festivals including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Guitar Now Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series, the International Society for Improvised Music and the 2016 Open Waters Experimental Music Festival. Her recent album 'Scavenger' was nominated for Music Nova Scotia 'Classical Recording of the Year 2016' and ECMA 'Classical Composition of the Year 2017'. She has been a resident at the Banff Centre and the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, and a composer participant in Interplay with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Upcoming 2017 performances include the BeAST FeAST festival at the University of Birmingham and the NYCEM electroacoustic music festival in New York as well as concerts with classical guitarists Emily Shaw and Craig Visser. In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning cognition and guitar expertise. She has presented her work at conferences in Australia, USA, Switzerland, Hungary and the UK, as well as published in Just Jazz Guitar magazine.

Upcoming 2017

March 31: Women Composer's Festival @ Hartford, CT

April 27-29: BeAST FeAST Electronic Music Festival @ Birmingham, UK

May 19-28: Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop with Unsuk Chin and Chris Paul Harman, Toronto, ON

June 4: Concert with Emily Shaw & Craig Visser @ Knox United Church, Brookfield, NS

June 20: Performance at Abrons Arts Centre as part of NYCEMF, Brooklyn, USA

October, 2017: Performances with jazz guitarist Jessica Ackerley