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solo guitar & electroacoustic music

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  • "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
  • "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
  • "... 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 ..."

    The WholeNote CD Review - April, 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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Holding degrees in jazz guitar performance and composition, guitarist Amy Brandon is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in music cognition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has performed in Canada, the USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK and festivals including ISIM, BeAST FeAST and NYCEMF. She has received commissions to write for Canadian and international ensembles including SNIM (Austria), Caution Tape Sound Collective (CAN), Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble (USA) and Vox London Collective (UK). Awards include the National Sawdust Hildegard Initiative (Honourable Mention), nominations for Music Nova Scotia and ECMA awards for her jazz-electroacoustic album 'Scavenger' and the Roberta Stephen Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers. In addition to performance and composition, she writes and presents academic work concerning music cognition, virtual reality, improvisation and the guitar. She has presented her work at Berklee College of Music and conferences in Australia, USA, Switzerland, Hungary and the UK. Download CV.


October, 2018 @ SNIM, Vienna AUS - Premiere of new work for electric guitar duo

July, 2018 @ Chorus Festival, London UK - Premiere of Erratics (chamber choir) for Vox London Collective

July 5-15, 2018 @ Sound Symposium, St. John's Newfoundland: Performance and workshop TBA

June 22, 2018 @ GFA Convention, Louisville, KY - Paper - Bimanual control, IHI & classical guitar performance

June 15-17 @ Something Else! Festival, Hamilton, ON - Performance with Susan Alcorn

June 12, 2018 @ National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY - Performance (TBA) Hildegard Competition (Honourable Mention)

May 7, 2018 @ Normandy Castle, Cerisy, FR - Premiere of Entry of Shadows (ascousmatic) - Videodanse Bourgogne

April 26-28, 2018 @ BeAST FeAST Festival, University of Birmingham, UK - Hypervigilance (installation)

April 22, 2018 @ Material Cultures of Music Notation Conference - Utrecht University, NL: Paper 

March 24, 2018 @ Caution Tape Sound Collective, Toronto ON - Premiere of Gestures of Recoil (chamber trio)

March 13, 2018 @ Interactive Traces - University of Liverpool, UK - Premiere of Hidden Motive (VR and solo cello)

February 15-18, 2018 @ Guitar Alla Grande, Ottawa ON - Premiere of Intermountainous (10-string guitar and elec.)

January 10, 2018 @ Open Waters Festival, Halifax, NS - Quartet improvised electronics score for the film Metropolis

December 10, 2017 @ The Emmet Ray, Toronto ON - Solo guitar / trio w Laura Swankey & Andrew Furlong 8.30pm

December 10, 2017 @  Guitar Hamilton, Hamilton ON - Solo guitar and electronics (Afternoon Concert)

December 9, 2017 @ Cafe Resonance, Montreal QC - Solo guitar and electronics

December 7, 2017 @ Berklee College of Music, Boston MA - Presentation on VR/AR technology and music

December 1, 2017 @ Heath Street Baptist, London UK - Performance of 'Black is the color' by Vox London Collective

November 25, 2017 @ Array Space, Toronto ON - Performance by Brian Abbott of 'Trebuchet' for electric guitar

November 10-12 @ Sound-Image Colloqium, University of Greenwich, London UK - Presentation of Artificial Light

November 4, 2017 @ Nova Scotia Music Week, Truro NS - Solo guitar and electronics - 9pm at The Nook & Cranny

November 2, 2017 @ EMBAP Festival, Curitiba, Brazil - Solo guitar and electronics 7.30pm

October 14, 2017 @ Fort Massey Church, Halifax, NS - Nocturne - Solo guitar and electronics 6pm-midnight

September 9, 2017 @ North Country Electronic Music Festival, Burlington VT - Performance with Silk Merchant


August 20-26, 2017 @ Winnipeg, MB - Groundswell Emerging Composer's Workshop

August 18, 2017 @ Forth, Winnipeg, MB - Solo guitar and electronics - 7.30pm 

July 18, 2017 @ Southwark Centre, London, UK - Performance of 'Black is the colour' by Vox London Collective

July 9, 2017 @ 1313 Hollis, Halifax, NS - Performance with Laura Swankey & Andrew Furlong - 7.30pm $5

July 2, 2017 @ Southwark Centre, London, UK - Performance of 'Black is the colour' by Vox London Collective

June 20, 2017 @ Abrons Arts Centre, Brooklyn, NY - NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 6

June 18, 2017 @ Calgary, Alberta, CA - Performance of 'Ecoando' arranged for 5 cellos - Rebelle Ensemble

April 27-29, 2017 @ Birmingham, UK - BeAST FeAST Electroacoustic Music Festival 

March 31, 2017 @ Hartford, CT, USA - Women Composer's Festival of Hartford Music Marathon 

February 13-March 3, 2017 @ Banff Centre, Alberta, CA - 'Concert in the 21st Century' Residency 

December 16, 2016 @ The Burgess Foundation, Liverpool, UK - Concert with Ailis Ni Riain & Kristina Warren 

December 15, 2016 @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK - Concert with Ailis Ni Riain & Kristina Warren    

December 11, 2016 @ Lebowski's, Melbourne, AUS - Concert with guitarist Harry Coulson 

December 8, 2016 @ MIC, Melbourne, AUS - Concert with guitarist Harry Coulson 

December 7, 2016 @ Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ - Concert with Shannon Novak and Jeff Henderson

December 4, 2016 @ UCSD, San Diego, USA - Concert with bassist Kyle Motl  

December 2, 2016 @ The Centre for New Music, San Francisco, USA - Concert with Ben Zucker

November 13, 2016 @ Array Space, Toronto ON - Solo guitar and electronics / with Laura Swankey and Ali Berkok

November 12, 2016 @ Metro Music, Ottawa ON - Solo guitar and electronics / with Roddy Ellias

May 16, 2016 @ The Music Gallery, Toronto, ON - International Society for Improvised Music Conference 

April 3, 2016 @ Sackville Public Library, Halifax, NS - Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series - Solo Concert