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

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

Nick Storring
Musicworks Magazine
Concert & CD Review


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 performed internationally (Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, UK) and at several experimental music festivals. In addition to performing and academic work, she has written contemporary choral, chamber, orchestral and acousmatic work, with premieres at National Sawdust (NYC), Chorus Festival (London, UK), Cerisy Castle (France), 21C (Toronto) and the MISE-EN Festival. In 2017 she received the Roberta Stephen Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers. Download CV.

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Schedule 2019.

March 30, 2019 @ The Music Gallery, Toronto ON
Premiere of new work for Continuum Contemporary Ensemble / PIVOT

February 13, 2019 @ Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
Premiere of new work for trombonist Dale Sorenson

May 4, 2019 @ Latitude 53, Edmonton AB
Guitars & Saws: Double bill with Sonia Paço-Rocchia as part of New Music Edmonton

Schedule 2018.

November 16-17, 2018 @ Music in New Technologies, Halifax NS
AR performance and demonstration

November 8-10, 2018 @ SPLICE, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Solo guitar performance

October 27, 2018 @ IAWM, Trinity College, Dublin
Performance of gestures of recoil

October 21, 2018 @ Metropolis, NYC with Tesselat Composers' Collective
Premiere of Aperture for string quartet featuring members of the Argus Quartet

October 19, 2018 @ SNIM, Vienna AUS
Premiere of retribution/redistribution for electric guitar duo

October 11-13, 2018 @ EMM Festival, Lewis University, Illinois
Performance of Intermountainous featuring guitarist Julian Bertino

September 29, 2018 8pm: Mise-En Bushwick Open Studios
Hidden Motive (AR work) with Kristina Warren

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 with Susan Alcorn

June 27-30, 2018 @ MISE-EN Festival, Brooklyn, NY
US Premiere of lake strata (piano, cello & bassoon)

June 22, 2018 @ Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Louisville, KY
Paper - Bimanual control, IHI & classical guitar performance

June 13-17 @ Something Else! Festival, Hamilton, ON
Performance with Susan Alcorn 

June 12, 2018 @ National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
US premiere of gestures of recoil (piano, cello & flute) - Hildegard Competition (Honourable Mention) 

May 27, 2018 @ Hamilton, ON (Venue TBA)
Premiere of 3 Portraits (orchestra) - Dundas Valley Orchestra

May 17, 2018 @ Normandy Castle, Cerisy, FR
Premiere of Entry of Shadows (acousmatic) - Commissioned by Videodanse Bourgogne.

May 4, 2017 @ CKDU, Halifax, NS
Hypervigilance with saxophonist Andrew Mackelvie

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 - Motor learning, perceptual patterns and guitar notation in augmented reality

March 24, 2018 @ Spark to Stone, Array Space, Toronto ON
Premiere of gestures of recoil (piano, cello & flute). Commissioned by Caution Tape Sound Collective.

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