Montréal (Québec), 1956
Composer • Performer (electric guitar)

Composer / guitarist Tim Brady defies categorization — an electric guitar virtuoso who writes operas, plays concertos and feels as comfortable with a laptop electronic improvisation as with a string quartet. The guitar as orchestra — his music is a highly personal synthesis of contemporary classical, jazz, rock and electronics.

For the past 25 years he has toured the world, both as a soloist and with his group Bradyworks. In 2004 he won the prix Opus “Composer of the Year” prize, given by the Conseil québécois de la musique. In 2007 he was awarded the Jan. V. Matecjek award by SOCAN. He has performed at many major festivals and venues, including the Montréal International Jazz Festival, Festival Présence in Paris, The South Bank Centre in London, the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, and in 2010 he was featured composer at the Winnipeg Symphony’s International New Music Festival. From 2008 to 2013 he was composer-in-residence with the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, and has worked with the Montréal, Toronto, Québec City and Vancouver symphonies. His CD, Atacama: Symphony #3, was named “Création de l’année” for 2012 at the prix Opus in Québec and it was nominated for a JUNO in 2014.

Atacama: Symphony #3 recently had its New York premiere at the prestigious National Sawdust Concert Hall, in a performance featuring the Grammy-nominated Trinity Wall Street Choir.

His chamber and orchestral music is often influenced by strong jazz and rock rhythms, combined with a subtle sense of harmony and texture, and a flair for dramatic forms and structures. Delicate melodies inhabit the same world as dense, jagged, syncopated chords, giving the music a sense of openness, surprise and intrigue. 24 CDs, 4 operas, 8 symphonies, and dozens of international tours later, his music continues to engage listeners around the world.

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