Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Timothy Wesley John Brady (born 11 July 1956) is a Canadian composer, electric guitarist, improvising musician, concert producer, record producer and cultural activist. Working in the field of contemporary classical music, experimental music, and musique actuelle, his compositions utilize a variety of styles from serialism to minimalism and often incorporate modern instruments such as electric guitars and other electroacoustic instruments. His music is marked by a synthesis of musical languages, having developed an ability to use elements of many musical styles while retaining a strong sense of personal expression.
Actions Speak Louder (3 Album Set) by Tim Brady, Redshift Music , 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
Actions speak louder than words, it is often said. And the words we use to describe and categorize music – jazz, rock, tonal, atonal, classical, experimental, world, spectral, minimal, whatever – often focus on the technical and cultural differences between musical actions that are, at their heart, remarkably unified in intent. The act of making music, the passion of composing, the happiness of playing guitar, have always been for me a single continuum of ideas and possibilities, never a series of discrete styles and rules.
The initial COVID-19 crisis in the spring and summer of 2020 gave me the time to think about these ideas, and to create these three interconnected recordings. They explore this fundamental idea of a single musical continuum with three different approaches, but always with the idea of making connections through musical actions, rather than creating divisions through technical discourse.
The titles and simple programme notes give some clues as to how and why the music was created, but I don’t want to talk too much because, after all, actions speak louder…
released April 23, 2021
Tim Brady (1-9) – solo electric guitar, electronics.
Instruments of Happiness (10)
Tim Brady, Jonathan Barriault, Simon Duchesne, Françis Brunet-Turcotte – guitars
Of Sound Mind and Body (11)
Tim Brady – electric guitar, NotePerformer 3 programming
Helmut Lipsky- violin
Shawn Mativetsky – tabla, percussion
Tim Brady – electric guitar/ conductor
Nathalie Poulin – soprano
André Leroux – saxophones
Gordon Cleland – cello
Louise-Andrée Baril – piano
Marie-José Simard – percussion.
Mirror Image (18)
Tim Brady – conductor, studio guitars, production
Carol Bauman & Richard Moore – percussion
Kim Enns-Hildebrand & Daria Salemka – sopranos
Anne-Marie Donovan – mezzo soprano, spoken voice
John Tute – tenor
Michael Donovan – baritone
Mixing, editing, and production: Tim Brady
Mastered by: Tim Brady and Morris Apelbaum
Cover photos by: Catherine Marcogliese
Liner notes by: Brian Morton
Tim Brady plays Godin Guitars.
© and ℗ — Tim Brady