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2022 - "Backstage at Carnegie Hall: an opera about racism and the electric guitar"
Music: Tim Brady / Libretto: Audrey Dwyer
Stage Direction: Cherissa Richards / Music Direction: Véronique Lussier
Bradyworks Ensemble
Singers: Alicia Ault, Ruben Brutus, Frédéricka Petit-Homme, Justin Welsh, Clayton Kennedy
Premiere: Sept. 23 and 24, 2022 - Centaur Theatre, Montréal


2021 - For Masked Singers, Four Guitars
Streaming video concert for 4 singers and the Instruments of Happiness quartet
Choreography and dance: Charles Brécard
Music of Tim Brady.  First streamed: April 24, 2021 - Le Vivier

2021 - Virtual Concerto for an Imaginary Space
for 4 solo electric guitars, 58 community guitarists, and video images
A virtual production creating using smartphone recordings, click tracks and overdubbing.
Music: Tim Brady
Still images: Catherine Marcogliese
Video: John Klepko, Ayam Yaldo, Olivia McGilchrist
Premiere: YouTube - Mar. 15, 2021

2020 - Musique lente et tranquille à la recherche du bonheur électrique
for four spatialised electric guitars in a large, reverberant space (ie: church, empty factory, etc)
With optional improvised dance (SINHA DANSE - Montréal)
Duration: 59 minutes
Music by Louise Campbell, Andrew Noseworthy, Rose Bolton, Andrew Staniland
Premier: Feb. 15, 2020 - Le VIVIER - Église le Gesù


2019 - As Many Strings As Possible, Playing: Symphony #9

for 150 spatialised electric guitars, at the St. Joseph's Oratory in Montréal
Duration: 35 minutes - part of the 65 minute-long "Bach, Brady, Beatles" programme
Premiered at the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques - Feb. 24, 2019
Music by Tim Brady

2018 - While 100 Guitars Gently Weep: Concerto for George
New work for 99 spatilized electric guitars and guitar soloist
Duration: 18 min 35 seconds (normally played 3 - 4 times in situ)
Commissioned and produced by Luminato (Toronto) - June 16, 2018
Music by Tim Brady (composer/soloist)


2018 - The Lioness of Iran
duration: 85 minutes (with 15 minute intermission)
A concert of music for the Instruments of Happiness quartet, with mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau.  Six new compositions, all based around the poetry of dissident Iranian poet Simin Behbahani.  Music by Kiya Tabassian, Laurie Radford, Jennifer Butler, Parisa Sabet, Tim Brady and Juliet Palmer.  Premiere: Mar. 22, 2018 - Toronto, Mar. 27 - Montréal, Mar. 29 - Québec City.

2018 - Méditations mobiles / Calder Variations
For 4 electric guitars and 8 - 12 other musicians (chamber music)
Duration: 27 minutes and 45 seconds
This is a spatialised work where the musicians are placed in a large rectangle around the audience (who is in the middle).  The composition makes use of the movement of the sound, and some limited controlled improvisation, to create a slow but dynamic listening experience.

Med. mob-CEM

Aug. 24, 2018 - Centre d'éxperimentation musicale (Chicoutimi)
Nov. 17, 2018 - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, in collaboration with Instruments of Happiness and the Centre d'éxperimentation musicale (Chicoutimi)


duration: 60 minutes
Chamber opera for soprano, baritone and solo electric guitar with electronics + video

Music: Tim Brady / Libretto: Douglas Smith / Video: Lukas Pearse
A tale of memory, morality and mortality set against the backdrop of Argentina's "Dirty War"
A Bradyworks/Vocalypse co-production - Premiere: Sept. 16 - 19, 2015, Halifax

2015 - 100 Very Good Reasons Why...
15 minutes (generally played 4 - 5 times in a 2 hour time frame)
For 100 electric guitars in a large, public space (Complex Desjardin, Montréal)
Premiere: Mar. 7, 2015 - Festival Montréal Nouvelles Musiques

YouTube: 100 Guitars
Also available:
2016 - 100 Questions, 100 Réponses

Duration: 15 minutes

for 100 electric guitars in a reverberant, indoor space (designed for Église Gesù, Montréal)
Premiere: Mar. 26, 2016 - Église Gesù, Montréal
YouTube: 100 Guitars - 2016

2012 - Atacama: Symphony #3

duration: 55 minutes

music, guitar and electronics: Tim Brady
Bradyworks plus the VivaVoce Chamber Choir, Peter Schubert, conductor

PRIX OPUS - 2012 - "Best New Composition of the Year - 2012"
JUNO 2013 - Nomination - "Best Classical Composition"

CD on ATMA Classique - Feb. 2013
Premiere: June 12, 2012 - Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Festival premiere: May 16, 2013 - Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville
America premiere:Oct. 29, 2015-National Sawdust (NYC) with Trinity Wall Street Choir+Newspeak

2010 - 24 Frames

duration: 90 minutes (plus intermisson)

music, guitar and electronics: Tim Brady

video: Martin Messier, Nelly-Éve Rajotte

Tim Brady - live at the Bang on a Can Marathon - New York City - June 2010

2006 - My 20th Century(80 minutes)
Images from videos -
click here

"Strumming" - guitar, tape and video
duration: 85 minutes (no intermission)
chamber music / theatre / video project in surround sound
music & text: Tim Brady
video: Oana Suteu, Martin Messier and Tim Brady
stage direction: Stéphane Zarov
5 musician / actors - electric guitar (solo), piano, percussion, saxophone, sampler

1) "Strumming (Hommage à John Lennon)" - solo guitar, tape and video
2) "Traces" (Hommage à Charlie Christian)" - guitar, saxophone, piano, percussion, sampler and video
3) "Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (Casino Adagio)" - solo guitar, virtual string quartet, tape and video
4) "Double Quartet (Hommage à Shostakovitch)" - guitar, saxophone, piano, percussion sampler (virtual string quartet) and lighting

2009 Canadian tour "My 20th Century ":

October/November - Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Waterloo

Feb. 2010 - Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival

2008 Québec tour "Mon 20ième Siècle" (My 20th Century):

May 2008 - Rimouski, Victoriaville (Festival VICTO), Jonquière, L'Assomption and Québec City

2002 / 2005 / 2009 - 20 Quarter Inch Jacks

A 30-minute concert work for 20 electric guitars, composed and conducted by Tim Brady

Can be played by either professional guitarists (8 - 10 hours rehearsal), or well-rehearsed student performers (12 - 24 hours

rehearsal, depending on level of the players).  This concert is often combined with a solo performance+workshop by Tim Brady - 24 Frames (see above) .

2009 - REDCAT Theatre, Los Angeles


2002 - Festival Les Coups de Théâtre (Montréal) - commissioner

Winner - PRIX OPUS - youth music production of the year

2005 - Winnipeg Symphony Orchestrea New Music Festival

2009 - REDCAT Theater, Disney Hall, Los Angeles - CALARTS

2003 - 2006 - Three Cities in the Life of Dr. Norman Bethune(50 minutes)
details + photos: click here

"Bethune" - beginning of Scene 3
A small-scale chamber opera for solo voice (baritone) and 8 instruments, the work was commissioned by Radio-Canada.
music: Tim Brady
text: Norman Bethune, Dorthey Livesay, Raphael Alberti, Lu Xun
Oct. 28, 2003 - Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal (Radio-Canada concert)
Jan. 21 + 22, 2005 - Music Gallery (New Music Concerts), Toronto
Nov. 26, 2005 - Centennial Theatre, Lennoxville
Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 2006 - Canadian tour
** "Bethune" CD release ** - November 2005 on the Ambiances magnètiques label


2008 - VOYAGES: Montréal-New York

Presented at the Théatre La Chapelle

Wednesday April 2 - 8 pm  :  Montréal – New York Percussion

with Shawn Mativetsky (tablas) and Payton MaDdonald (super-marimba)

music by P. MacDonald, B. Pacquet, P. Frehner, and others

Thursday April 3 - 8 pm  : Montréal – New York Piano

with Brigitte Poulin and Pamela Reimer

music by E. Carter, A. Copland, C. Vivier and P. Frehner

Friday April 4 - 8 pm : Montréal – New York Guitars

with Tim Brady, Kevin Gallagher, Antoine Berthiuame, Gary Schwartz and Bérnard Falais

music by M. Jean, S. Johnson, A. Berthiaume, B. Falaise, K. Gann, T. Brady, and M. Oppedisano

Saturday April 5 - 8 pm :  Montréal – New York Instant Opera Company

with Karen Young, Tom Buckner, Tim Brady, Jason Hwang, Phil Hornsey and Lori Freedman

Two incredible voices combine with four master improvisors in a unique interactive environment with the public!

Sunday April 6 - 3 pm  : Montréal - NewYork Saxophones

QUASAR saxophone quartet, with Thomas Buckner, voice

Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathiue Leclair, André Leroux, Jean-Marc Bouchard - saxophones

music by M. Eggert, S.Martin, S. Puta  S. Reich, J. Ter Veldhuis and J.Hwang

2006 - Dimitri Chostakovitch@100 ans: Musique et société: 1906 - 2006
September 13 - 16
3 concerts at the Théâtre la Chapelle
Bradyworks and the Quatuor Molinari
new music from Montreal and by Dimitri Schostakovitch
Sept. 13 - Round-table -panel discussion: Music and society - a question of influence?
With François Germain, Yuli Turovsky, Jean-François Rivest and Kelly Rice, moderated by Tim Brady
Sept. 14 - Quatuor Molinari
music by Serge Arcuri, Tan Dunn and Dimitri Shostakovitch
Sept. 15 - Pamela Reimer and Brigitte Poulin - pianos
Dimitri Shostakovitch - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
Sept. 16 - Bradyworks
music by N. Gilbert, N. Lizée, T. Brady and D. Shostakovitch

2006 - VOYAGES: Montréal - Pays-bas: musique + création

Presented at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
A new music exchange with four groups from Montreal and the Netherlands

Thursday, Feb. 2 - Electra ensemble (Amsterdam)

Friday, Feb. 3 - Rosa Ensemble (Utrecht)

Saturday, Feb. 4 - Bradyworks (Montréal)

Sunday, Feb. 5 - Quasar saxophone quartet (Montréal)

2005 - The Salome Dancer(90 minutes)
details + photos: click here
A 2-act opera for 4 singers, 6 musicians, tape, video and film projections
music: Tim Brady
libretto: John Sobol
April 27 + 28, 2005
King Street Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario, produced by NUMUS Concerts and the Open Ears Festival

2004 - Voyages: Montréal-Bâle

Presented at the Sala Rosa
A 3-concert new music exchange event with Bradyworks and the Quatuor Bozzini from Montréal and the BEAM and Aequatuor from Basle, Switzerland

2002 - Guitarévolution II Festival
A second edition of the new music guitar event, with artists from Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany and the USA.
Brady's work "Playing Guitar: Symphony #1" (46 minutes) was premiered at this Festival.
2004 - "Playing Guitar: Symphony #1" CD released (Ambiances magnètiques)

2002 - Voyages: Montréal - Dublin

Presented at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall of Concordia University
A 4-concert new music exchange event with Bradyworks and the Quatuor Bozzini from Montréal and VOX 21 and the CRASH Esnemble from Dublin, Ireland.

2000 - The Knife Thrower's Partner
5-city Canadian tour with mezzo-soprano Anne-marie Donaovan of this song-cycle with texts by the poet Douglas Burnett Smith.

Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Kitchener, Guelph

1999 - Strange Attractors World Tour
A 6-movmement, 68-minute long work for guitar, electronics and tape, the CD was released in 1997, followed by a 23-concert solo world tour in 1999 with concerts in Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Slovenia and the USA.

1997 - The Body Electric / Guitarévolution New Music For Electric Guitar Festival
Curated and produced by Tim Brady, the event featured 23 concerts in 7 cities with guitarists from Canada, the USA, France and the UK. Brady premiered his electric guitar concerto "The Body Electric" at the Festival, a CBC commission for the Esprit Orchestra.

1994 - Revolutionary Songs
A song-cycle in English, French and Spanish, with poems from Russia, Angola, France and Nicaragua that talk of the revolutionary experience
Premiered at the Musée d'art contemproain de Montréal
Followed by concerts in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto
1996 - CD of "Revolutionary Songs" on Justin Time Records
1999 - a production in the United Kingdom in collaboration with the "Regular Music II" ensemble

1991 - The Songline
A chamber concerto in 6 movements for 5 musicians by Tim Brady
Featured on the 12-city 1991 Canadian / US Bradyworks tour

Trois-Rivières, Montreal, Lennoxville, St. John's, New York, Halifax, Toronto, Regina, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg

1989 - Inventions
music: Tim Brady
choreography: Julie West
for 3 dancers, a chamber ensemble of 6 musicians (Bradyworks) plus 3 improvising soloists
Soloists: Tim Brady (electric guitar), John Surman (saxophones), Barre Phillips (bass)
Productions in Ottawa and Montreal - Sept. 1989
1990 - CD of "Inventions" released on Justin Time Records

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