Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Brady, Tim(Timothy Wesley John). Composer, guitarist, b Montreal, Canada, 11 July 1956. Self taught until age 19, he studied with Claude Dyotte (guitar, Montreal 1975-8). He then attended Concordia University (Montreal), jazz guitar and composition (B.F.A. 1978), and the New England Conservatory, jazz guitar (Mick Goodrick) and composition (Tom McKinley) (M.Mus. degree 1980). He also studied with James McKay (conducting, Toronto 1982-4), and Odaline de la Martinez (conducting, London 1986-7).
Based in Toronto 1980-6 and in Montreal after 1987. He led jazz groups in Toronto from 1980-1986, 10-piece, 7-piece, trio and quartet, all at various times; did some Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts, some jazz festivals (Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal), and club dates. Did special projects in Toronto with Gil Evans (1983) and Kenny Wheeler (1984). He moved more into composed new music and electroacoustics from the late 1980s on. Still very occasionally uses improvisation in composed works-for ex., around 1997 he wrote a piece for improvising string quartet for a concert in Montreal. He still plays jazz at home, and his composed music betrays a strong jazz influence in the harmonic and melodic constructions, but he does not use the standard forms.
In 1989 he formed Bradyworks in order to play his own music and to promote his vision of the electric guitar. The ensemble has given concerts for both the CBC and Radio-Canada and was featured at the 1990 Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville. In November 1991 the ensemble undertook a highly successful 12-city North American tour, including a New York debut, as well as releasing its first CD, entitled Inventions. In March of 1994 Bradyworks undertook a 6-concert Canadian tour, presenting the premiere of Brady's major new work, Revolutionary Songs, as well as solo performances from the Scenarios CD.
During the 1992 - 93 season, Brady performed solo concerts throughout Europe and North America, as well as being a featured artist at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Festival in New York, the Bourges Electronic Music Festival and the Festival international de jazz de Montreal. In the fall of 1993 Brady performed as a soloist with the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto in a performance of his electric guitar concerto, LOUD, as well as performing solo concerts in New York, Princeton, Paris and Barcelona.
The 1994 - 95 concert season saw Brady perform concerts in Philadelphia (with the Relache ensemble), New York (solo), as guest composer/performer for two concerts with the Cross Arts Ensemble in Mannheim, Germany and three concerts in Norway with the NMK composers' collective. He also performed a 5-city concert tour of the United Kingdom, including his debut at London's South Bank Centre and a solo recording for BBC Radio 3. November 1995 saw the premiere of two new chamber works, Double Helix and Unison Rituals, and in March of 1995 he was an artist-in-residence at the GRM studios of Radio-France in Paris, where he created a new work for electric guitar and tape.
The 1995 - 96 season saw Brady performing in Montreal (Innovations en concert), New York (The Knitting Factory), Toronto (Music Gallery), Los Angeles (Alligator Club) and at the Festival d'Hiver et d'Aujourd'hui in Annecy, France, as well as doing radio broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio-Canada and Radio-France. In April 1996 his ensemble released its second CD, entitled Revolutionary Songs, and was once again featured at the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville in May, 1996 in a performance recorded for the Radio-Canada show, Le Navire Night.
In the fall of 1997 Brady was the Artistic Director of The Body Electric / Guitarevolution festival, a massive 23- concert celebration of new music for the electric guitar held simultaneously in 7 cities across North America. In November 1997 Brady was a featured performer/composer at the prestigious Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, presenting a solo concert and a workshop for young composers.
In fall 2002 he performed at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, where he gave the US premiere of his guitar concerto Playing Guitar, for electric guitar, sampler and 15 instruments, accompanied by Montreal's Nouvel Ensemble Modern. His orchestral work Three or Four Days After the Death of Kurt Cobain was performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in November 2002.
Imaginary Guitars (1995); Chalk Paper; Inventions; Vision (for strings and improvising soloist with Kenny Wheeler); duo CD with John Abercrombie; 10 Collaborations (2000);
Twenty Quarter Inch Jacks (2002); Unison Rituals (2003)
Kaptainis, Arthur. 'Tim Brady: a genuine maverick,' CanComp , Oct 1983
Everett-Green, Robert. 'Champion of new music ranks it with Maple Leafs,' Toronto Globe and Mail , 25 Jan 1986
Hurlbut, Andrew. 'Strange Attractors,' Musicworks , Jan 1997
Hale, James. 'Guitarist expands avant-garde,' Ottawa Citizen , 4 Nov 2000
Has also contributed articles to Musicworks since 1991 - see issues # 51 ("The Electric Guitar in New Music - 6 interviews"), #61 ("Death of the Masterpiece"), #70 ("New music in Belfast") #71 ("James Bond, Tan Dun and my Canadian Electroacoustic Folk Music").
Tim Brady won two PRIX OPUS in 2004
"Composer of the Year" - for the 2002 - 2003 season
"20 Jacks 1/4" - best production for young audiences
He won first or second prizes in the CAPAC Fellowships composition competition in 1981 ( String Quartet No. 1 ), in 1983 ( Piano Fantasy in Three Movements ,Concertino for Orchestra ), and in 1985 ( Lyric ); was a finalist in the CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers with Visions in 1986; and recipient of CAPAC's Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux award for Variants in 1987. In 2004, he was named Quebec composer of the year by the Conseil quebecois de la musique. He received commissions from Topology (Brisbane), The Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ,ARRAYMUSIC , Radio-France, CBC radio's 'Two New Hours,' Quatuor Molinari, the English Guitar Quartet, the Festival international les Coups de theatre (Montreal), the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, NMC, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Quatuor de saxophones de Montreal, Marie-Josee Simard, SMCQ, Vivienne Spiteri, and others.