Daniel Brandes

B.Mus (U Windsor), M.Mus (UVic)

Daniel Brandes (b. 1985) is a composer who lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and cat. In 2010, Daniel completed his Masters of Music at the University of Victoria where he studied composition with Christopher Butterfield and Daniel Bíro. In 2012 he founded A Place to Listen — Victoria BC’s only monthly experimental music series — which presents works from members of the Wandelweiser composers collective, and other fringe artists exploring the use(s) of silence in contemporary music.

Daniel composes music that walks tight ropes — tight ropes between nothing and something, fragility and fierceness, beauty and ugliness. He likes art that makes the listener/viewer/reader come to it. His works have been performed in Canada and Europe by numerous ensembles and soloists, including: the Quatour Bozzini, Ethos Collective, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Antoine Beuger, Max Murray and Andrea Young.Recent and upcoming projects include: a nearly 3 hour work for voice and electronics for LA based artist Andrea Young, and a new work for 7 musicians and voice, commissioned by Victoria’s Open Space Gallery, premiered in June of 2013 by the Quatuor Bozzini and members of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. His scores are available through Edition Wandelwesier.

Daniel joined the VCM in 2014, and through a BC Arts Council grant, and a newly formed partnership between the VCM and the Canada Music Centre for BC Region, coordinated and facilitated the Composer in the Classroom program in local middle, high, and also elementary schools.  His work with students developing awareness and appreciation for their sonic environment, as well as their innate talent to be creative with sound, has inspired many young students to develop their own musical compositions, representing them through various means of graphic notation.  Daniel has increased his involvement with the VCM, having joined the Faculty to teach music theory (Fundamentals) for the postsecondary program, as well as currently managing the VCM’s newly adopted ChoirKids program in local elementary schools, and personally directing three of the choirs.