Early Music Concert with the Amadeus Consort

Stellar concert with Chicago’s Amadeus Consort in Hyde Park.  We performed a beautiful Vivaldi lute concerto (video below) as well as a wide range of early instrumental pieces.  I performed on Baroque Guitar and modern guitar.  It was a great line-up of some of Chicago’s leading early musicians.



Schubertiade 15′

A whole day of Schubert? What more could a music nerd ask for?!

Schubert’s birthday, January 31st, is always a wonderful day of music-making.  This year I joined the Liederstube in Chicago’s Fine Art’s Building.  I performed with singers such as: Eric Miranda-baritone; Oliver Camacho-tenor; and Kaitlin Foley-soprano.  Even my girlfriend, a scientist and music enthusiast, sang in a jam of Der Lindenbaum!

If you’re a Schubert enthusiast or fan of lieder, the Liederstube in the Fine Arts Building runs once a month in Chicago and anyone can attend!  Simply come with some art songs and prepare to jam.






England Tour with Chamber Opera Chicago

Many adventures were had on this great 5 city tour of England with Chamber Opera Chicago this past Summer.  We performed a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s last novel, Persuasion.  Cities included: Bath, Windsor, Brighton, Margate/Ramsgate, Bury St. Edmunds.   I was thrilled to get the chance to meet and have a Schubert coaching with the Grammy award winning collaborator and pianist, Julius Drake.

In the past we have also toured in New York (the tour where I was fortunate enough to meet the baritone with whom I’d go on to record a CD of Schubert).     This Summer (2016) Chamber Opera Chicago hopes to travel and tour through Scotland.


Julius Drake



England 4

NEW CD- Franz Schubert_A Wanderer’s Guitar

CD Cover

I’m very proud to announce that after several months work, I have released my debut classical recording: FRANZ SCHUBERT- A Wanderer’s Guitar.  The CD resurrects the once common practice in 19th century Vienna of performing Schubert Lieder (songs) with Voice & Guitar rather than, the original, Voice & Piano.  The CD was recorded with the wonderful Schubertian baritone, Ryan de Ryke in 2014 and recorded by Brandon’s own record label: Jester Recordings.

To Download the CD:

CD Promo & Interviews

CD Review:  http://www.fullness-of-life.com/kemers-music-musings/2015/1/29/an-alternate-schubert-universe



Lecture Recital

I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to give a lecture recital in Winnetka at a beautiful French restaurant called Mirani’s this week.  I performed for a distinguished collection of guests at a private party and featured a set of works by Chopin, a few operatic fantasies and some Bach.  The event reminded me that as much as I love sharing music by performing, there’s nothing better than getting to talk about and explain its subtleties.

Chicago premier of Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon

This winter Northwestern put on the Chicago premier of an operatic setting of Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon and conducted by Hal France. I played the steel string acoustic guitar and got to meet the composer when he came to opening night and even made a cameo on stage! What an experience.   (Ricky is on the left in the above picture and I’m in the pit on the bottom right in the picture below)

Conducting Carmen!

Here’s a picture from a recent Northwestern Guitar Ensemble concert where I opened the concert by conducting the first movement of a suite from Carmen.

Baroque Guitar continuo playing in L’incoronazione di Poppea!

I was thrilled this month to have the chance to perform in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for the second time.  This performance was made all the more special by the large continuo section of talented musicians made up of theorbo, two harpsichords, triple harp, viola da gamba, lirone, organ and baroque guitar.  Below you’ll find pictures of some of the rehearsals, and after the performance.