Symphony Nova Scotia releases recording of new symphonic music from composer Tim Brady

The How and the Why of Memory: available now!

Halifax, NS – In collaboration with Centrediscs, Symphony Nova Scotia and Canadian composer Tim Brady are proud to release a brand-new record, The How and the Why of Memory.

The How and the Why of Memory features three accessible, vibrant new symphonic works from Brady, performed live by Symphony Nova Scotia under the direction of Maestro Bernhard Gueller. The recording also features solo appearances from Canadian musicians Robert Uchida (violin) and Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot (viola).

The three new works were recorded live in concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium from 2012 through 2015, as part of a four-year creative collaboration between Brady and Symphony Nova Scotia.

“I’m ecstatic about this new record with Symphony Nova Scotia,” says Brady.

“Our new CD presents exciting new Canadian music performed with uncompromising quality and passion by a great Canadian orchestra. Recordings of this scope and ambition don’t come along too often, and I am very pleased to have been part of the project.”

“Tim Brady is one of the most interesting of Canadian composers, and I am very proud of this recording,” says Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Music Director.

“Our orchestra played a superb symphony, and gave outstanding accompaniment to two wonderful soloists in two exciting concertos. This project was more than a pleasure!”

The record’s three symphonic works include:

  • REQUIEM 21.5: VIOLIN CONCERTO, featuring Robert Uchida, violin. Recorded April 2012.A dramatic and emotional three-movement violin concerto, with string orchestra.
  • THE HOW AND THE WHY OF MEMORY: SYMPHONY #4. Recorded March 2014.A symphony featuring an accessible blend of jazz, rhythm, and melody, and exploring how we listen to, imagine, and remember music.
  • VIOLA CONCERTO, featuring Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, viola. Recorded January 2015.A piece showcasing four aspects of the viola – its lyrical/melodic side, its virtuosity, its mysterious side, and its ability to really groove!

Audio samples of the record are available here, and a video introducing the record is online here.

The record is available for download beginning today, Tuesday, September 8, at, Centrediscs, iTunes, and amazon.caThe CD will also be available in person at Symphony Nova Scotia concerts at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

About Tim Brady
TimBrady2Based in Montreal, Tim Brady is a Canadian composer, electric guitarist, and producer who creates music in a wide range of genres, including orchestral music, chamber opera, contemporary dance scores, jazz, and free improvisation.

Praise for Brady includes:

  • “Tim Brady’s Third Symphony, Atacama, (is) a work of haunting and explosive power.” – GRAMOPHONE
  • “The most striking (performance) was Tim Brady’s Atacama: Symphony #3… highly recommended.” – WIRE

Tim Brady’s next appearance in Halifax will be in support of the world premiere of his new opera, Ghost Tango. Presented in collaboration with Vocalypse, Ghost Tango is a riveting new chamber opera that tells the poignant story of a Canadian woman trapped in Argentina’s Dirty War.

Ghost Tango will be performed from September 16-19 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax. Tickets are $25 each, and are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office (6101 University Avenue), 902.494.3820, or

Behind the scenes of “The How and the Why of Memory”

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!


For more information, please contact:
Heidi MacPhee
Director of Communications and Marketing, Symphony Nova Scotia
902.421.1300 x. 226