"A gifted guitarist and composer" -The Whole Note
Graham Campbell is a composer and guitarist who creates music driven by melody and colour. He grew up in a musical family in Bloomington, Indiana, a small town but a large cultural hub of the American Midwest. By the time he was a teenager he was soaking in everything from big band concerts to opera to the thriving local punk scene. His love and curiosity for music of all kinds has remained with him throughout his career. Now based in Toronto, Canada, he performs an eclectic mix of music from original chamber jazz to psychedelic rock, and composes concert music and film scores from his home studio.
He is a frequently featured composer at many major festivals across Canada and Europe, including the Ottawa Chamber Fest, The Festival of the Sound, and the Tiberius International Chamber Festival. From 2014 to 2019 he helped create and present over 20 risk-taking and adventurous concerts as an artistic producer with Spectrum Music, a Toronto-based composers collective. He collaborates often with his father, world renowned clarinetist James Campbell, including the full-length album As You Near Me, which features Graham as a composer, arranger, guitarist, and producer. His film scoring credits include the post-apocalyptic sci-fi "My Girl, Skelly", which was an official selection at the Markham International Film Festival and a finalist at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival, and the animated short "Predestination" for which his orchestral score was nominated for Best Original Score at the Mindfield Film Festival- Albuquerque.
Graham performs regularly with some of Canada's best musicians including violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, jazz singer and pianist Laila Biali, jazz icon Gene DiNovi, the award-winning Afiara String Quartet, and Brazilian/Canadian singer and percussionist Aline Morales. He is a member of psychedelic Brazilian rock band Os Tropies, reggae band The Human Rights, Brazilian choro trio Manjericão, klezmer jazz group Queen Kong, and his own chamber jazz octet, The Graham Campbell Ensemble. In 2016, his indie band Words Around the Waist released House, a full-length album produced by Jean Martin and featuring many of Graham's songs.
As an arranger, Graham is frequently commissioned by artists such as Brazilian/Canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan, fiddler and step dancer Dan Stacey, and musical theatre star Robert Pilon.
A passionate music educator, Graham has spent over 10 years working with Strings Across the Sky, a program that teaches traditional fiddling to indigenous Canadian children. He has shared the gift of music in dozens of public schools around Ontario, and also teaches privately. Although an experienced teacher, he considers himself a student for life and sees every project as an opportunity for personal and artistic growth.