My guest this week is composer, arranger, guitarist, and producer, Graham Campbell. Based in Toronto, Canada, Graham’s colorful and melodic chamber music grounded in jazz, folk, and cinematic styles has been heard at many major festivals across Canada and Europe, including the Ottawa Chamber Fest, The Festival of the Sound, and the Tiberius International Chamber Festival. He collaborates often with his father, world renowned clarinetist James Campbell, including on 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 won Best Original Score at the Anatolia Film Festival in Istanbul.
Graham also has extensive experience as an educator spending over 10 years working with Strings Across the Sky, a program that teaches traditional fiddling to indigenous children.
Graham’s experience as a meditator plays a roll in his life as a performer, educator, and composer. In this interview we discuss his background in mindfulness meditation and Alexander technique, including what his daily practice looks like now, and how meditation directly influenced several of his pieces on his new album, “Palms Upward.” We also discuss how mindfulness has helped him with performance anxiety as a professional guitarist.