Bryne Carruthers is a composer, producer and music educator originally from Perth, Ontario. Bryne took up guitar at age 13 and began playing in bands professionally at age 17. He also began producing music at age 16 and ran a recording studio for 12 years, producing 17 full-length albums. He studied jazz guitar at York University in Toronto for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, graduating summa cum laude with the highest cumulative GPA in both the music and fine arts programs. While pursuing his M.A. degree at York as a Canadian Graduate Scholar he analyzed the chord progressions of Weezer’s first five studio albums using Harmonic Vector analysis (practiced by his colleagues at the PhD program at the University of Paris at the Sorbonne) and interviewed the band’s lead singer. He has worked as a composer for Parks and Protected Areas Alberta for four years where he was commissioned to compose the music for over 35 songs, which were featured in live musical theatre performances in Kananaskis Country, a system of parks located in the foothills of the rocky mountains west of Calgary. He has worked as a session musician on guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals at Bova Sound Studios (where audio post-production on Feist’s two latest Juno award winning albums was done) in Ottawa. He has also composed music for TV and documentary film. He currently resides in Brockville Ontario, where he teaches guitar, keyboards, and songwriting through the Canada Music Academy; composes and produces music for clients; and conducts interactive workshops on creating music using the iPad.
|“Bryne is perhaps the smartest musician I have ever encountered. As a drummer, my knowledge of musical theory was seriously lacking when I started at York University. When i began to struggle in theory courses, I turned to Bryne, who was able to simply articulate material that I found my professors were unable to. I am very thankful for his patience and guidance. Without his help, I would not have completed my degree, nor would I be the drummer that I am today.”|
Tobias Smith, Los Angeles based drummer of Atomic Tom, & former student.
|“I really enjoyed studying with Bryne, he breaks down the art of writing popular music into a science and teaches it in a way that anyone can understand.”|
Jeremy Finkelstein (Toronto, ON), musician, drum teacher, & former student
|“I loved working with Bryne, he’s a great guitarist and wonderful producer. He puts a great deal of passion and creativity into his musical arrangements, and he makes you feel completely comfortable in expressing yourself in the studio as a singer and an artist.”|
Linda Grenier (McDonalds Corners, ON), singer-songwriter, guitarist, & former client.
|“Bryne is a helluva guitarist and a pleasure to work with in the studio. I never had to explain what I wanted more than once and the trickiest things he’d just get!”|
Jack Hurd (Perth, ON), composer, pianist, music teacher, & former client.