Isaac Symonds is a musician, producer, and songwriter living in Montreal. He spent the past eight years as a member of the internationally acclaimed, Juno Award winning band, Half Moon Run. A multi-instrumentalist, Isaac played guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, percussion and synthesizers in Half Moon Run. He was also a vocals and song-writer with writing credits on all of the bands albums: A Blemish in the Great Light produced by Joe Chiccarelli, Sun Leads Me On produced by Jim Abbiss, Seasons of Change (Joe Chiccarelli), and the song “Unofferable” from Dark Eyes.

As a member of Half Moon Run Isaac preformed more than six hundred concerts, including twenty European tours, many major festivals on both sides of the Atlantic and also Australia. Highlights included two sold-out shows with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, opening in direct support for Red Hot Chili Peppers at Osheaga and for Neil Young at a Hyde Park in London. The band was also asked to create original music for “Demolition” by the film’s director, Jean-Marc Vallée and their music has been used in a number American network television programs including “Elementary” and “Blacklist”.

Isaac Symonds is now dedicated to a more eclectic creative path where his own musical projects will allow him to explore particular interests including classical guitar, arranging for string quartets and Ambient Music. His cites a an unusual combination of musical influences, from the vocals and arrangements of Brian Wilson and The Four Freshmen, to the unique approach to bass playing developed by Paul McCartney to the more obscure electronic productions of Thom Yorke.

Fusing a surprising blend of influences, Isaac forges music which has a distinctive character. His approach typically attempts to provoke an emotional response in the hope of releasing tension, grief, and pain, and arriving at a sense of resolve. When asked what he would like to accomplish through his music, his response was, “Peace; a cathartic journey for both myself and the listener”.