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alice humphries

Composer and Arranger


There are lots of exciting projects happening in 2014! In July I’ll be attending the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer’s School and premiering a new piece there. From Tasmania, I’m heading off to the SoundScape New Music Exchange in Italy for 2 weeks of composing, improvisation and workshops (and hopefully lots of great Italian food) with composers and performers from all over the world, and I’ll be presenting a new work there as well. This year I’m also writing a new piece for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

If you like, can hear some of my recent projects on my soundcloud!


APRA Art Music Awards

The World Rushes On from the Ecila album was recently nominated as a finalist for Jazz Work of the Year at the recent APRA Art Music Awards. We didn’t win, but it was a great honour to be nominated with Andrea Keller and Sandy Evans with the incredible Marc Hannaford taking home the award for his piece, Anda Two.

Album Launch Details announced!!! and Preview track from the album

My ensemble Ecila is launching our debut self-titled album! The album was recorded at Loop Studios in Perth and mastered in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurðsson. There are ten-tracks of my original compositions and arrangements featuring some really incredible musicians from Perth and Melbourne.

We’re launching at Loop Recording Studios (in the room where we recorded) playing selections from the album. Loop are planning to launch the room as an exclusive performance space in 2013 for bands of all genres to showcase their music. So come check it out! There will be some FREE delicious nibbles provided and VERY reasonably priced drinks available! I’d love to see you there!

Wednesday, 19th December
Loop Studios, 15 Golding Street, West Perth
Doors Open 7pm, music from 730pm
Entry is $15
Limited tickets available.
You can book tickets from http://alicehumphries.com.au/products-page Or you can buy them on the door!

As a sneaky preview, here’s a track from the forthcoming album. It is an arrangement of an old American folk song Bury Me Beneath The Willow, features Allira Wilson on vocals and Brett Thompson on guitar. If you like it…come to the launch and buy the album!

Bury Me Beneath The Willow

The album will be available from December 19th in digital download and hard copy CD from the store and alicehumphries.bandcamp.com

Album Launch and Pozible Campaign

So the debut Ecila album is nearly finished! The mastering is currently being done in Iceland (!), the artwork for the album design is being created and lastly the packaging will be done. You can support the project through pozible to help us get over the line by going to http://www.pozible.com/ecila or the album will available through bandcamp and this website in hardcopy and/or digital download in late December.

In other news the launch has been announced! We will be launching on Wednesday December 19th in the studio in which recorded, Loop Studios, which is set to become a really fantastic music venue in Perth. We will be the first to perform in it! There will be a bar, some food and some great music in an amazing sounding room! More details on how to get tickets coming soon…

Ecila records debut album!

So the gig at the Ellington went really well and we had a great audience out on a Tuesday night which was wonderful! The recording was a fantastic experience and we got through all the music in 2 days which was pretty amazing. Next is the editing and mixing process..fun fun!

We’re hoping to release the album before the end of the year so stay tuned!

Here are a few photos from the gig, more to be found in the new gallery!

Upcoming Gig and Recording!

So I’ve spent months writing the music, booking the studio and organising rehearsal dates. (This is a nightmare by the way… it’s really hard to get 10 very busy and amazing musicians in a room at the same time…!)

But it’s done! (well almost..)

It’s going to be an intensive 2 week project of rehearsal, a performance at the Ellington and then heading into the recording studio. Three wonderful musician friends are flying over for Melbourne to play the music as well the other wonderful Perth based people. I’ve included some vocal arrangements with different takes on some jazz standards as well as some old folk songs. I am really looking forward to hearing the amazing Allira Wilson sing them! The gig will also involve some music from trumpet and vibraphone duo Cal2. They’ll be playing some music that I’ve written for them as well as some Stockhausen pieces!

The gig is at 8pm, Tuesday July 3rd at The Ellington Jazz Club, 191-193 Beaufort Street Northbridge.  Would love to see you there!