Alice Humphries is an Australian based composer and arranger working across the jazz and contemporary classical worlds.  Her music has been described as “bursting with life and fun, as well as great great beauty” and “deeply thought provoking…offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.” She is interested in how natural phenomena can be explored through music.

Alice's music has been performed across Australia and internationally by artists including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The West Australian Clarinet Quartet and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Her music has been recorded and broadcast for ABC classic fm and she released a debut album with Ecila in late 2012 to critical acclaim. In 2013, Alice was a finalist in the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards for Jazz Work of the Year for her piece The World Rushes On from the Ecila recording. She was a finalist in the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards and the National Big Band Composition Competition and in 2010, was the Composer-in-Residence for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO).

Alice also works extensively in composing and arranging in jazz, contemporary popular music, music theatre, choral and educational music. As an arranger Alice has worked with artists including Eddie Perfect, Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony and produces string and brass arrangements for pop and rock artists in both studio and live settings.

Listen on Soundcloud and bandcamp

Grainger Museum Composer in Residence

The Grainger Museum has begun a program to connect with, and support, post-graduate music composition at the University of Melbourne. From May the Museum is excited to welcome PhD student Alice Humphries as our new ‘Composer in Residence. Alice will have access to the seminar room and piano to study and compose, and will potentially engage with the Museum in her practice through composition or performance related to both the physical Museum spaces and the exhibitions.  With the doors of the seminar room open to the Museum as she works, Alice will be able to share her music and ideas with Museum visitors as they pass through.


More information about the Grainger Museum here.

Upcoming Concert



After a busy few months of mostly arranging work, finishing a masters degree, and neglecting to update this website, it has been great to get back on the composing wagon for this fantastic upcoming concert. The amazing Sam Wolf has organised a concert to commemorate International Women’s Day which features new works by Lisa Cheney, Samantha Wolf, May Lyon, Jessica Wells and myself.

The concert is happening 730pm on the 7th March in Melba Hall at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Entry is by donation, and all proceeds go to Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.


Hope to see you there!


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.

Ecila album now available!

We had a great time launching the album! It is now availble in digital download or hardcopy CD from HERE

Here is photo from the gig if you couldn’t be there!

Album Launch this Wednesday

The Ecila Album Launch is happening this Wednesday. There will be delicious food provided and very reasonably priced drinks available. You can listen to some preview tracks from the album on soundcloud or bandcamp

Tickets from the store or on the door

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