About

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 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble and The Letter String Quartet. 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 has recently begun working in film and cross-disciplinary projects including collaborating with Johannes Luebbers to create the soundtrack for the feature documentary 'It's Not Just Me' about 4 F2M Transgender Men.

Alice also works extensively as an arranger and orchestrater. She has worked with artists including Eddie Perfect, Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Missy Higgins, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony, and creates string and brass arrangements for contemporary popular artists in both studio and live settings.

Listen on Soundcloud and bandcamp

The Letter String Quartet – Nautical Twilight

 

Alice Humphries – Composer

Steph O’Hara – Visuals

THE LETTER STRING QUARTET

Lizzy Welsh – Violin

Steph O’Hara – Violin

Biddy Connor – Viola

Zoë Barry – Cello

Sound Engineer: Jake Martin

Recorded: October 28th, 2017. Melbourne Recital Centre

Commissioned for Melbourne Recital Centre/University of Melbourne with the support of Majlis Pty Ltd.

ABC Classic FM New Waves podcast

Listen here to the ABC Classic FM New Waves podcast.

Features the wonderful Syzygy ensemble premiering Fata Morgana and some great pieces by Australian composers as part of the Macedon Music Glen Johnston Commissions Project, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syzygy Ensemble – Laila Engle (flutes), Jenny Khafagi (violin), Campbell Banks (cello), Robin Henry (clarinets), Leigh Harrold (piano).

2017 Performances

Video Sonic Quartet – The Letter String Quartet

Melbourne Recital Centre, Saturday 28 October 2017  6pm, The Salon.

Video Sonic Quartet is an audio-visual feast with The Letter String Quartet collaborating with video/visual artists Megan Evans, Anne WiIson and Sal Cooper. The Quartet performs live scores for and in these fascinating filmic works. This performance will use the Salon in innovative ways to create a spatialised experience in which the performers move around the space, sometimes playing from behind the audience and sometimes directly in front of the screen with huge images projected onto their white lab coats. The concert also features two world premiere performances by Alice Humphries and TLSQ’s Artistic Director Biddy Connor.

More information and tickets at here.

Macedon Music Glen Johnston Commissions Project

Sunday 15 October, 2017 at 02:30pm, Lowland Farm 70 Brougham Road, Mount Macedon

Syzygy Ensemble will be premiering four new works commissioned by Macedon Music. Music by Bragg, Bakrnchev, Martin and myself.

Michael Bakrnchev Fragments and Interludes

Alice Humphries Fata Morgana

Caerwen Martin Midnight Loon

Jacob Bragg New Work

More info and tickets at macedonmusic.com

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

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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!

News

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.