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 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, Missy Higgins, the Tasmanian Symphony 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

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!