Alice Humphries


Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Alice Humphries is a 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.” (

As well as composing for her ensemble Ecila, she writes for many different instrumentations and ensembles and her music has been performed across Australia and internationally. Alice’s 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 2012 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 is now living and working in Melbourne as a freelance composer and finishing her Master’s degree at the University of Melbourne.

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Come Out Closer, for Trumpet and Trombone.

“Come Out Closer for trumpet and trombone explores the concept of being close, yet far apart. Inspired in part by apartment block living, and hearing various snapshots of neighbour’s lives; snatches of conversation or laughter in the hallway, shouted arguments from 3 floors above, the baby screaming it’s head off in the apartment next door. We live within metres of people we barely know except for these small audible and sometimes, intimate fragments.” – Composer

Featured in Playlist 3: Boundary-Crossing Waves (31/03/2015)