Meet The Artist: Alice Humphries

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Alice Humphries is an incredibly versatile composer, arranging work across the jazz and contemporary classical worlds. Her world premiere “Patience” will be performed at Kontiki Racket Festival this month.

She has worked with some incredible artists in her time composing. Think Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Missy Higgins and she has also composed for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony.

About Patience

Her new piece, Patience, reflect different levels of thinking about the word patience.

“I just had a baby when I started writing this piece. It was a word I was thinking about a lot of the time,” Alice explains.

Her new work is written for the double bell trumpet and will be performed by renowned Melbourne based trumpeter Callum G’ Froerer.

Callum G’Froer on the double-bell trumpet.

The pair have known each other since they were 15 where they would play jazz gigs together. And so, the writing process for Alice was ‘special’ as she had the luxury of composing with someone she knew so well. 

“It’s been a very collaborative writing process because we have a very strong musical relationship. We hung out – I got my head around the double bell trumpet, and I built up a tool-box of the sorts of sounds it could make.”

When quizzed on what her new composition will sound like, Alice had the following to say:

“With a broad concept – we wanted to write something with some strong trumpet lines. Callum is an incredibly musical lyrical player and something that gives the opportunity to play that koind of thing.”

She adds:

“I hope it creates own little sound world and explores all the nooks and crannies of that sound world as well as highlighting some really strong lyrical moments. I’ve tried to explore the textural possibilities of a double-bell trumpet.”

There’s only one way to find out what it will sound like – come along to Kontiki Racket this June!

Buy tickets to Kontiki Racket

Keen to hear Alice’s work? Purchase a ticket to our amazing Kontiki Racket Festival taking place on Fri 21 – Sat 22 June. You can find out more information about Alice on her website.