Alice JonesBrooklyn, NY
Raised in Austin, TX, flutist Alice Jones is known for giving performances that are “lively” (New York Times), “superb” (Carole Farley, soprano), and “delicate and passionate with beautiful articulation and dynamics” (Eleanor Cory, composer). An avid symphonic, chamber, theater, and contemporary musician, with performances ranging from the Brandenburg Concerti to New York City’s Look and Listen Festival, Alice was praised by Mario Davidovsky as “the flute player who could really play.” She has been a featured soloist and chamber musician at the Composers Now Festival at Symphony Space in New York City (2010 and 2011), the Yale-China Music Exchange in China (2007 and 2008), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (2010), and Chamber Music Campania in Italy (2013-2016).
Alice is committed to premiering new chamber music repertoire and is a founding member of several chamber music ensembles, including the flute and soprano duo conText (with Mary Hubbell), Ensemble 365, and the woodwind quintet Fiati Five. Alice is also a member of the New York-based collective The Curiosity Cabinet, whose interdisciplinary performances feature not only new music and staples of the 20th century, but also film, puppeteers, dance, narration, and acting. Recent commissions and premieres have included works by Gregory Brown, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Whitney George, Ryan Howard, Carrie Magin, Eric Nathan, and Inés Thiebaut, and she has premiered several works by members of the Long Island Composers Alliance with percussionist Cesare Papetti and pianist Derin Öge.
Among her accolades include winning the baroque concerto competition at SUNY Purchase and being named an invited participant in the 2012 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Alice also received the Brookshire award for musicological research and writing at SUNY Purchase, the 2013 Associated Music Teachers League Award for instruction at CUNY Queens (2013), a five-year Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center (2009-13), and the Graduate Research Award from the National Flute Association (2016).
Alice graduated from Yale University (BA), SUNY Purchase (MM, AD) and the CUNY Graduate Center (DMA). She maintains a private studio in New York and has served on the music faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. She is currently a grant writer at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUNY Queensborough Community College and SUNY Purchase College.
Ines Thiebaut – cuncta fluunt
Ines Thiebaut wrote this piece for Mary Hubbell and me in 2013. The text is from Ovid’s Metamorphosis and uses the idea of constant change as the sound aesthetic. The flute part begins on alto flute and changes to C flute halfway through.
Shirish Korde – Anusvara (for amplified bass and alto flutes with tanpura drone)
“Anusvara” means “after sound” in Sanskrit and alludes to Yogic traditions of meditation (the “omm” sound). Shirish Korde calls the piece a “sonic meditation” that is influenced by the concepts of sounds found in several of the Upanishads, ancient Vedic texts that include concepts central to the development of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. This work is an alap (the opening section of a raga in which the notes of the rāg unfold slowly in unmetered improvisatory passages).