Biography

Travis Alford (b. 1983) is a composer, trumpeter, and improviser whose music has been heard across the United States and abroad. He has received recognition for his work by the League of Composers/ISCM, ASCAP, the American Composers Alliance, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Brandeis Office of the Arts. As a trumpeter, Travis has performed with the New England Philharmonic, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Equilibrium Concert Series, New Music Brandeis, the Park Street Brass, and the Northeast Italian Band. He can also be found blowing on the harmonica from time to time.

Travis currently teaches at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, NC, and has held previous positions at MIT, Brandeis University, and Gordon College. He holds degrees from Brandeis (PhD, Music Composition and Theory, '14), the New England Conservatory (MM '08), and East Carolina University (BM '05). He lives in Clayton, NC with his wife Lauren, son Owen, and their dog Toby.

Describe your music

Sharp Edges (solo clarinet) (2015)

O Fragile Human, Speak... (8 female voices and 3 trumpets) (2014)

Loose Strands (wind ensemble) (2013)

Emily's Window (song cycle for soprano, clarinet/b. cl., and piano) (2013)

Havoc! (10-piece rock ensemble) (2012)

Cycles (violin and cello) (2012)

I Felt a Funeral (mezzo-soprano and piano) (2012)

Froschteichmusik (percussion quartet) (2012)

Chapel Music (trumpet, viola, and piano) (2010-11)

[whitespace] (trombone, piano, and percussion) (2010-11)

Melange Mine Own [Whitman Fragments] (SSATBB) (2010)

Rest (SATB a cappella) (2010)

Self, Analyzed (flute, bass clar, perc, guitar, toy piano) (2010)

Breathing Room (flute, clar, perc, piano, vln, vla, vcl) (2009)