Alice Shields is noted for the power of her writing for live and electronically transformed voices and the moving quality of her writing for instruments. One of the pioneers of electronic music, she creates operas, vocal and chamber music and music for dance and video. Her work is influenced by Western and non-Western forms of classical music and theater, including Bharata Natyam dance-drama and Japanese Noh Theater.
Current performances include the world premiere of Larynx (2018) for piccolo, piano and three percussionists by Iktus Percussion on May 11, 2018 at Areté Gallery, Brooklyn, which will be recorded in January, 2019; two electronic scenes from the opera Mass for the Dead performed by the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival on July 20 2018, and the world premiere of her opera Zhaojun - The Woman Who Saved the World (2018) on November 20, 2018 in concert at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch College by the Association for the Promotion of New Music.
- solo instrument(s) +audio or video playback
- instrumental quartet
- solo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments
- voice(s)+ 1 inst or tape playback non-keyboard
- duo inst or voices
- solo instrumental (non-keyboard)
- choral a cappella
- percussion featured
- choral accompanied
- instrumental quintet
- solo audio or video fixed media
- solo or ensemble + video or image projection
- solo voice(s)+large ensemble or orchestra
- wind ensemble