Through her operas, electronic, instrumental and vocal music, Alice Shields explores socio-political events and women’s history by creating stories rich with the language, music and theater of different cultures and different times.
Her orchestral opera Criseyde (2010), a feminist tale, was performed by the New York City Opera (VOX Festival, 2008) and called "intense, richly scored" by the New York Times. The Mud Oratorio (2003), a theater piece for dance premiered by Frostburg State University and called "mind-boggling art" by the Associated Press, was performed at the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival in June, 2016.
Shields' pieces for trombone with fixed audio media include Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie (2004) and The River of Memory (2008), both commissioned by trombonist Monique Buzzarté. These works have been performed by Ms. Buzzarté at venues including Symphony Space in NYC and Hallwalls in Buffalo.
Current projects include the premiere of the electronic White Heron Dance based on Japanese folk ritual, by the Association for the Promotion of New Music in NYC on April 17th, 2017 (National Opera Center, Manhattan), and features the Japanese dancer Mayo Miwa. In June, 2017 the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival will premiere the electronic Mourning Song — which is based on mourning songs from around the world; 2017 will also see the premiere of a new chamber piece for the Eurasia Consort for voice, harp and theorbo, created for harpist Tomoko Sugawara.
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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.