Composer / Performer / Educator

"Mr. Alford uses [jazz] as a strand within a light-textured mixture of contemporary accents, and his work's spirit is in the graceful way jazz and a mild modernist thorniness move in and out of focus."

New York Times

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Travis has been awarded one of two 2019 Goddard Lieberson Fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Travis Alford (b. 1983) is a composer, trumpeter, improviser, educator, amateur woodworker, dog owner, husband, and father (not exactly in that order). He has worked with a number of ensembles and musicians, including the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Lorelei Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, Christopher Grymes (clarinetist), Sharon Harms (Soprano), and Benjamin Herrington (trombonist), on the creation and performance of his music, which has been described as "graceful" (NY Times), "truly sublime" (Boston Classical Review), and "overwhelming and other-worldly" (Boston Music Intelligencer). Recognition for his work includes the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2019), the American Prize in Music Composition (2015), the Sandra Shea Fisher Prize for Exceptional Achievement in the Creative Arts (2014), the League of Composers/ISCM Composers' Prize (2012), and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award (2010). 

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