Alex Hamburger- flutist, vocalist, composer
Raised in the vibrant music scene of the DC area, flutist, vocalist and composer Alex Hamburger was immersed in the world of art from her earliest years. Growing up as the daughter of accomplished artists—a drummer and a dancer—Alex's passion for music ignited at a young age. After exploring other musical landscapes and studying at prestigious institutions in New York and Switzerland, Alex has returned to DC with a renewed sense of purpose and a desire to make a resounding impact.
Her debut album “And She Spoke” (released in November 2021) brings together a collection of music inspired by the diverse and ever changing concept of the female voice, featuring original compositions heavily inspired by poetry written through the female voice and personalized arrangements of female-written compositions. Featuring world renown bassist Doug Weiss along with producer/pianist José Luiz Martins and drummer Chase Elodia, “And She Spoke” is “An album whose spontaneity and subtle sophistication reveal new treasures with each listening” (Patrick Dallongeville, Paris- Move). The album's CD release tour, spanning six cities across the United States, was made possible by the Jazz Road touring grant, a national initiative of South Arts funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Alex's highly anticipated sophomore album, "What If?," is slated for release on June 29th, 2023 on Unit Records. Through its exploration of perception, transition, and the boundaries of human experience in today's society, this album seamlessly weaves together nine original compositions, fusing electric and acoustic sounds to create a truly immersive narrative. Alex's quintet, comprising José Luiz Martins, Tyrone Allen II, Chase Elodia, and Patrick Graney, play integral roles in bringing this music to life. The recording of this album was made possible through the support of Chamber Music America's 2021 Performance Plus Grant, where Alex's band had the opportunity to work on the music with renowned artist Ingrid Jensen and through the support from the Pathways to Jazz Grant, a donor-advised fund of the Boulder County Arts Alliance.
In 2019, Alex resided in Basel, Switzerland after being selected to join the esteemed Focusyear band at JazzCampus. Immersed in an environment alongside esteemed masters such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Seamus Blake, Billy Childs, Dave Liebman and more, Alex had the privilege of studying and performing for a year with the prestigious international ensemble. The band also recorded and released an album of original music titled "Open Paths" and embarked on a successful tour throughout Europe. Prior to her ventures in Europe, she received her bachelor’s in Jazz Performance at SUNY Purchase in New York as a James Moody Scholar as well as the recipient of the President's Award for the Conservatory of Music.
Alex's journeys abroad have ignited the flame for her to continue captivating audiences worldwide with her internationally acclaimed performances. In January 2022, her quartet embarked on a South American tour, captivating audiences at the esteemed Jazz a la Calle Festival in Mercedes, Uruguay, and at Jazz B in São Paulo, Brazil. Looking ahead, in the fall of 2023, Alex is set to return to Europe for an exciting tour and residency with her duo alongside José Luiz Martins, as well as a series of album release shows with her full band.
While making waves abroad, Alex also remains deeply connected to the DC music community, a place she holds dear. A member of the 2022 Strathmore Artist in Residence class and a 2022 Wammie awards nominee, she continues to contribute to and thrive within her hometown's musical landscape.
In addition to her remarkable musical achievements, Alex is deeply dedicated to utilizing her talent as a force for positive change in the global fight for social justice. In spring 2023, she co-organized the groundbreaking My Body, My Festival: A Fundraiser for DC Abortion Fund in collaboration with Amy Bormet from the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. The sold out event proved to be a tremendous success, raising over $5,000 for the DC Abortion Fund and was covered by the Washington City Paper. Furthermore, Alex actively contributes to the music community in the DC area by working at Paul Carr's Jazz Academy of Washington where she teaches the next generations of musicians and assists in the production of the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival.
With a steadfast belief in the transformative power of music, Alex strives to use her art as a means for making a meaningful impact in the community both on stage and off. Alex's artistic endeavors reflect her unwavering commitment to her craft and her desire to create music that resonates with audiences worldwide.