Trish Clowes 'My Iris'

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Last Show: Tuesday 16 th January 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

'My Iris' is the latest ensemble project from saxophonist, BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Trish Clowes. Well known and acclaimed for her orchestral arrangements and incorporation of improvising string quartets, Clowes now explores smaller scale arrangements with equal confidence, her gifts for melody, form, improvisation and leadership coming further in to the foreground. Clowes’ intricate compositions juxtapose startling melodies and ethereal whispers with gnarly lines and earthy grooves. 

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'Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented saxophonist'

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Trish Clowes is a saxophonist and BASCA award-winning composer based in London. Her third album for Basho Records - ‘Pocket Compass’ - has been described as ‘some of the most absorbing music in the jazz-classical idiom released this year’ (Marlbank) and ‘a strong contender for album of the year’ (Jazz Views). It features her group Tangent with special guest Gwilym Simcock (piano), as well as Chris Montague (guitar), Calum Gourlay (bass) and James Maddren (drums). The album also features the BBC Concert Orchestra.


Clowes’ debut album ‘Tangent’ (Basho Records, 2010) received praise for its integrity, luminosity and ambition. Two tracks feature an orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley of The Heritage Orchestra.


Following the success of her debut album and 2010 tour, Trish was selected by Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011. The performance and a short interview with Trish were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Tangent were featured during the Proms Plus Late series at the Royal Albert Hall and supported Regina Carter at the London Jazz Festival 2011. In 2012 she appeared at the London Jazz Festival playing the music of Barbara Thompson and featured on BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3 at Ronnie Scott's and for Jazz Line Up at the Royal Festival Hall.

Band Lineup

Trish Clowes (saxophones)

Chris Montague (guitar) 

Ross Stanley (hammond organ/piano) 

James Maddren (drums)