Trish Clowes 'My Iris'

Album Launch

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

'My Iris' is a new project from BASCA award winning composer and saxophonist Trish Clowes. Following collaborations with string quartets and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Clowes now shifts perspective to explore the possibilities of a small ensemble. My Iris features startling melodies, earthy grooves and gnarly lines, creating a sound world both intimate and thrilling. The group also investigate dynamics, textures, exciting interaction and sometimes fiery improvisation. My Iris represents a new chapter in Clowes' career.

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'Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented saxophonist'

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

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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)