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Label Basho Records
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Title "My Iris” Trish Clowes
Catalogue Number SRCD 53-2



Personnel: Trish Clowes – saxes, Chris Montague – guitar, Ross Stanley – piano/Hammond organ, James Maddren – drums

All music written by Trish Clowes except ‘Muted Lines’ written by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian





  1. One Hour  7:20
  2. Blue Calm 6.28
  3. I Can't Find My Other Brush 7.00
  4. A Cat Called Behemoth 7:30
  5. Muted Lines 6:28
  6. Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) 5:41
  7. In Between The Moss And Ivy 6:26
  8. Be A Glow Worm 4:21
  9. TOTAL TIME 51.35

‘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, My Iris shifts Clowes’ perspective to the possibilities of a small ensemble. With Chris Montague on guitar, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond organ and James Maddren on drums, My Iris explores startling melodies, earthy grooves and gnarly lines, creating a sound world that is both intimate and thrilling. The ensemble has honed these musical concepts in major performances including the Women in (e)Motion Festival for Radio Bremen, the Deal Festival and at the Southbank Centre. The group’s first recording, Clowes’ fourth album for Basho Records, will be released on 13th January 2017 with accompanying tour dates across the country.

The album includes Muted Lines by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian - commissioned by Clowes with support from the PRS for Music Foundation - and Clowes’ sister piece Tap Dance (For Baby Dodds). The works share a theme of migration, in particular forced migration; Muted Lines addresses loss and silence from the perspective of Cevanne’s Armenian heritage and features a 16th Century poem by Nahapet Kuchak. Tap Dance is built upon fragments of a Baby Dodds drum solo, celebrating the birth of the drum set and its central role in the music of the African diaspora. Blue Calm evokes the multifaceted Iris, messenger to the Greek and Roman gods, and One Hour imagines the additional hour of dreaming and brain repair afforded when the clocks go back. In Between The Moss and Ivy is Clowes’ ballad of an English garden, Be A Glow Worm responds to some gnomic advice from a wise musician and A Cat Called Behemoth acts as a sequel to Clowes’ earlier Mikhail Bulgakov-inspired piece ‘The Master and Margarita’. In addition to Clowes’ thoughtful writing, the group also explore dynamics, textures, exciting interaction and fiery improvisation. ‘My Iris’ represents a new chapter in Clowes’ career and is her most assured album to date.


17th January 2017: ALBUM LAUNCH – Pizza Express Jazz Club, London 18th January 2017: Shrewsbury, The Gateway Education & Arts Centre 19th January 2017: Leicester, The Gallery, De Montfort University 20th January 2017: Wakefield Jazz, Wakefield Rugby Club 26th January 2017: Cambridge Modern Jazz Club 27th January 2017: Birmingham, mac birmingham – part of Emulsion V

Album distributed in the UK by Proper Music Distribution, The New Powerhouse, Gateway Business Centre, Kangley Bridge Road, London, SE26 5AN Tel: +44 (0)870 444 0799 Email: | |


04/03/2017 Raul da Gama. JazzdaGama

My Iris is a tour de force for Trish Clowes whose music is subtly modulated as she spins wonderfully fluid, mellifluous textures, tenderly drawing from her reeds a gem-like brightness reminiscent of burnished gold.

23/02/2017 Chris Baber, Jazz Views

'The whole set is hugely accomplished, highly enjoyable and a major contribution to the contemporary UK jazz scene. It shows how imaginative composition and mixing of sounds from a tightly knit group of superb musicians can find new forms of expression. I can imagine each track on this set becoming a Standard for other groups in years to come. This is certainly going to feature of critics choices of album of the year.'

18/02/2017 Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz 4 and a half stars

'My Iris is...masterful musical wizardry and it sounds fascinating.'

06/02/2017 Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews

'Immerse yourself in this captivating, wholly accessible, original music. The deeper you travel, the wider your ears (and irises) will be opened.'

27/01/2017 Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz

'What's going on in this band equates to some kind of magic.'

16/01/2017 Jazzwise

'a poise and depth that is rewarding'

12/01/2017 Irish Times 4 stars ****

the front rank of the new generation of UK jazz

12/01/2017 John Fordham, The Guardian 4 stars****

'Clowes’s emphasis on composition, and the reserved evenness of her delivery often get her a “chamber-jazz” label, but the Englishwoman’s quirky songwriter’s ear, subtly sleepy tenor sax sound and bright intensity on soprano are anything but cerebral'.

11/01/2017 Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk

'To achieve that range of sounds with a jazz quartet requires rare skill. How much other contemporary music has such adventurous or eclectic intellectual horizons?'

04/01/2017 Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

'A stunning new album which proves firmly thatTrish Clowes is one of the core artists on the British jazz and contemporary scene'

19/12/2016 Stephen Graham, Marlbank

' may well be drawn back to the well more and more for refills after further listens as this Iris’ great tasting quality further reveals itself.'



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