My Iris is an intense and thrilling band that represents the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Lauded for her imaginative approach to improv and adroit writing, saxophonist Trish Clowes provides her bandmates with a unique platform for individual expression and group interplay, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes.
Clowes released ‘A View with Room’ in April 2022, her fourth album with My Iris, out on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music. The band toured the UK extensively in April and May 2022 to launch this latest album, and both the recording and live performances have received wide critical acclaim. The new album features ‘The Ness’, a track inspired by footage captured along a Scottish coastline by filmmaker Rose Hendry. Clowes first worked with Hendry in 2019, when she created a music video for ‘Abbott & Costello’, a track from an earlier album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ (Basho Records, 2019), inspired by characters in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’. ‘Abbott & Costello’ went on to be screened at the Cannes Lions Festival and shortlisted for The Voice Of A Woman Awards 2019.
My Iris has toured internationally and made broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen. Notable recent performances include Wigmore Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Rochester International Jazz Festival (Made In The UK showcase), Toronto International Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival, and the Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, supporting Avishai Cohen.
‘a rich mix of cinematic landscape evocation, funky guitar grooves, dreamy reveries spun off minimalist patterns and fluently uncliched improv’
“an incredible band”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“a beguilingly inventive mix of shadow and luminosity”
Line Up: Trish Clowes - sax, Lauren Kinsella - voice, Louise McMonagle - cello, Ross Stanley - piano, Chris Montague – guitar & Joel Barford - drums