Biography

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes is a BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. She has been described as “an improviser to be reckoned with” (Downbeat Magazine) and “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” (John Fordham, the Guardian). All five of her releases for Basho Records have received critical acclaim, the last two featuring her band MY IRIS – with Chris Montague (guitar), Ross Stanley (piano and Hammond organ) and James Maddren (drums) – who have toured worldwide and been hailed as “the jazz of the future” (Augsburger Allgemeine).

Clowes works in a variety of settings, most recently premiering a saxophone concerto by Joe Cutler with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Her performances (either with her band or as a soloist) include the Barbican, Toronto Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Celtic Connections (with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), Women in (e)motion Festival (Germany), National Opera House (Ireland), and making broadcasts for BBC 2 Proms Extra, BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen. Recent commissions include writing for the London Sinfonietta (a Sinfonietta Short for solo bass, and Sound Out schools project), BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC Radio 3) and Onyx Brass.

Alongside her work as a performer and composer Clowes has been curating her own new music project Emulsion since 2012, through which she has commissioned seventeen new works. She is also passionate about her roles as professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and ambassador for the charity Donate4Refugees.

“brilliant”
Gilles Peterson

“increasingly formidable”
BBC Music Magazine

“Everything Clowes does has an invigorating purposefulness”
Ivan Hewett, the Telegraph

“uncommon genius”
JazzdaGama

[above photo by Rose Hendry]

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