Author: trishclowes


I just thought I’d share some things that my ears have been loving recently…

First up is a new album from bassist-composer-producer Michael Olatuja called ‘Lagos Pepper Soup’, available here:

An incredible vision for an album, and soooo much joy. Here’s a video of one of the tracks called ‘Soki’ which features legends Dianne Reeves and Lionel Loueke

Next up is a piece called “i only bite because you make me” by Yshani Perinpanayagam, for piano synchronised to a perfect game of snake. It was written for “The Pixel Players” hosted by Royal Concert Hall Nottingham and the National Videogames Arcade, March 2019. I think this is just a brilliant, inventive piece of writing.

Next one… admittedly I’m a bit biased, this is a video of my good friend Louise McMonagle performing Heinz Holliger’s ‘Chaconne’ for solo cello. I’m writing Louise my own solo piece at the moment, so I’ve been checking out the details of this incredible composition, and Louise’s brilliant performance of it!

Finally, I’ve discovered these amazing string quartets by Eleanor Alberga… These are just EVERYTHING I want to hear in string quartet writing… Happy listening everyone!

Architecture of Autonomy

Yesterday, a wonderful film I wrote music for went live…!

Architecture of Autonomy was designed and produced by Kristina Walsh, and it includes many, many wonderful artists, practitioners and craftspeople… (full credits below)

The music is called ‘Alison’, for my mum, and it’s performed by yours truly and Ross Stanley (piano and organ).

Film credits:

Creative Director, Designer, Producer – Kristina Walsh
Film Director, D.O.P, Editor – Mae Sass
Choreographer, Movement Director – Cathy Waller
Rehearsal Director – Julie Ann Minaai
Music β€˜Alison’ by Saxophonist + Composer – Trish Clowes
with Pianist + Organist – Ross Stanley
Hair + Make Up – Ellie Morris
Film Assistant – Cengi Sen
Production Assistant – Baani Singh

Performers (in order of appearance):
Yukiko Masui, Erin Ball, Sade Alleyne, Vanessa Guevara, Leanne Thompson

Supported by Arts Council England and Sarabande Foundation

Kristina – Instagram: Website:

BBC Postcard ‘Earworm’ for solo violin

Recently I was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write a ‘postcard’, a miniature piece for a solo instrument. I chose violin, and yesterday ‘Earworm’ was premiered on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast programme by the brilliant Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. The piece was then broadcast again during R3’s afternoon and evening concerts. Here is a link to the afternoon concert, which includes a short intro from me (it’s from about 1hr10mins in):

Nathaniel and I also put together a video as we live pretty close (a field recording I suppose… socially distanced!), which has been shared on Twitter and Facebook. Here’s the facebook link:

I hope you enjoy! Although completely forced on me by the pandemic, I’ve been loving exploring the solo concept, both in my writing and my playing. I’m currently working on a solo piece for cellist Louise McMonagle… so watch this space! And I have a solo saxophone track up on bandcamp now too:


My wonderful band were supposed to tour this month and of course, we won’t be doing that again for a while… Instead I have released a live album on Bandcamp – it’s download only, and the money comes direct to us. The recordings are from the gigs we had in Belfast and at Galway Jazz Festival in October last year. It was such a fab weekend away and it’s really cheered me up to listen back and choose highlights for this emergency album release!


Album liner notes below… There are two new tracks – Amber and Shirley – and the others are from our releases on Basho Records…

PUNKT festival is postponed!

Dear Friends,

an announcement from Punkt Birmingham HQ…

The festival will be re-scheduled and Louise and I are thinking about doing some recording in the meantime…

Big thanks to Chris Mapp and co for handling such a tricky situation so beautifully…

Over and Out!


Rose Hendry (director of ‘Abbott & Costello’) shortlisted for THE VOICE OF A WOMAN AWARDS 2019

‘Abbott & Costello’, my music video directed by Rose Hendry, was screened at Cannes Lions (the advertising wing of Cannes Film Festival) earlier this year as part of the VOW (The Voice of A Woman) Made By Her Showcase, and with this film Rose has been shortlisted for the VOW Awards 2019. Huge congratulations to Rose on this amazing achievement. If you haven’t seen our music video yet, take a look/listen! The music also features the talents of my band MY IRIS (with Chris Montague, Ross Stanley and James Maddren).

EMULSION VIII is tomorrow night!

Tomorrow, Emulsion goes back to the Vortex Jazz Club where it all started in 2012… with a stellar line up (see below) … we’ll playing some new music I’ve written specially for the occasion, and a version of ‘I.F.’ from my latest album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’… Here we are playing it in Ireland last weekend:

I.F. played by MY IRIS at Galway Jazz Festival 2019

I’ll also be playing an arrangement of a Marcel Dupre prelude with Ross Stanley – something we’ve been working on a little while…

The band are also playing some brilliant pieces by Nikki Iles, Hans Koller and Robert Mitchell…

The full line-up and programme is below… Hope to see you there!!! Tix here

Yours truly – saxophones, Louise McMonagle – cello, Lauren Weavers – oboe/cor anglais, Thea Spiers – violin, Nick Smart – trumpet, Max Welford – clarinets, Tim Giles – drums, Ross Stanley – piano/Hammond organ, Chris Montague – guitar, Catriona McDermid- bassoon, Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass
& special guest appearance from Nikki Iles – piano & accordion

Programme includes:

Awakening β€“ Nikki Iles
Full line up

Happy Mountain β€“ Hans Koller
Full line up

Elegy (for the Unknown Leader) β€“ Robert Mitchell
bass, bassoon, cello, saxophone, violin, piano, oboe, drums

Free improvisations

Elastic Band β€“ Trish Clowes
Full line up

Anamnesis β€“ Josephine Stephenson
solo cello

Prelude III β€“ Marcel Dupre, adapted by Ross Stanley/Trish Clowes
saxophone & piano

Book of the Underworld β€“ Leo Geyer
solo bassoon

Sing Me Softly of the Blues β€“ Carla Bley
Full line up