Here’s a little piece I’ve written about my commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra and being on the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Last week I was lucky enough to be able to workshop the first draft of my BBC commission for my band and the BBC Concert Orchestra… With conductor Clark Rundell guiding me through, giving me invaluable insights! Here are a few photos:
The piece is called ‘The Fox, The Parakeet & The Chestnut’ and is dedicated to the inhabitants of Blythe Hill Fields.
Bob Weir gave us a great mention in his review of Brecon Jazz Festival 2014 in the Jazz Journal…
“The quintet of the young Trish Clowes with Gwilym Simcock featured on piano impressed equally for the leader’s adventurous originals and her fluent free-improv soloing.”
Dannie Price took some awesome photos for us at Emulsion III. See all of them here
… and here are a few of my favourites
Thanks to Matthew Wright for giving our festival such a fantastic review… You will be able to hear highlights on BBC Radio 3 very sooooonnnn….
28th May, 7.30pm…
… what might you discover as you enter the Village Underground and join the Emulsion party?
8pm – a surprise start to the evening!
…then some music by Ana Sokolovic performed by Louise McMonagle
then Tom joins Louise to play a duo by Kaija Saariaho
… Tangent will be performing as quartet: Trish Clowes/Chris Montague/Calum Gourlay/James Maddren
And onwards to the band Strobes (Dan Nicholls/Chris Sharkey/Dave Smith)…
GET SOME SLEEP!! THEN TIME FOR MORE…
on the 29th… once again get yourselves down to the Village Underground for 7.30pm
…then the fantastic girls of Juice vocal ensemble open up the evening…
…singing music written by themselves and wonderful people like Anna Meredith
and Luke Styles… who has written ‘The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars’ for Juice and Tangent
Read about Luke’s thoughts on curating Emulsion III here
And so to FFFFFOOOOOODDDDD!!!! It is such a privilege to have Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen play at our festival – YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT!!!
The Emulsion Sinfonietta come together to perform works by Iain Ballamy, Thomas Strønen, Chris Montague, Luke Styles, Calum Gourlay and Trish Clowes. OUR LINE UP:
Iain Ballamy, Trish Clowes – saxophones
Chris Montague – guitar
Lauren Weavers – oboe
Freddie Gavita – trumpet
Tom Lessels – clarinets
Donald Grant – violin
Louise McMonagle – cello
Calum Gourlay – bass
James Maddren, Thomas Strønen – drums
or either link for combined tickets!!
SEE YOU THERE
PS – some details left out so you can still enjoy the element of surprise…
It has been a thrill and a challenge programming for Emulsion III, finding contemporary music which sits perfectly with contemporary jazz and draws audiences into listening to contemporary music and jazz in a fresh way. At the heart of the Ensemble Amorpha set and pop-ups are energetic and colourful pieces by established figures of the contemporary music scene, these include works by; Saariaho, Berio, Sokolovic, Holliger, Lucier and Britten. Alongside these core works are new commissions from Emulsion I and II by Trish Clowes and Chris Mayo. As an extra oddity I have programmed my own piece Light Blinks with Torches, which is an intimate musical/visual work involving clarinet, sax and a bucket of torches.
Ivan Hewett interviewed me recently and gave Emulsion III a great plug too…
“Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist who has also founded her own music festival”
Have a read!
On February 28th we enjoyed our final Emulsion development day at The Premises Studios with Tangent, Ensemble Amorpha and Food (Iain Ballamy & Thomas Strønen). We spent the day exchanging ideas and trying out new music for the Emulsion III festival in May, in particular a new piece by Calum Gourlay, some ideas I’m preparing for my piece for the Emulsion Sinfonietta and a piece by Iain Ballamy.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation have very generously supported us over the last year or so, and will continue to do so in the lead up to and throughout our 2 night festival.
Dannie Price took some photos to capture the day… You can see all of them here: http://emulsionfestival.tumblr.com/
TICKETS AND MORE EMULSION III INFO ON THE VILLAGE UNDERGROUND WEBSITE