My Iris

photo by Brian Homer

This intense and thrilling band represents the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, Clowes provides her bandmates Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums) with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes.

“A high intensity, mercurial workout provides further evidence that Clowes is an improviser to be reckoned with”
Downbeat

“brilliant”
Gilles Peterson

Abbott & Costello
performed by MY IRIS, directed by Rose Hendry

“a band’s band … high speed melodic chases, punchy avant garde jams, spacey organic textures and even Weather-Report-inspired rock fusion… and Clowes, singing on the beautifully meandering epic ‘Free to Fall’.”
New York State Music, on MY IRIS live 2019

The band have released two critically acclaimed albums in Clowes’ name for Basho Records and have toured worldwide, winning over fans and critics wherever they go. Past appearances include Rochester International Jazz Festival (US), Toronto Jazz Festival, the Barbican (EFG London Jazz Festival), the National Opera House (Wexford), Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Turner Sims, Women in (e)motion Festival and the Stadthaus Ulm. They have also recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen.

“covers vast emotional territory with verve and vim”
4* from Mojo Magazine for Ninety Degrees Gravity

“There is a balance between the players and a stylistic openness in the material, which shifts stealthily between a grounded, melodic accessability and airy abstraction.”
Kevin le Gendre, Jazzwise, 4* for Ninety Degrees Gravity

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“exhilarating and darkly funky”
4* from John Fordham, The Guardian

“The jazz of the future”
Michael Peter Bluhm, Augsburger Allgemeine

My Iris at The Barbican, November 2018 – photo by Louise McMonagle

“awesome foursome… impeccable”
4* from Dave Gelly, The Observer

“they threw themselves into the highly concentrated layered pieces, dropped into melancholy streams without a net”
Udo Eberl, Südwest Presse, MY IRIS live

“musical wizardry”
4.5* from Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz

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