My Iris

photo by Chris Kelly

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 Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and Joel Barford (drums) 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.

NEW EP ‘wild swimming’ out now on bandcamp
NEW MUSIC VIDEO ‘BROOK’ directed by will darkin

In November 2023, Clowes released an EP with MY IRIS, ‘Wild Swimming’, featuring four tracks, accompanied by new music videos directed by Will Darkin. Previous MY IRIS recordings include ‘A View with a Room’, on US trumpeter Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music (2022), and two releases for UK label Basho records, ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ (2019) and ‘My Iris’ (2017). ‘Abbott & Costello’, a track from ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’, was inspired by characters in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’, and was turned into a music video by film maker Rose Hendry. ‘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 (where Clowes is an Associate Artist), Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Rochester International Jazz Festival (Made In The UK showcase), Toronto International Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival, and the Barbican (London Jazz Festival). In May 2023, MY IRIS were joined by Dave Douglas for a special gig at the 606 Club in London, playing a mixture of Douglas and Clowes’s compositions. This quintet line-up will be performing a series of dates in May 2024, with more new music planned by Douglas and Clowes.

“a rich mix of cinematic landscape evocation, funky guitar grooves, dreamy reveries spun off minimalist patterns and fluently uncliched improv”
Album of the Month & 4 STARS for ‘A View with a Room’ from John Fordham, The Guardian

“brilliant”
Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“A high intensity, mercurial workout”
Downbeat Magazine on ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’

Dave Douglas with MY IRIS in May 2023

“A View with a Room confirms Clowes as one of the most interesting voices on the effervescent British scene”
All About Jazz Italia

“a beguilingly inventive mix of shadow and luminosity… lyrical warmth tempered by certain shady spookiness”
4 STARS for ‘A View with a Room’ from Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

“an incredible band”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

‘Truth Teller’ directed by will darkin

“A triumph for Clowes and for My Iris”
Live review of MY IRIS at Wigmore Hall, from Andy Robson, Jazzwise

“dizzying heights of lyricism and emotional expression… The level of musicianship and shared intent, leads to a telepathic like interplay within the quartet… Trish Clowes has thus delivered an exceptional album”
Gareth Allen on ‘A View with a Room’, At The Barrier

“The jazz of the future… The time in the townhouse flies by, so moved one is listening to this quartet”
Augsburger Allgemeine, MY IRIS live in Germany

“a band’s band … high speed melodic chases, punchy avant garde jams, spacey organic textures and even Weather-Report-inspired rock fusion”
New York State Music

Abbott & Costello

performed by MY IRIS, directed by Rose Hendry

MY IRIS recordings

‘A View with a Room’ makes several ‘albums of the year 2022’ lists, including…

Jazzwise (UK) – no. 9 in ‘The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2022’

The Nation (US) – mentioned in ‘The Best Albums of 2022’ in the ‘also worth listening to’ section

ABC Jazz (Australia) – listed in ‘Top 2022 Feature Albums’

Wild Swimming is available on Bandcamp only (digital download)

A View with a Room is out now on Greenleaf Music

MY IRIS Live! is available on Bandcamp (digital download only) – all proceeds go direct to the band

Ninety Degrees Gravity and My Iris are released on Basho Records

image by Will Darkin

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