Very happy to announce, with the support of Arts Council England, that MY IRIS will be hosting a workshop 6.30-7.15pm on May 1st at the Gateway, ahead of our performance at 7.45pm. Please see details below:
Tomorrow sees the premiere of my Sinfonietta Short ‘Hero’ for solo bass, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta to be performed by Enno Senft. I’m really looking forward to hearing Enno perform the piece (at the World Premiere Wednesdays series) – he’s such an outrageous bass player!
In other news, today marks the 1 month countdown to the release of the new MY IRIS album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’… we’ve already had some great feedback (“Stunning” – Jazzwise, “Listen, and then listen again” – Fiona Talkington, “one of the most outstanding UK jazz albums to be released this year” – Marlbank) and our music video by director Rose Hendry will be released very very soon… We’ve also just added the Rochester International Jazz Festival (USA) to our tour dates…
I recently had the fun task of reworking themes/ideas from loads of brilliant young minds for a commission from the London Sinfonietta’s ‘Sound Out’ project. The premiere is March 16th at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London at 4pm – written for youth orchestra & soloists. Loads of other fab new music in the programme too.
Check out the link below if you’re interested…
I am very happy to announce that the new MY IRIS album (out on Basho Records in the Spring) is called ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ and will be launched at the Pizza Express Dean Street on May 7th 2019… Tickets HERE
Can’t wait to share more info early next year….!
For those of you following the work of my charity Donate4Refugees, they have some excellent e-cards available for Christmas. I think this snowman is my favourite…
MY IRIS had a great time playing at the Barbican last month for the London Jazz Festival, supporting the Avishai Cohen Trio. Ian Mann, great supporter of jazz and related musics, wrote a fab review of our contribution to the night…
“Trish Clowes remains one of the most inquisitive musicians in British jazz… She and her band won many new fans tonight thanks to the quality of their brief performance and the release of her new album will be awaited with much interest.”
Read it HERE (scroll half way down)
More MY IRIS news to come very soon…
It was an epic weekend at Emulsion VII… here’s a fab write up from the ever supportive Ian Mann: http://www.thejazzmann.com/features/article/emulsion-festival-vii-day-one-hexagon-theatre-midlands-arts-centre-birmingh/
“Emulsion may have serious aims, but as this mass performance showed it can also be great fun, with all the spectators seeming to enjoy the sense of involvement… Clowes is a born creator and a willing risk taker”
BBC Music Magazine have featured the first movement from my BBC Radio 3 commission “The Fox, the Parakeet & the Chestnut” on this month’s Cover CD. So… if you’d like a recording of this unreleased piece of music, now’s your chance! The recording features myself on soprano/tenor saxes, Mike Walker on guitar, Gwilym Simcock on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and James Maddren on drums, with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell.
This Friday sees the release of a new album by Onyx Brass on NMC Recordings. It features the music of jazz musicians, including my piece ‘The Mighty Pencil’, commissioned by the group specially for this record. The piece is dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in 2015.
More info on the album can be found here, along with snippets of all the music (other composers include Kenny Wheeler, Jason Rebello, Gwilym Simcock & Liam Noble).
You all have your own personal reasons for backing the Emulsion commissions (both this edition, and those who supported Emulsion V), your support means everything to us, you have our deepest gratitude!
Believe it or not I don’t like organising a new music project/festival (even with the very excellent support of Tom Harrison in the last few years!!!). I do it because… I have to.
You spend a lot of time in your own head as a musician… it’s necessary (practice, writing etc), but if you’re not careful, the gremlins attack! Making music is a special communication, a language… and a language can’t exist in one individual, it exists between people. Making Emulsion happen is just an extension of what I do with my own band really… cultivating an interesting place to let music happen.
Tom and I put a lot of time into thinking about the personalities we bring to Emulsion and supporting the musicians we look up to ourselves is a big part of this, which is why we’re so thrilled we are now able to commission Nikki Iles and Robert Mitchell for Emulsion VI, two icons of creative music making – both highly artistic, dedicated and gracious in all that they do.
Emulsion V was a glorious, if intense day! So much wonderful energy came out of it… and I know Emulsion VI will be just as special… except spread across two days this time!
Once again, thank you all so much in helping us realise our vision for this edition of Emulsion.
Over and Out!