“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
Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“A high intensity, mercurial workout”
Downbeat Magazine on ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’
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 James Maddren (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.
Clowes released ‘A View with a Room’ in April 2022, her fourth album with My Iris, out on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music. The band toured the UK extensively in April and May 2022, with an album launch at Wigmore Hall in London, where Clowes is currently an Associate Artist. Both the recording and live performances have received wide critical acclaim. The new album features ‘The Ness’, a track inspired by footage captured along a Scottish coastline by filmmaker Rose Hendry. Clowes first worked with Hendry in 2019 when she created a music video for ‘Abbott & Costello’, a track from an earlier album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ (Basho Records, 2019), inspired by characters in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’. ‘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, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Rochester International Jazz Festival (Made In The UK showcase), Toronto International Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival, and the Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, supporting Avishai Cohen.
“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
“a mysterious yet utterly gratifying exercise in collective harmonic interplay, post-bop lyricism, and modal inquiry balanced by elegant, exploratory, and intimate improvisation”
4 STARS for ‘A View with a Room’ from Thom Jurek, AllMusic
“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
MY IRIS at Ronnie Scott’s
Abbott & Costello
performed by MY IRIS, directed by Rose Hendry
MY IRIS recordings
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