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

Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music

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 improvisation and composition, 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, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes. The band has released two studio albums on Basho Records (‘My Iris’ and ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’), the latest of which has been described as a “high intensity, mercurial workout” by Giovanni Russonello for Downbeat Magazine, providing “further evidence that Clowes is an improviser to be reckoned with.” Clowes collaborated with film director Rose Hendry to create a music video for the album track ‘Abbott & Costello’ – inspired by characters in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’ – that has recently been 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 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Rochester International Jazz Festival (Made In The UK showcase), Toronto International Jazz Festival, and the Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, supporting Avishai Cohen. In April 2020, Clowes self-released an album of live recordings taken from performances for Moving On Music in Belfast and Galway Jazz Festival (available on Bandcamp), and on April 22nd 2022, Clowes will release a fourth album with the band, ‘A View with a Room’, on Dave Douglas’s label Greenleaf Music. My Iris is a band “going places” (Ian Patterson, All About Jazz).

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

“an incredible band”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

MY IRIS at Ronnie Scott’s

March 2021

Abbott & Costello

performed by MY IRIS, directed by Rose Hendry

MY IRIS recordings

A View with a Room is to be released on Greenleaf Music on April 22nd

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

“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

“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

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

“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

MY IRIS ft. Lauren Kinsella & Louise McMonagle

at Ronnie Scott’s, March 2021