My Iris

photo by Chris Kelly

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes leads MY IRIS, an intense and thrilling quartet with Ross Stanley (piano / Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and Joel Barford (drums). Dedicated to exploration and adroit writing, Clowes provides her bandmates 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.

‘BROOK’ directed by will darkin

MY IRIS have 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 2024, MY IRIS played a short run of dates with Dave Douglas in the UK & Ireland. This quintet line-up, named EYES UP, presented new music by Douglas & Clowes, and made appearances at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Bray Jazz Festival.

EYES UP at Bray Festival 2024, photograph by John Cronin

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.

NEW EP ‘wild swimming’ out now on bandcamp

Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“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

“They road tested some of their new pieces exuberantly in a brisk set, that bristled with energy and invention…their artistic partnership seemed simply a logical extension of earlier work.”
Jon Turney for UK Jazz News, on EYES UP with Dave Douglas, live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2024

“Besides the individual virtuosity, what was most striking was the compositional range of the unflinchingly contemporary material. On one number, (song titles remained mostly under wraps) Ross, on organ, and Montague’s pedal dynamics created swirling psychedelic waves that Douglas and Clowes rode in thrilling overlapping lines… Eyes Up is far too potent a combo to be a one-off project”
Ian Patterson for All About Jazz, live review of EYES UP with Dave Douglas at Bray Jazz Festival 2024

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

“an incredible band”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“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

‘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

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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Trish Clowes is a Vandoren UK artist, using Vandoren reeds

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