Backstage at Toronto Jazz Festival 2019

“brilliant”
Gilles Peterson

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 now recorded two albums for 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, Galway Jazz Festival and the Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, supporting Avishai Cohen. My Iris is a band “going places” (Ian Patterson, All About Jazz).

Abbott & Costello

performed by MY IRIS, directed by Rose Hendry

MY IRIS livestream at Boileroom

January 2021

MY IRIS recordings

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

MY IRIS live at Galway Jazz Festival 2019

“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

live at the Barbican 2018

“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

Rochester International Jazz Festival 2019 (photo Josh Saunders)
MY IRIS play Ronnie Scott’s with special guests Louise McMonagle & Lauren Kinsella, March 2021, photo by Monika S. Jakubowska