I’ve just released a new solo track on Bandcamp, massive thank you to everyone who has continued to support me and MY IRIS on that platform this year – it is hugely appreciated! I will continue to share new ideas there over the coming months as a bigger project bubbles away behind the scenes.
Tonight at 6pm BST Louise McMonagle will be premiering Round By the Ness, my new piece for solo cello, as part of a concert for Living Room Live. All the info on how to watch the concert is here. The full programme is as follows: Lutoslawski – Sacher Variation Ailie Robertson – Skydance Samantha Fernando – Fault LInie Trish Clowes – Round by The Ness (world premiere) Zoe Martlew – Salat Babilya
Programme note for Round By the Ness
Written for Louise McMonagle, in response to images and sounds captured by film-maker Rose Hendry along the East Neuk of Fife coastline, and dedicated to the memory of Alan Ford (lover of all things musical and geological).
As I sat down to write this piece, Rose was sending me images and videos of the coastline, on different days, near where she was staying in Scotland in Spring 2020. I began sketching ideas in response to the way the seaweed moved with the waves, the dancing sunlight or the moody clouds on the horizon, the patterns in the sand, bright orange flowers and darkened rocks. One of the recurring motifs in the piece is a series of microtones, which mimics the birdsong I could hear accompanying the sounds of the sea.
I have worked with Louise for many years, and she is a dear friend. Over time, I have developed a collection of favourite cello techniques that I have thoroughly enjoyed putting into action in this solo cello piece. In particular, I have been inspired by Louise’s performances of Heinz Holliger’s Chaconne, which showcases exceptional cello writing – I have learnt so much from exploring this work.
Some of the images Rose took along the East Neuk of Fife coastline…
An incredible vision for an album, and soooo much joy. Here’s a video of one of the tracks called ‘Soki’ which features legends Dianne Reeves and Lionel Loueke
Next up is a piece called “i only bite because you make me” by Yshani Perinpanayagam, for piano synchronised to a perfect game of snake. It was written for “The Pixel Players” hosted by Royal Concert Hall Nottingham and the National Videogames Arcade, March 2019. I think this is just a brilliant, inventive piece of writing.
Next one… admittedly I’m a bit biased, this is a video of my good friend Louise McMonagle performing Heinz Holliger’s ‘Chaconne’ for solo cello. I’m writing Louise my own solo piece at the moment, so I’ve been checking out the details of this incredible composition, and Louise’s brilliant performance of it!
Finally, I’ve discovered these amazing string quartets by Eleanor Alberga… These are just EVERYTHING I want to hear in string quartet writing… Happy listening everyone!
Yesterday, a wonderful film I wrote music for went live…!
Architecture of Autonomy was designed and produced by Kristina Walsh, and it includes many, many wonderful artists, practitioners and craftspeople… (full credits below)
The music is called ‘Alison’, for my mum, and it’s performed by yours truly and Ross Stanley (piano and organ).
Creative Director, Designer, Producer – Kristina Walsh Film Director, D.O.P, Editor – Mae Sass Choreographer, Movement Director – Cathy Waller Rehearsal Director – Julie Ann Minaai Music ‘Alison’ by Saxophonist + Composer – Trish Clowes with Pianist + Organist – Ross Stanley Fashion – ROBERTS|WOOD Hair + Make Up – Ellie Morris Film Assistant – Cengi Sen Production Assistant – Baani Singh
Performers (in order of appearance): Yukiko Masui, Erin Ball, Sade Alleyne, Vanessa Guevara, Leanne Thompson
Supported by Arts Council England and Sarabande Foundation
I recently had the pleasure of guesting on a couple of tracks for a new album by bassist/songwriter Tim Harries called ’10 Songs’… if you’re interested, the album is now available on Bandcamp! I play on the last two… https://timharries.bandcamp.com/album/10-songs
Recently I was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write a ‘postcard’, a miniature piece for a solo instrument. I chose violin, and yesterday ‘Earworm’ was premiered on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast programme by the brilliant Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. The piece was then broadcast again during R3’s afternoon and evening concerts. Here is a link to the afternoon concert, which includes a short intro from me (it’s from about 1hr10mins in): https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jhjd
My wonderful band were supposed to tour this month and of course, we won’t be doing that again for a while… Instead I have released a live album on Bandcamp – it’s download only, and the money comes direct to us. The recordings are from the gigs we had in Belfast and at Galway Jazz Festival in October last year. It was such a fab weekend away and it’s really cheered me up to listen back and choose highlights for this emergency album release!