Trish Clowes’ My Iris

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Trish Clowes’ My Iris

Fri 22 10 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Trish Clowes’ My Iris

At Crookes Social Club, 8-11 pm
Trish Clowes: sax
Chris Montague: guitar
Ross Stanley: piano & Hammond organ
James Maddren: drums

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Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns with her band ‘My Iris’, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band is exploring. Following on from the band’s two acclaimed studio albums, Trish released a digital download-only live album in 2020 to equally strong reviews. Expect thought provoking music – an exhilarating mix of brooding tunes with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo. ‘An awesome foursome… With just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’ …**** Dave Gelly, The Observer

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has been described as “an improviser to be reckoned with” by Downbeat Magazine. Well-known for her orchestral arrangements and work with string quartets, she now explores smaller scale arrangements with equal confidence, her gifts for melody, form, improvisation and leadership coming further into the foreground. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Trish is now a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded a PhD in Musical Composition by Birmingham City University (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) in 2020.

Trish has recorded five albums for London-based jazz label Basho Records. Trish has also worked extensively with larger ensembles, incorporating orchestras on her earlier albums ‘Tangent’ (2010) and ‘Pocket Compass’ (2014), and a string quartet on ‘and in the night-time she is there’ (2012).Her other activities include curating her own Emulsion series of cross-genre music festivals and performing with pianist Gareth Williams in the Glow Quartet.  In 2015 Trish won a BASCA British Composer Award for ‘The Fox, The Parakeet and The Chestnut’, her work for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

My Iris has toured worldwide and received critical acclaim for their live performances and recordings. The band has recorded two albums for Basho Records. Following the acclaimed self-titled ‘My Iris’ debut album in 2017, the second album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ was released in 2019 to equally glowing reviews, alongside Clowes’ first music video, for the track ‘Abbott & Costello’. A live download-only album was released in 2020. Live highlights have included performing in the USA as part of the Made In The UK series at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, supporting Avishai Cohen at the EFG London Jazz Festival and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen (Germany).

“Strong compositions brilliantly interpreted” – 4* for ‘My Iris Live’ – Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

“Clowes’ most accessible, consistent and satisfying release so far” **** Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann review of My Iris album

“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’

Ross Stanley is a pianist and organist who was was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College and studied for his music degree at Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the USA. Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand, playing with jazz names such as Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Michael Janisch, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and Jacqui Dankworth’s band. Ross has also toured with Steve Howe Trio, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others.

Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a guitarist  and composer. As a founder member of Troyka he has garnered a reputation for his distinctive approach to the guitar and has gained much acclaim for his contribution to many contemporary recordings.  Chris’ new trio ‘Warmer than Blood’ with Kit Downes on piano and Ruth Goller on bass released its debut album in 2020 on Whirlwind recordings. He was born in Gateshead and began playing guitar at an early age. Some of the musicians and bands Chris has worked with have included; Troyka, Squarepusher, Benny Greb’s Moving Parts, Janek Gwizdala, Monocled Man, Charlie Watts, Django Bates, Shinya Fukumori, BJ Cole, Colin Town’s Blue Touch Paper, Nick Smart’s Trogon, Trish Clowe’s Tangent and My Iris.

James Maddren studied jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music, with Trevor Tomkins and Martin France as his drum tutors, graduating in 2009 with a 1st class degree. Today he is one of the most in-demand drummers on the jazz scene playing with many artists and ensembles, including the Gwilym Simcock Trio, Kit Downes Trio, Marc Copland/Stan Sulzman Quartet, Julian Arguelles Quartet, Ivo Neame Quartet, Martin Speake Quartet, Satori and Phronesis.

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

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Fri 22 10 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114