My Iris: Trish Clowes
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‘My Iris’ is a new project from BASCA award winning composer and saxophonist Trish Clowes. Having previously focused on collaborations with string sections and the BBC Concert Orchestra, My Iris shifts Clowes’ perspective to the possibilities of a small ensemble. The ensemble features Chris Montague (Troyka, Shobaleader One, Colin Towns) on guitar, Ross Stanley (Dennis Rollins, Dylan Howe) on piano and organ and James Maddren on drums. My Iris explores startling melodies, earthy grooves and gnarly lines, creating a sound world that is both intimate and thrilling. The ensemble has honed these musical concepts in major performances including the Women in (e)Motion Festival for Radio Bremen, the Deal Festival and at the Southbank Centre. In 2016, the group will record Clowes’ fourth album for Basho Records, planned for release in January 2017, with accompanying tour dates across the country.
The new album will feature a collaboration between Trish and composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, the first time Clowes has worked alongside another composer on a recording. Horrocks-Hopayian shares qualities with Clowes in that both are performer-composers and seek to work across genre boundaries. The composition will explore the theme of migration. This is also the main concept behind the fourth Emulsion festival (Emulsion Migrations), a cross-genre platform for integrating composition and improvisation, where the new work will be premiered.