MAGICAL Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes’s fourth album, ‘My Iris’, has been hailed ‘musical wizardry’.
A great night of jazz is on the cards when the effervescent Trish Clowes brings her fast-rising quartet to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday, February 7, at 8pm, as part of a prestigious Music Network tour.
‘Fiercely talented’ saxophonist Trish Clowes is a BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. An agile improviser and songwriter in the mould of Wayne Shorter, Clowes has been much lauded for her melodic imagination and magisterial tone.
Previously known for genre-bending collaborations with improvising string quartets and orchestras, her take on jazz is playful, engaging and hugely accomplished. According to The Guardian’s John Fordham, she is ‘one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times’.
Clowes has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London Jazz Festival, Wigmore Hall, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections, Women in (e)motion Festival (Germany), as well as performed broadcasts for BBC 2 Proms Extra, BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen and appeared with BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. Recent commissions include writing for the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC Radio 3), London Sinfonietta and Onyx Brass.
For the Castlebar show, Clowes will be joined by a trio of long-term collaborators showcasing original tunes from the saxophonist’s highly-acclaimed fourth album ‘My Iris’: the impeccable James Maddren on drums, versatile and award-winning Troyka guitarist Chris Montague, and keyboard virtuoso Ross Stanley (on Hammond organ), a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio.
Head along to see why reviewers are already dubbing this ensemble ‘The Awesome Foursome’. Dave Gelly of The Observer wrote that ‘with just four players, the variety of tone colour is remarkable’, while Cormac Larkin in The Irish Times suggested that ‘(‘My Iris’) represents the front rank of the new generation of UK jazz’.
For more information or to book tickets (€17/€14), call 094 9023733 or visit www.thelinenhall.com.