Trish Clowes


"one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times" The Guardian

“a young woman brimming with the surprise and ever-inventive singularity of her magic” – Chris Searle, Morning Star

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has just released her third album ‘Pocket Compass’ for Basho Records featuring her quintet (with Chris Montague, Gwilym Simcock, Calum Gourlay, James Maddren) and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder, receiving much praise from critics: “improv saxist and composer on a creative roll” (Guardian), “melding of the unexpected and the inexorable” (BBC Music Magazine), “exquisite control of instrumental colour” (Arts Desk), “beyond the obvious virtuosity the record contains some of the most absorbing original music in the jazz-classical idiom released this year” (Marlbank)

‘Pocket Compass’ was launched at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 alongside the premiere of her first BBC commission “The Fox the Parakeet & The Chestnut”, an event which was the culmination of her two years as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

Other highlight performances in the past year have included Celtic Connections 2014, her own festival Emulsion 3, the ‘Under Your Wing’ project featuring Norma Winstone at Kings Place and BBC Radio 3 Free-Thinking Festival 2014 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Celtic Connections saw Clowes appear as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where her orchestral composition ‘Sketch’ was given its World Premiere and her adaptation of George Gershwin’s ‘Lullaby’ was described by the Glasgow Herald as “a highlight of the night”.

Clowes moved to London in 2003 to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Iain Ballamy and Pete Churchill. In 2008 she won a Development Award from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund which was used to form a new ensemble, Tangent. Then in 2010 Clowes recorded and released her debut album for Basho Records, also named ‘Tangent’, featuring her small band, pianist Gwilym Simcock, vocalist Kathleen Willison and two orchestral tracks conducted by Jules Buckley (of the Metropole Orkest). The album was critically acclaimed, receiving praise for its integrity, luminosity and ambition.

Her second album for Basho Records ‘And in the night-time she is there’ was released in September 2012 followed by a UK tour with her band Tangent, with guest appearances from Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, Martin France and a string quartet led by violinist Thomas Gould. Venues included Kings Place London and The Sage Gateshead and the tour was supported by Jazz Services. Clowes’ ‘Iris Nonet’, which was premiered on this tour, was shortlisted for the 2013 BASCA British Composer Awards.

Clowes curates her own festival Emulsion with Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, Luke Styles. Emulsion compositions and the Emulsion development scheme are supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Foundation respectively. Emulsion 3 took take place at the end of May 2014 – receiving 5 stars from the Arts Desk – and was supported by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation. The entire festival was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the programmes Hear and Now and Jazz on 3. Emulsion 3 saw the Emulsion Sinfonietta collaborate with internationally renowned ECM artists ‘Food’ (Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen).

Later this year Clowes will tour with her quintet to celebrate the release of ‘Pocket Compass’, take her trio with Ross Stanley and Chris Montague to the Women in (e)Motion Festival in Bremen (Germany) and make her debut performance at Wigmore Hall with the Heath Quartet and Gwilym Simcock.


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