Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns with her new group project, My Iris, early next year releasing an album of the same name on 13 January on Basho Records and several tour dates. The four-piece group includes guitarist Chris Montague, Hammond player/pianist Ross Stanley and drummer James Maddren, drawing inspiration also from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds the band are exploring, not to mention the Wayne Shorter song 'Iris'.
Completing Clowes' busy January will be the fifth edition of her contemporary classical-meets-jazz and improvisation Emulsion Festival – which takes place at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham on 27 January. The one-day event features performances by My Iris, the Emulsion Sinfonietta plus an opening set from some of Birmingham's leading improvisers. Clowes is hoping to expand the event through a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to bring in additional guests – such as saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Joe Wright – and commission more new music alongside works already written specially for the festival by Hans Koller, Percy Pursglove and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.
My Iris tour dates are: Pizza Express Jazz Club, London (album launch, 17 Jan); The Gateway Education & Arts Centre, Shrewsbury (18 Jan); Arts Centre, De Montford University Campus, Leicester (19 Jan); Wakefield Rugby Club, Wakefield (20 Jan); Hidden Rooms, Cambridge (26 Jan); MAC, Birmingham (27 Jan).
– Mike Flynn