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26th January 2021

Livestreamed from the Boileroom at 7.30pm

BASCA award winning composer and saxophonist Trish Clowes takes centre stage for the next Guildford Jazz live streamed performance at the Boileroom with her band ‘My Iris’, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring.

Featuring: Trish Clowes – Saxophone, Ross Stanley – Hammond Organ, Chris Montague – Guitar, James Maddren – Drums

Following on from the band’s two acclaimed studio albums, Trish released a digital download-only live album in 2020 to equally strong reviewsExpect thought provoking music and an exhilarating mix of brooding tunes with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo (see below for more)

‘An awesome foursome… With just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’ …****Dave Gelly, The Observer

The performance will be recorded and broadcast live from the Boileroom starting at 7.30pm and finishing shortly before 9pm, followed by with a post-gig chat with the band, where you’ll have your chance to send in your comments and questions for the band.

Tickets are £10, available below until 6pm on the day of the performance. If there’s more than one person in your household who’ll be watching, we’d be grateful if you’d consider buying the appropriate number of tickets so that we can support the musicians as much as we can, but it’s entirely voluntary and at your discretion. If you have a discount code, just enter it at the checkout, and if you have any problems please contact We’ll send you the link to the performance the day before, which you can watch on computer or mobile device or on a Smart TV.

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About the Band….

My Iris is an intense and thrilling band that represents the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, saxophonist Trish Clowes provides her bandmates Ross Stanley (Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums) with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes.

The band has now recorded two albums for Basho Records (‘My Iris’ and ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’), the latest of which has been described as a “high intensity, mercurial workout” by Giovanni Russonello for Downbeat Magazine, providing “further evidence that Clowes is an improviser to be reckoned with.” Clowes collaborated with film director Rose Hendry to create a music video for the album track ‘Abbott & Costello’ – inspired by characters in Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’ – that has recently been screened at the Cannes Lions Festival and shortlisted for The Voice Of A Woman Awards 2019 (Click here to watch the video)

My Iris has toured internationally and made broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen. Notable recent performances include Rochester International Jazz Festival (Made In The UK showcase), Toronto International Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival and the Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, supporting Avishai Cohen. My Iris is a band “going places” (Ian Patterson, All About Jazz).

 “… the increasingly formidable Trish Clowes… blending jazz energy with expertly-crafted structural devices … Her quartet negotiates the whole apparatus with insight.”  **** BBC Music Magazine

“… a beguiling Clowes solo that Lester Young or Ben Webster would have been proud of … Strong compositions brilliantly interpreted” ****  Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

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A view from the audience

What a WONDERFUL evening at the Boileroom … Great playing … Superb sound and video… BRAVO!!! – Peter

Super session last night, thanks so much to you and band for putting this on. Really appreciate live music in these dark days – Stephen

“… I closed my eyes and could have been right there in the club! I had no technical issues and the sound/picture was superb. Fantastic session! ” – Richard

Thanks for last night’s outstanding concert. Since lockdown I’ve listened to lots of online offerings but by some measure this was best. Congratulations also to the people who did the sound – excellent quality and perfect balance – Mick

Many thanks…really enjoyed the music and performance, as well as the excellent sound and production. We were clapping and whopping along… looking forward to the next one – Mick & Sandra

Both the audio and video quality was great!  I do hope this will be the first of many events – Chris

Great gig last night. Also thanks for the excellent camera work – we have never been able to watch the individual players in such close up – especially the pianist’s hands – and we were duly impressed – Anne & Ted

…really cheered us up and almost made us feel as if we were there!  Looking forward to the next one! – Sally & Nick


Previous livestreamed performances are available to watch online. We’re charging a small fee to watch the performances, so we can all continue to support artists whose livelihood has been badly affected by the pandemic. To watch the full performance of either band below, including the band Q&A afterwards, just select the performance you would like to see, and we’ll email you the link to watch the concert online.


January 2021: ALAN BARNES (sax) with DAVE NEWTON (piano), MATT HOME (drums), MARIANNE WINDHAM (bass)

“A magnificent evening” – Trevor Bannister, Jazz in Reading (read full review)


August 2020: LIZ FLETCHER (vocals), NIGEL PRICE (guitar), DARREN BECKETT (drums), Marianne Windham (bass). Click here to watch a trailer.

“Fletcher has heart, sensitivity and subtle control – she’s the real deal”- John Fordham, The Guardian`


July 2020: DAVE LEWIS (tenor sax), ROBIN ASPLAND (piano), LLOYD HAINES (drums), Marianne Windham (bass). Trailer below

Watch a taster!

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