Trish Clowes will headline at Manchester’s NQJazz next week, following the recent release of her new album A View With A Room.

A View with a Room is the fourth release by saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes and her acclaimed band My Iris.  The album was released on Friday, with the artist now in the midst of a huge 18-date run of shows across the UK.  The run includes a Manchester gig at NQJazz.  She will also perform at Liverpool University’s Tung Auditorium.

All but one of the eight original compositions came together for various livestream events during the pandemic, Clowes writing a new tune for each precious playing opportunity. “Many of the tracks make direct reference to issues created and exacerbated by the global pandemic, commenting on personal loss and creativity as solace, the climate crisis, and the ever-growing migrant crisis,” explains Clowes. “The title track, for example, suggests a surreal, and yet strangely relatable concept, forced upon much of the world during these deeply isolating times.”

The album also features a celebration of women who have inspired Trish Clowes – Amber is for Amber Bauer, CEO of Donate4Refugees, reflecting her energy and dynamism; Ayana is dedicated to Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, an inspiring writer, marine biologist and policy expert, who speaks clearly and positively on the issues of climate change; and The Ness was written in response to images and sounds captured by filmmaker / collaborator Rose Hendry along the East Neuk of Fife coastline in Scotland.

The award winning saxophonist’s band My Iris features some of the leading musicians on the contemporary UK jazz scene – Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums).

When does Trish Clowes headline at NQJazz in Manchester?

Trish Clowes headlines Manchester’s NQJazz on 2 May 2022.  The Manchester gig is one of 18 dates on her run of UK shows:
21 April   –   Ashburton, Arts Centre
22 April   –   Poole, LIghthouse
23 April   –   London, Wigmore Hall
27 April   –   Cardiff, The Flute and Tankard
28 April   –   Aberjazz
30 April   –   Liverpool University, Tung Auditorium
2 May   –   Manchester, NQJazz
3 May   –   York, National Centre of Early Music
4 May   –   Scarborough Jazz
5 May   –   Leeds, Seven Arts
14 May   –   Shrewsbury, Hive
15 May   –   Newcastle, Jazz Northeast
16 May   –   Nottingham, Beeston Library
17 May   –   Nottingham, Workshop Library
18 May   –   Nottingham, Southwell Library
19 May   –   Nottingham, West Bridgford Library
26 May   –   Leicester, Jazz House
27 May   –   Glasgow, Blue Arrow Club

image of Trish Clowes courtesy Rose Hendry