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Saxaphonist Trish Clowes to bring live jazz to Southwell Library with her band

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A saxophonist acclaimed for her jazz music and improvisation will be preforming in Southwell.

Trish Clowes, on tour with her fourth release A View with a Room, is to take to the stage at Southwell Library on May 18.

A series of tracks created through rare limited access shows and livestreams during the pandemic, the album includes a new tune for each precious playing opportunity.

Trish Clowes. Credit: Rose Hendry (56284876)
Trish Clowes. Credit: Rose Hendry (56284876)

Trish said: “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.

“The title track, for example, suggests a surreal, and yet strangely relatable concept, forced upon much of the world during these deeply isolating times.”

Touring with her band My Iris, an intense and thrilling quartet featuring some of the finest musicians on the contemporary UK jazz scene ­— Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums) ­— the performances promise a reimagination of the tracks as the band enjoy the atmosphere of each venue.

Trish added: "We have been touring around the Uk since the beginning of April, so by the time I get to [Southwell] the music is going to be nicely clued in and because we celebrate improvisation in this setting, it is going to be really exciting to see what we are all up to by the time we get there.

"Part of the fun is turning up and seeing what the energy of the space is like and how it affects the music. That's part of the beauty of this tour and all the different venues.

"Jazz is all about the live setting, I think the thing about jazz is that you are always making decisions and that's when you get the little looks between eachother. It's just so exciting taking risks with the music, you never know what is going to happen in each of the sections from night to night and someone might surprise you ­— it's just so in the moment."

The album also dedicates three tracks to celebrating women who have been an inspiration to the saxophonist.

The track Amber is for Amber Bauer, chief executive of Donate4Refugees, reflecting her energy and dynamism, while 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.

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. Creative music for and of our times.

The band deliver driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes in all eight of the release's original compositions.

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