Trish Clowes announced as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2012-14.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
TRISH CLOWES ANNOUNCED AS BBC RADIO 3 NEW GENERATION ARTIST - 2012-14
Saxophonist, composer and Basho records recording artist Trish Clowes has been announced as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for 2012-14. Trish is the first female jazz artist on the scheme. The New Generation Artists scheme was launched in 1999 and aims to nurture young musical talent. Other jazz musicians to have been featured in the scheme include pianist Gwilym Simcock, trumpeter Tom Arthurs and saxophonist and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings.
Clowes is a distinctive and open-minded artist with an instantly recognisable, graceful tenor sound in part influenced by Stan Getz. Her debut album ‘Tangent’ (Basho SRCD 33-2) saw her experimenting with composing for jazz ensemble and orchestra. Her new album ‘and in the night-time she is there’ (Basho SRCD 41-2) further develops this strand of her work, fully integrating a string quartet with the music’s core focus on improvisation. The Arts Desk described it as ‘powerful, lyrical and with a sound world that varies from the austere to the ecstatic.’ The string quartet includes star violinist Thomas Gould and the album also features guest appearances from Gwilym Simcock and vocalist Kathleen Willison.
Trish has toured the UK with her Tangent Quartet (featuring guitarist Chris Montague, bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren) with the support of Jazz Services and Arts Council England. Following the success of Tangent, she was invited by Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson to perform at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2011, with the performance broadcast on Radio 3. Trish also curated and organised Emulsion, a new platform for composition and improvisation fusing the worlds of classical music and jazz. This premiered at the Vortex in May 2012 and featured four new commissions from Iain Ballamy, Luke Styles, Rory Simmons and Clowes herself.
During this year’s London Jazz Festival, Clowes will perform at St. James’ Church, Piccadilly on 15th November in a special performance featuring the music of Kurt Weill as conceived by the saxophonist, composer and arranger Barbara Thompson.
With interest in both the jazz and classical worlds, Clowes is the ideal artist for the New Generation scheme, able to adapt to a range of musical contexts and always keen to explore new avenues.
Trish Clowes launches her new album “and in the night-time she is there” on Basho Records at King’s Place on 29th September and will appear at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in duo with guitarist Chris Montague to celebrate the BBC New Generation Artist Award on Tuesday 9th October.
New Generation Artists is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 to nurture young musical talent and designed to bring listeners of BBC Radio 3 a wide cross section of rising international artists to the comfort of their own home. The scheme was launched in 1999.
Every autumn six to seven artists or groups who are beginning to make a mark on the national and international music scene are invited to join. These include concerts in London and around the UK, appearances and recordings with the BBC Orchestras, special studio recordings for Radio 3, and, last but not least, appearances at the Proms. In 2006 the scheme’s range widened to include jazz.
New Generation Artists have featured in some of Britain’s most prominent festivals, including the City of London Festival, The BBC Proms, The London Jazz Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.
Radio 3 has also commissioned a number of scores including new generation artists. The composers involved include Simon Holt, Geoffrey Burgon, Augusta Read Thomas, Karin Rehnqvist, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Alexander Goehr.
Congratulations to Trish Clowes on this prestigious appointment and wishes her a succesful tenure as the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
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