About B:Jazz Festival: Trish Clowes & Byron Wallen - Black Flag Project (double bill)

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has been described as “an improviser to be reckoned with” (Downbeat Magazine) and “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” (John Fordham, the Guardian). A BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Clowes has received critical acclaim for all six of her album releases, and her band MY IRIS have been hailed as “the jazz of the future” (Augsburger Allgemeine). Her performances include the Barbican, Toronto Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Celtic Connections, Women in (e)motion Festival (Germany), National Opera House (Ireland), and making broadcasts for BBC 2 Proms Extra, BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen. Clowes’s music video ‘Abbott & Costello’, directed by Rose Hendry, was shortlisted for Voice of a Woman Awards 2019, and screened at Cannes Lions Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival. In December 2019, Clowes premiered Joe Cutler’s saxophone concerto ‘Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the recording of which has been released on Birmingham Record Company/NMC Recordings (2020). This release was closely followed by a guest soloist appearance with Orchestra of the Swan on their album ‘Timelapse’, interpreting the music of Antonio Vivaldi (Signum Classics, 2021). Recent commissions include writing for the London Sinfonietta, BBC Radio 3, Onyx Brass, and Architecture of Autonomy (producing music for a dance-film).

Trish Clowes is Associated Artist of Wigmore Hall and of The Orchestra of the Swan.

Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. In the mid 1980’s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice.

Wallen’s first major work, Tarot Suite, (1994) was inspired by a love of mythology and symbolism, which reflected the archetypal journey of human life through an interdisciplinary pan-continental approach.

Wallen’s study of cognitive psychology has aided his transition towards conceptualising music as a medium for healing. Wallen raises awareness and invokes change by unlocking boundaries through the nature and science of sound.

Widely recognised as a seminal figure in Jazz, Wallen is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, The BBC, Jerked Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones.

Wallen’s current PRS commission ‘Anthem for Woolwich’ forges new links between schools, venues, musicians and residents to strengthen the resilience and promote the cohesion of the community.

Wallen has received the BBC Jazz Innovation award (2003) and has been nominated several times for the MOBO award. In 2017 he received the coveted Paul Hamlyn Award. In 2020 his band Four Corners was nominated for the best band category at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Byrons 'Black Flag' the book and cd, along with a specially commissioned accompanying film was recently launched at the inaugural jazz festival at the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill gate in June 2022.

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