Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before.
Their distinctive blend of high energy and precise interplay, makes for an infectious floor-filling night of music. Individually, each band member is at the top of their game, but this is all about the collective interplay; tight, dynamic, and relentlessly driven!
The 14-strong ensemble has earned a reputation for their joy-filled live shows, delivering a set that swings from the get go.
A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene, we are delighted to present Beat & Pieces big band to Belfast for the first time ever, this September. Bring your dancing shoes.
“A big band with the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra” – AJ Dehany, London Jazz
“News Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” – Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3
Trish Clowes is one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition, working today. Her current project ‘My Iris’ features Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums), creating a sound that is thrilling and darkly funky, reminiscent of the work of Weather Report.
The exhilarating mix of organ-powered funk, fast-walking swing, and bursts of free-jazz spikiness, will leave you rattled and hungry for more. This is music that feels nourishing and essential.
Lauded for her imaginative approach, Clowes leads charge in the contemporary UK jazz scene. Having released two albums under ‘My Iris’ to critical acclaim (through Basho Records), the band has performed across Europe, winning fans and critics wherever they play. The most recent release ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’ is inspired by ideas and themes from Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film ‘Arrival’ and truly captures the familiar yet otherworldly mood.
We are delighted to welcome Trish Clowes ‘My Iris’ project to Belfast this Autumn.
“A high intensity mercurial workout provides further evidence that Clowes is an improviser to be reckoned with”- Giovanni Russonello, Downbeat
“Listen, and then listen again, if only to remind yourself that this beautiful other world really does exist”- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction