Lara Jones

Award: Peter Whittingham Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: London


Lara Jones is a saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator. She is a member of J Frisco & Beyond Albedo, both of which have been supported by Jazz North.

She creates immersive, meditative soundscapes with solo saxophone & electronics; using live processing and field recordings. As a soloist, Lara has recently completed her place on Manchester Jazz Festival’s Hothouse Programme which commissioned her to write a new series of audio-visual based works for saxophone & electronics. She has received the Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship to develop this work into an interactive installation in train stations and through Brighter Sound is receiving mentorship from Anna Meredith. Since moving to London last year, she released her debut solo album ‘Ensō’ in April which has recently been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Freeness’ and in ‘Jazzwise’ magazine.

Performance highlights include Vortex Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival Kings Place, 'Jazz in the Round', a solo saxophone and electronics show at Cafe Oto and notable concerts as co-director of the Northern Contemporary Collective (a versatile ensemble of musicians, artists and dancers that utilise unusual spaces, improvisation, cross art forms and deliver educational workshops) at Sounds Like THIS Festival, Leeds.

In her career to date, she has supported artists including Courtney Pine, Novelist, Roller Trio, Portico Quartet, Matthew Bourne, Elliot Galvin, Laura Jurd, collaborated with Archipelago & Shiva Feshareki as a part of Brighter Sounds Both Sides Now Residency and performed around Europe at events including Sofar Sounds, London Jazz Festival, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Tubax International Festival Munich.

She has a BA in jazz and classical performance from Leeds College of Music.
I'll be writing, recording and releasing a new album for saxophone & electronics which will explore the theme of interruptions, challenging ideas of silence, inner voices, sexism, parenthood and technological singularity. It will be released alongside a music video and a pre-recorded live set for an online launch. I’ll undertake mentorship in production from Chris Sharkey.