Lara Jones is an award winning saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator currently the recipient of Help Musician’s UK’s Peter Whittingam Jazz Award, Jerwood Arts Jazz Encounter Fellow and Manchester Jazz Festival’s Level Up.
She is a member of avant garde trio J Frisco and retro futuristic Beyond Albedo, both supported by Jazz North. Lara creates immersive, meditative soundscapes with solo saxophone & electronics; using live processing and field recordings. As a soloist, last year Lara 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’s using the fellowship from Jerwood Arts in collaboration with Cheltenham Jazz Festival to develop this work into an interactive installation in a train station to be hosted by Manchester Jazz Festival in 2022.
Through Brighter Sound she has recently received mentorship from Anna Meredith in composition and is currently receiving mentorship from Chris Sharkey through Help Musicians UK in production. She released her debut solo album ‘Ensō’ in April 2020 which has recently been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Freeness’ and in ‘Jazzwise’ magazine.