Lara Jones is an award winning saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator based in London, 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. Lara contrasts high energy pulsating electronics with mediative dream-like soundscapes with solo saxophone & software Abelton; using live processing and field recordings to build structures and stories in her work. Her work has been featured on BBC 6 music as Mary Anne Hobb’s Near Future track, BBC Radio 3 Freeness and in Jazzwise Magazine.
Performance highlights include Vortex Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival Kings Place, 'Jazz in the Round', Cafe Oto and Servant Jazz Quarters. She has supported artists including Courtney Pine, Novelist, Roller Trio, Portico Quartet, Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin. She’s collaborated with Archipelago, Shiva Feshareki, Seb Rochford, DJ Shlomo and Cleveland Watkis and performed around Europe at events including Sofar Sounds, London Jazz Festival, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Tubax International Festival Munich and Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Her compositional activity has led to participation in projects Postcards from Eyemouth (Dr. Jacob Thompson-Bell and Dr. Nick Katuszonek) and Peninsular Arts ‘Music of Motions and Presence’ (Dr. Federico Visi and Marco Frattini). She worked on a commission for theatre company ‘Riptide’ in which she composed and recorded the music for an immersive app experience available on the apple app store ‘Sonder’ and recently composed the music for Kahlo Theatre’s new theatre production ‘The Other Side’.
Lara has recently released her brand new single Upside Down on forward thinking record label No Such Thing Records. It comes as the first single from her new EP ‘Flow’ set to be released in February 2022 and is the result of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award.