"He reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s – great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humor. He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises." - John Fordham (The Guardian)
Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself.
Elliot is a prolific composer and has been comissioned by a number of Ensembles, Dance Companies, Theatre Groups and Festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti String Quartet, St. John Smith’s Square, The London Jazz festival, The RESOLUTION! Dance Festival at The Place and the Theatre Company Cut Tongues. He works regularly with multi-media and in 2014 put on a multi-media installation piece at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, which consisted of live performance, interactive sound sculptures and film.
He performs regularly as a soloist, recently releasing the entirely improvised album 'Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton' and is a key member of the Mercury nominated Band Dinosaur. He has recently began a duo project with the renowned saxophonist Binker Golding (one half of Binker and Moses), with whom he released the critically acclaimed album EX Nihilio on Byrd Out records in February 2019.
The Elliot Galvin Trio
In 2014 The Elliot Galvin Trio were announced as the winners of the European Young Jazz Artist of the Year Award in Germany. That same year they released their debut album ‘Dreamland’ to rave reviews, with the Guardian calling it “audaciously accomplished” ****, Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3, Jazz on 3) saying it was “Perhaps one of the strongest debuts that I’ve heard from a UK artist in a long while… extremely bold and progressive” and The German Jazz Magazine ‘JazzThing’ naming it as one of it’s albums of the year.
Since then they have released 1 Ep and 2 other critically acclaimed records with the European Label Edition Records. Their last record, The Influencing Machine was names as one of the albums of the year in both Downbeat Magazine and Jazzwise, with Downbeat calling it: “Glorious in it’s arrestingly planned order of manic development” ****1/2.
On April 19th they released their new album 'Modern Times', a unique project recorded direct to Vinyl, each side in one continuous take, with no stops, no intermediate recording and mixing using tape or digital storage and manipulation, and no mixing or mastering after. Recorded on a VMS70 cutting lathe, a technique used before the implementation of audio tape in the 1940s. Recorded at Artorne studio on top of The Record Industry pressing plant in Haarlem, Netherlands.