Born in 1991, Elliot Galvin is a London based jazz pianist, composer and collaborator. From de-constructing standards to creating his own mirco-tonal melodica, Galvin’s music is both playful and deadly serious drawing on a wide range of influences from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, Ligeti, Deerhoof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce.
His main artistic vehicle is the Elliot Galvin Trio, who in 2014 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 its albums of the year. They will release their new album 'PUNCH' on the 29th July 2016 on Edition Records.
Elliot is a prolific composer and has been commissioned by a number of ensembles, dance companies, theatre groups and festivals including the 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 an installation piece of at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, which consisted of live performance, interactive sound sculptures and film. The Vanderbilts is a theatre music ensemble that performs Elliot's work.
Elliot features on a number of critically acclaimed albums including his soon to be released duo with Mark Sanders, Laura Jurd’s Landing Ground, Chaos Orchestra’s Island Mentality, Phil Meadow’s Engines Orchestra and Huw William’s Hon. He is a co-founder of the Chaos Collective, an organization and record label, which provides a platform for original improvised music, composition and collaborative performance in the UK, putting on festivals and having a monthly residency for new music.