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Elliot Galvin commissioned to present jazz in unconventional ways

Wed 20 May 2020

The jazz alum has won a Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship to create bold new work at Festivals across England.

Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin is one of four artists to receive a Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship, a new programme that offers artists the chance to experiment with presenting jazz in unusual spaces and in the digital realm.

The Fellowship includes funding for research and development, in-depth mentoring, a two-day Creative Lab hosted by Birmingham City University and specialist support from digital agency The Space.

It will culminate in a new site-specific or digital work at a leading European music festival in 2021, including Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival.

In the press release, Elliot Galvin commented –  

“I am fascinated by presenting music in new contexts and communicating work to audiences in new ways. This Fellowship will allow me to build on my creative ideas with the support and guidance of industry professionals to help me realise a new installation piece that is in dialogue with its environment, playing with context as much as content.

“This is something that I have worked on before, but never with the support network that this Fellowship provides, allowing the work to develop to its full potential.”

A rising star of the UK jazz scene, Elliot is a member of Laura Jurd’s Mercury nominated band Dinosaur and one half of the Binker Golding and Elliot Galvin Duo, amongst many other ensembles. He has released four albums to date with The Elliot Galvin Trio including The Influencing Machine, which was named one of the albums of the year in both Downbeat and Jazzwise.

Alongside performance, he is a prolific composer who has been commissioned by leading venues and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti Quartet and St. John’s Smith Square.

Elliot graduated with a BMus (Hons) in jazz piano from Trinity Laban in 2013 before completing his MMus in Composition in 2014.

Find out more about studying at Trinity Laban on our Jazz and Composition pages.

Image credit: Dave Stapleton