10 Minutes with Elliot Galvin

Elliot Galvin is a rising star of the European jazz scene, and a key member of Mercury Music Prize nominated band Dinosaur. In 2018 he releases his third album, The Influencing Machine, a sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and our postmodern age, featuring bassist Tom McCredie and drummer Corrie Dick.

To prepare for his visit in March, find out more about the star, his love of Birmingham's Jazzlines programme, his influences, and his aspirations for his upcoming album in a quick Q&A.

You’re coming to perform in Birmingham twice this year, with your own trio in March and with Laura Jurd's Dinosaur in June. What do you enjoy most about coming to perform in the UK’s second city?

Birmingham is one of my favourite places to play. The audiences are always really responsive and there's a lot of fantastic art and culture going on.

Elliot Galvin Credit Dave Stapleton 4834 Primary

THSH’s Jazzlines is the programme that keeps bringing you back. Why is it so important for Arts Council England to continue to fund this unique programme of creative jazz music and Talent Development initiatives?

It is vitally important for the Arts Council to continue funding THSH Jazziness. Without the support this provides it would be impossible for bands like mine and many other to perform in Birmingham. The support they provide allows us to perform to audiences who wouldn't otherwise have access to our music. It has helped support my development as a performing artist over the years fostering audiences and providing opportunities I would have otherwise not had access to.

The Influencing Machine Tour coincides with the release of your third album of the same name and is, amongst other things, billed as a reaction to ‘the post-truth age’. With this as the stimulus, what response do you hope your new music will inspire from the listener?  

I think every listener brings themselves to the music they listen to, so it's quite hard to predict how they will respond. But I'm really interested in creating layers of material and meaning in my music, I want to create the impression that there is a logic to what's going on, but it's an oblique logic that the listener knows exists, but doesn't quite know what the logic is. I think this sensation of feeling like there is a logic going on but not knowing what that logic is is very symptomatic on the 'post truth age'.

You are billed as one of the rising stars of UK jazz scene. Which jazz artists have inspired you and why?

I've been inspired by a lot of different artists, from inside and outside jazz. Craig Taborn is a big inspiration and Django Bates and of course miles Davis. But i've been inspired as much by artists from other disciplines as by Jazz musicians. James Joyce, David Lynch, Robert Rauschenberg and Gyorgy Ligeti have all been massive influences on the way I approach making music.

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Jazzlines engages professional musicians to deliver our talent development programme and inspire the next generation of jazz musicians, audiences and producers. Through ensembles, masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities Jazzlines provides children and young people the chance to develop their skills as jazz musicians and performers. Participants are also able to experience high quality performances by some of the world’s leading jazz musicians, who are part of Jazzlines gig promotions in THSH and in venues around Birmingham.

The Jazzlines Talent Development programme is very kindly supported by The Leverhulme Trust.

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