OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Elliot Galvin
Maverick pianist Elliot Galvin’s stupendous creativity has earned him comparisons with Django Bates, though Galvin's singular approach has affirmed his reputation as a true original. A 12 Points alumnus, Irish audiences will remember his trio’s stand-out performance in Dublin in 2018.
Ahead of his performance at Jazz Connective Dublin on Thursday 12th December, we chatted to Elliot about taking inspirations from his fellow musicians, and the centrality of improvisation.
Q. What’s the most important thing to you when making music?
Q. What inspires you at the moment - be it music, art, politics or your personal life?
My peers inspire me the most. I'm lucky to know a lot of very talented musicians and what they are making always inspires me to push myself and shows me something new to try.
Q. How do you see the role of improvisation in music?
For me improvisation is central to making music. It is the spontaneous element that enables you to communicate directly to the audience and the musicians you're playing with in that moment in time. For me it is one of the main reasons I make music.
Q. Is connection an important concept to you in music?
I think that's what music is all about really, whether it be with other musicians or audiences. The power of music to connect people across cultural and personal boundaries is something that always inspires me.
Q. Can you tell us about a seminal experience, project, or encounter that had a significant impact on your career?
I don't know about my career as I couldn't single out one moment that changed everything, rather a gradual accumulation of moments, but in terms of the art I make reading Ulysses by James Joyce profoundly changed the way I thought about making art and what was possible.