Elliot Galvin's Ambitious New Jazz Project Was Recorded Direct To Vinyl
Friday, 1 March 2019
Check out his new composition 'Change'...
Jazz is all about seizing the moment - an improvisatory art form, ideas rush past at peak velocity, a continual stream of inspiration.
London musician *Elliot Galvin* is aware of this, honing his prowess alongside Emma-Jean Thackray's current line up and Dinosaur.
Leading his own trio into the studio, new album 'Modern Times' grapples with this fluid improvisation by recording direct to vinyl.
Recorded at Artone Studios, a brand new studio on top of a pressing plant in Haarlem, new album 'Modern Times' is a remarkable achievement.
"Before making this album I had been making music with a lot of electronic instruments, both with my own projects and also in Dinosaur and Emma-Jean Thackaray's band," he recalls. "I'd become a bit disengaged with making acoustic music. Then I saw a solo piano concert by the great pianist Jason Moran when I was in Montreux and I was so inspired. It reminded me why I loved making acoustic music. It was so direct and human. I wanted to make a record like this."
"I remember a chat I had a while back with a friend of mine called Jorg who mentioned he was putting together this studio where you could record direct to vinyl and it seemed like the perfect way to capture a totally acoustic record."
The project progressed from there, a flexible but highly potent experience. "It's pretty intense making a record like this," he explains. "We recorded the whole thing in one day in two continuous 20 minute takes. We literally sat down and recorded each side in one sitting. They put the red light on and we started to play."
"In-between the tracks I'd put my hand up to say we were starting a new one and then go straight into it. It was like playing a gig. There's no where to hide and every sound we made went straight from us into the record, no mixing, no mastering, no tape, just our sound straight to record. Because of this I think this record captures our musical soul."
"It kind of reminded me of how some native Americans used to believe having their pictures taken would steal their soul, and in a way I think we did this to our own shared musical soul by recording in this way. This album is a reaction to the changing computerised, digital, over-produced world we live in today. Making something analogue as a quiet form of protest”.
We're able to share new song 'Change', and it's riveting flexibility is driven by sheer commitment to an idea.
Tune in now.
Elliot Galvin will play a launch show at the Brunel Museum Tunnel Shaft, London on May 15th - ticket *LINK.*
Photo Credit: *Elaine Groenestein*
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