Piano Jazz sessions – Craig Taborn / Elliot Galvin


Wednesday 9 may 2018, 8.30 p.m.

Fondation Louis Vuitton will host several major jazz pianists for its very first Piano Jazz Sessions, a series of five concerts from April to May 2018, in the auditorium. The Sessions will offer a diversity of approaches and styles, and a wide selection of pieces, bringing together improvisation and unique performances for some exciting evenings.



Part 1 – Elliot Galvin, solo piano – improvisation set

Part 2 - Craig Taborn, solo piano – improvisation set

Auditorium Fondation Louis Vuitton


Elliot Galvin



'He reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s - great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humour. He’s the kind of artist  you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises.’ John Fordham


Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. 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, Ligetti, Deerhof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce. A regular collaborator with Laura Judd, he also plays in a free improve duo with Mark Sanders and leads his own band The Influencing Machine



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Craig Taborn



Composer/Pianist/Electronic Musican Craig Taborn was born and raised in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  While Studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to play in the illustrious Detroit jazz community performing and studying with such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Harold Mckinney, Francisco Mora, Rodney Whitaker, and Kenny Cox.


He has played and recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Tim Berne, Steve Coleman, Lester Bowie, Evan Parker, Bill Laswell, David Torn, Mat Maneri, James Carter, Marty Ehrlich, Chris Potter, Leroy Jenkins, Joe Maneri, Susie Ibarra, Carl Craig,  Bill Frisell, Drew Gress, David Binney, Dave Douglas, Lotte Anker, Gerald Cleaver, Adam Rogers, Hugh Ragin, Meat Beat Manifesto, Rudresh Manhattappa, Graham Haynes, and Rob Brown among others.


He is currently a member of Chris Potter’s Underground, Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory and Quintet, Tim Berne’s Hard Cell and Science Friction ensembles, Drew Gress’ 7 Black Butterflies, Gerald Cleaver’s Uncle June, Farmer's by Nature with William Parker and Cleaver, Anker/Taborn/Cleaver, David Binney’s Welcome to Life band and Quartet, and Susie Ibarra’s trio.


He was voted Best New jazz Talent in 2004 by Musica Jazz (Italy) and hailed as the « #1 rising Star Keyboardist » in the 55th and 56th Downbeat Critics poll.


Taborn currently leads a trio, the 5 piece Junk Magic, the Ancients and Moderns ensemble and is a member of progressive noise/punk band The Gang Font and does frequent solo performances on both acoustic piano and electronics.  He lives in Brooklyn.