St Christopher

Event 12
Saturday October 16th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Tom Cawley's Jazz Trio

This is an archived event from the 2010 Programme.

Tom Cawley piano, Sam Burgess double bass, Joshua Blackmore drums

Tom Cawley's trio, Curios has made quite an impact on the jazz scene - they won ‘Best Band' at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, and the critics have heaped praise on them: "The most formidable piano trio in the UK" (Mojo), "Spellbinding" (Independent), "Dazzling" (Jazz UK), "Serious fast-laners" (BBC Music), "One of the most important new piano trios in the world" (Jamie Cullum), "World-class" (The Guardian), "A must-see piano trio" (Chris Parker).

Cawley's remarkable talents as pianist and composer were obvious from the outset. His compositions are melodic, fiery, serene and intense, drawing on romantic classical music as much as modern jazz. The band covers the whole spectrum - at times delicate, at times wildly percussive; flashing from a whisper to a roar. "Cawley writes music with an emotional amplitude rare in jazz" (The Times)

It's a tight partnership - their empathy and interplay create a chemistry that colours the group's distinctive sound. "Three sharp musical minds in perfect accord" (The Observer)

Tom Cawley has made two previous visits to Little Missenden, once with a trio (same bassist, different drummer), and once with Christian Garrick. He set up Curios in 2006, and they have three highly-regarded albums to their credit: Hidden, Closer and The Other Place.

"Cawley's compositions are fresh-sounding, vibrant and pleasingly varied, but it is the sheer energy and snap of their interpretations that consistently impresses on this gripping, imaginative album" (Vortex Jazz)

"Brims with confidence, accomplishment and no little flair" (Jazzwise)

"By turns serenely meditative and turbulently edgy, the group's music explores both the jazz tradition and the idiom's outer edges" (Record Collector)

 For more information on Tom Cawley, click here. For information on Curios, click here and here.