Steinway Two Pianos Festival

Tom Cawley & Elliot Galvin / Ivo Neame & Alcyona Mick

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Last Show: Sunday 24 th March 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Tom Cawley is one of the country’s leading jazz pianists, is being joined by Elliot Galvin, one of the rising stars of UK jazz, a key member of Dinosaur, led by Laura Jurd. Followed by exquisit performance from Ivo Neame and Alycona Mick.



A former ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’, pianist Tom Cawley is one of the country’s leading jazz artists. His mature playing and fluent technique have made him the pianist of choice for many musicians, including Charlie Watts, Tim Garland, Dave O’Higgins, singers Gwyneth Herbert & Tammy Weis and saxophonist Pete Wareham’s award-winning “Acoustic Ladyland”. Tom’s trio, “Curios”, garnered a string of Awards and plaudits (“spellbinding” Independent, “dazzling” Jazz UK, “pioneering” Musician magazine), was the first band to be asked to perform at the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall, appeared on the “Culture Show”, made numerous live Radio 3 broadcasts and were featured on the covers of both Jazz UK and Jazzwise.

“Cawley…excellent, fluid, pianist with a deft touch and a superb improviser’s imagination.” Time Magazine


One of the rising stars of UK jazz, Elliot is a key member of Dinosaur, led by Laura Jurd. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, his maverick imagination and magpie-like ability to blend a disparate world of influences has seen him compared to Django Bates.

"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, The Guardian


Ivo Neame is an award-winning pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands, he is a vital cog in several of European jazz’s most forward-looking groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. He regularly performs at jazz festivals worldwide, collaborating with ensembles as diverse as the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the London Sinfonietta. Ivo discovered music at an early age by playing his parents’ piano, albeit with drum sticks. Ivo went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, and since leaving in 2003 he has performed and recorded with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as Julian Argüelles, Kenny Wheeler and Hermeto Pascoal. His fifth album under his own name “Moksha” was released on Edition Records in 2018.

“That Neame is one of the most interesting jazz pianists of his generation may be clear. That he is getting better and better is too. The 10 years of almost constant being on the road with bands has given him a prominent role in the front line of British jazz.” WRITTEN IN JAZZ.


Alcyona started playing piano at the age of three. She has been performing internationally for many years working regularly with Anglo/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas, and has performed extensively in France in recent years. She is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra, Tori Freestone/Alcyona Mick Duo, Eddie Parker's Debussy Mirrored ensemble,  Bachar Zarkan Ensemble, Josephine Davies’ ‘Orenda’ trio w Brigitte Beraha, Merit Ariane ‘Moonlarking’, Noel Langley’s ‘Edentide’, John Warren nonet, Paul Clarvis/Stuart Hall trio, Samy Bishai quartet. She has performed in Turkey for TRT music series with many Turkish artists, and worked with a wide array of other musicians including Yazz Ahmed, Mircan Kaya, Jerry Dammers Spatial aka Orchestra, Ibrahim Maalouf, Macadi Nahhas, Zoe Rahman and many more.

As a composer she has a Master's in Composing music for film from the National Film and Television school. She has written and produced music for many independent short films, documentaries, animation and silent cinema. She has released four albums: 'Around the Sun' (Audio-b) under her own name, 'Blink' (Loop) and 'Twice' (Babel) with Blink and guest cellist Vincent Courtois, and ‘Criss Cross’ with saxophonist Tori Freestone (Whirlwind Recordings). She also writes for the London Jazz Orchestra and an electronica project with violinist Samy Bishai.

“world class ingenuity” The Guardian