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Curios were described by Mojo as “the most formidable piano trio in the UK”. Since the release of the band’s debut album Hidden in February 2007, Curios have made a striking impact on the UK jazz scene.

Hailed as “triumphant” in Mojo, “spellbinding” in The Independent, “dazzling” in Jazz UK and “pioneering” in Musician magazine, the album was nominated in the BBC Jazz Awards, and reached the top 5 in both the HMV and the Radio 3 Jazz Charts. Curios have toured internationally since they formed, to rave reviews and have appeared live on radio sessions including Jazz On 3.

Formed in 2006 by pianist and composer Tom Cawley, the distinctive sound of Curios owes all to the group’s chemistry and the unrivalled interplay between the musicians. Drawing on romantic classical music as much as modern jazz, Cawley’s compositions are melodic, fiery, serene and intense. Live, the band covers the whole spectrum – at times delicate, at times wildly percussive; flashing from a whisper to a roar. Described in Time Out as “state-of-the-art piano trio music”.

“One of the most important new piano trios in the world” Jamie Cullum
“Cawley writes music with an emotional amplitude rare in jazz" The Times
"Three sharp musical minds in perfect accord" The Observer
“World-class” The Guardian

Curios are
Tom Cawley – piano,
Joshua Blackmore – drums
Sam Burgess – double bass

Tom Cawley is one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists. He has performed worldwide - in major clubs, venues and festivals – with some of the country’s leading artists, most notably Peter Gabriel, with whom he has also recorded two albums and a live DVD. As an artist in his own right he has performed, recorded and broadcast extensively over the last ten years.

As well as an award-winning pianist, Cawley is also a composer, bandleader and educator. As a freelance jazz piano player, Tom regularly leads the house band at Ronnie Scott's club, and he is also Professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music.

A high-achieving young player, Joshua began studing at Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with a 1st from the Royal Accadamy of Music in London.

In 2007 Joshua co-founded ‘Troyka’ with Chris Montague and Kit Downes, an ‘exciting new breed’ (Jazzwise Magazine 2012). Last year Troyka was employed as the central rhythm section in a larger ensemble TDE’s, for a Django Bates commission at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. which was recorded live for BBC Radio transmission. Their 2nd album, Moxxy, released June 2012 described by Time Out as “like King Crimson for the iPod generation.

Joshua has been a member of the band Aloosh since 2008, composing, recording and gigging in a genre of interesting popular culture. He has been the drummer with Sam Leak’s Aquarium since 2007, album release January 2013. He is the drummer for Floating Points, a hip-hop band led by DJ Sam Shepherd, awarded Best Track at the Giles Peterson World wide Awards and played at Montreux Festival. He has played with Corey Mwamba and Dave Kane since 2002, focusing on purely improvised music. He has just finished a series of concerts, as guest drummer, with the Aurora Orchestra in a commissioned piece by Chris Ellis, a collaboration with UK’s undefeated best break dancer.

Joshua plays across diverse styles, “very much the contemporary drummer, drawing on hip-hop and Drum ‘n Bass-type beats as easily as on more conventional jazz rhythms” Martin Longely, BBC .

Double bass player Sam Burgess is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as appearing on numerous film soundtracks such as 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and 'Hannibal'. Sam’s thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass lines have been heard accompanying the likes of Bob James, Billy Kilson, Gary Novak, Joe Lock, Dave Kekowski, Guy Barker, Dave O'Higgins, Pete King, Gareth Williams, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, John Horler, Gwyneth Herbert, John Dankworth, The BBC Big Band and Robbie Williams.

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