Portrait of Steve taken at The Shakespeare Inn, Summer Row, Birmingham, November 2014.
“Steve is a very creative artist, a kind of 21st Century Renaissance Man. He’s also down to earth and direct. I wanted to capture this in my portrait. Hence the location and his direct gaze” – Garry Corbett.
Pianist and composer Steve Tromans has been an active member of the Birmingham music since the 1990s. He has given over 6,000 performances at a national and international level, in venues ranging from festival stages to the intimacy of small club spaces. In recent years, Tromans has been undertaking doctoral research in creative process in live music-making. He has released a total of 18 albums to date.
Steve recommends the following 5-a-day:
Ode to the Death of Jazz Edward Vesala’s Sound and Fury (ECM) – masterpiece of instrumental colour and ensemble restraint. Exceptional musicality.
Victor Jara – Chilean singer-songwriter. Heartbreaking intensity, just a voice and a guitar. But what a voice.
From Here to Eternity A novel by James Jones – Individual resoluteness in the face of inflexible authority. And the Riddle of the Sphinx refigured for our times.
Lonesome Dove – A classic Western movie of epic proportions. “Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit”.
Black Country Stout (Fixed Wheel Brewery) – It’s a winter thing.
Photo & words © Garry Corbett
- Steve Tromans is a featured soloist with Sid Peacock and Surge Orchestra at the mac, Birmingham, on Saturday 7 February. More here.