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Olly Chalk Trio ft. John O'Gallagher

In 2016, Olly Chalk established his Trio with Sam Ingvorsen (bass) and Gwilym Jones (drums). Influenced by David Binney, Pablo Held and Einojuhani Rautaavara, the trio walks the high-wire between total freedom and detailed writing, juggling intricate, daring and emotive compositions with explosive improvising.

Olly’s writing often draws from techniques used in 20th century classical music. More recently, he has began to investigate methods used in traditional Japanese music and make connections to poetry and spoken word.

His latest project, Scathed Citizens, features world-renowned New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher alongside the Olly Chalk Trio. This new music explores a vivid picturebook of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety, dystopia and growing up in the peaceful Suffolk countryside.

Having received the Peter Whittingham Development Award in January 2018, the quartet’s six-date tour will culminate in a recording at Fieldgate Studios, Cardiff, which will later be released as an album.

This project is supported by Help Musicians UK.

Olly is without doubt one of the most gifted players of his generation. He has everything: sound, groove, vibe, detail, intellect, intention, invention, energy, delicacy...above all, he plays from the heart...listen to this cat!
Hans Koller

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