Olly Chalk – piano/compositions
John O’Gallagher – alto saxophone
Sam Ingvorsen – double bass
Gwilym Jones – drums
The Olly Chalk Trio walks the high-wire between total freedom and detailed writing, juggling intricate, daring and emotive compositions with explosive improvising. Olly’s writing draws from 20th Century Classical and traditional Japanese music and often make connections to poetry and spoken word.
After winning the Peter Whittingham Development Award in January 2018, the trio were joined in the studio by fiery New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher. The music from this new album: ‘Scathed Citizens’ explores a vivid picture-book of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety, dystopia and growing up in the peaceful Suffolk countryside. The Vortex is delighted to welcome the Olly Chalk Trio back to the Vortex after his dynamic performance for the Shape of Jazz To Come supported by the Dave Holland-Evan Parker Fund.
“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” – Hans Koller