olly chalk trio

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 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 New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher following a UK tour. The music from this album: ‘Scathed Citizens’ (due for release in Summer 2019) explores a vivid picture-book of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety, dystopia and growing up in the peaceful Suffolk countryside.