Tuesday 27 August 2019, 7.30pm

Photo by Dawid Laskowski

Ilan Volkov / Charles Ross / Yoni Silver / Maayan Franco / Crystabel Riley + Ilan Volkov & Mark Harwood (DJ)

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OTO hosts a programme curated by conductor Ilan Volkov.


Charles Ross -in the nameless town-
-for Amos Tutuola-
for viola, flute and bass clarinet (UK premiere)

Charles Ross -newlyblind-
-for Yoni Silver-
for bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, piano, prepared violin, prepared guitar, whistle, stones and voice (world premiere)
With Charles Ross (viola), Maayan Franco (flute) and Yoni Silver (bass clarinet and more)


- Charles Ross / Yoni Silver / Maayan Franco / Ilan Volkov / Crystabel Riley (quintet)

Ilan Volkov and Mark Harwood will DJ classical music through the evening.

Ilan Volkov

Ilan Volkov, began his career as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, and was Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2009. Since then he has been the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. 

He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the world, including BBC Scottish, and his recordings have won critical acclaim as well as prestigious awards. Volkov is very active in the new music scene and has premiered many contemporary orchestral works, including compositions by Jonathan Harvey, Hans Abrahamsen, Unsuk Chin, Mark-Anthony Turnage and others. Ilan Volkov also works regularly with leading ensembles in modern music such as Ensemble Modern and Musik Fabrik. Volkov has curated various new music events in Israel over the last six years including Hafarot Seder and Hapzura. He has also collaborated with Iancu Dumitrescu, AMM, John Butcher, John Oswald, Zeena Parkins and John Zorn to mention a few. Volkov is a member of the improvisation trio Mines, an ensemble consisting of two violins and drums. 

Yoni Silver

Bass-clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist Yoni Silver’s activities include hyper-spectral adventures with Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble; a bass clarinet and percussion duo with Steve Noble; a bass clarinet/violin and possessed vocals duo with Sharon Gal; Denis D’or with Grundik Kasyansky and Tom Wheatley; bass clarinet and drums duo with Crystabel Riley, and solo performances on amplified bass clarinet.
He has appeared on labels such as Creative Sources, Confront Recordings, Wasted Capital, Chocolate Monk and Edition Modern.

Crystabel Riley

During the late noughties CRYSTABEL RILEY toured Japan and Europe using drums, electronics and make-up in power-noise trio Maria and the Mirrors. This was the start of her interest in patterns on skins — human and drum. An interest in dimensional patterns existing on (and off) different surfaces has continued to evolve through exploring the idea of 'care and uncare' of various skin surfaces. Crystabel has been a long-term collaborator with Sue Lynch who welcomed her into the Horse Improvised Music Club and later played in the London Improvisers Orchestra. She is currently working on the multi-format duo project @xcrswx with Seymour Wright and recently released a split vinyl with Lolina.

Charles Ross

Charles Ross (b.1965) is a British-born composer who has been living in the East of Iceland since 1986. He learnt composition with Frank Denyer and briefly with Morton Feldman. He currently holds a Ph.D in music composition from University of Glasgow.

As an artist, Charles has been strongly involved in the Icelandic experimental music scene: composition, improv, free-folk and contemporary performance. He has performed as an improviser with electric guitarists Fred Frith, Steven O´Malley and with Ilan Volkov´s improv band, “Mines”, also with Glasgow based improv ensembles “With Lumps” and the “Glasgow Improviser‘s Orchestra”.

Has had works performed by members of the Icelandic Symphony orchestra and the BBC Scottish Orchestra. His works have been broadcasted on Icelandic national radio (RUV) and BBC radio 3.

Since 2001, Charles has mostly written for his own “outsider” contemporary music band “Stelkur” and for the “Sandbox” comprov array which he has developed through collaborative performances with Ilan Volkov.

Charles is interested in real-time composing and exploring HOW we produce music, create new musicalities and how musicians interprate and utilise them in performance.

Maayan Franco

Maayan, born in Israel. flute player and conductor, an honorary graduate from "Thelma Yelin" school of music.

Since January 2017 Maayan is working as the assistant conductor for Maestro Ilan Volkov during which he has worked with highly respected orchestras, soloists and composers including Charles Ross, Iancu Dumitrescu, Christian Wolff, Christofer Fox, Hugues Dufourt, Gennifer Walshe, Casandra Miller, Olga Neuwirth and many more.

As a flute player Maayan played in many ensemble and orchestras in highly respected venues around the world. Maayan also took place in Tectonics Festival for new and experimental music in Tel Aviv and in Glasgow.