Ilan Volkov - 16.2.17

Super brutal sounds from conductor Ilan Volkov from his support show here in February. Volkov's bow rasps and tears his un-tuned, un-tamed violin into fizzing electronic realms - sample moments of this you could be in power electronics world. Has the ingenuity and playfulness of early AMM, and the timbral breadth and simple gesticular approach of Billy Steiger or Ute Kangeisser. So often heard leading a group or improvising in one, this is a wonderful insight into Volkov's sheer joy and relentless drive to explore sound.


Ilan Volkov / violin



1. 9:46

2. 6:27

3. 9:08


Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Thursday 16th of February 2017. Mixed and mastered by James McMultitalented Dunn. 

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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.