Ilan Volkov directs the Bucharest based chamber group Hyperion Ensemble merging the history of Romanian music with moder avant-garde music, here performing the music of Ana-Maria Avram & Iancu Dumitrescu with guest guitarist Stephan O'Malley.
Volkov, Ilan conducts Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu
Hyperion International Ensemble
Label: Edition Modern
Released in: Romania
"Hyperion Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble based in Bucharest, founded in 1976 by composer Iancu Dumitrescu As a starting point, Hyperion explored possible connections between the most archaic Romanian music - Byzantine music, folk music collected by Bartok, etc. - and today's avant-garde music. Over decades of work the group evolved a playing tradition which allowed it to change players whilst remaining fundamentally intact. Actually the core of the ensemble is formed by internationally renewed artists from Romania, Israel, UK, USA, France... It is a tradition of performance, of interpreting each new score as a provocation of the spirit, and a quest for new domains of sound.
Aesthetically, at the heart of this work is the notion of spectrality as it developed in the work of Dumitrescu, Avram and other composers - that is: a specifically transformational spectrality, as opposed to the structural spectrality of the French Itinéraire Group. Hyperion has performed all over Europe and USA, and recorded numerous LPs and over 35 Compact Discs and DVDs."
"Born in Israel in 1976, Ilan Volkov began his conducting career at the age of 19. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and subsequently became its Principal Guest Conductor in 2009. He took up his current appointment as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2011/12 season.
Ilan Volkov's arrival in Iceland coincided with the opening of Harpa, Reykjavík's visually striking new concert hall. In March 2012 he curated and directed a three-day festival of contemporary music, 'Tectonics', celebrating the centenary year of John Cage. This combined contemporary classicalmusic with other new music genres, such as improvisation, electronics and rock. This year, 'Tectonics' will take place in both Reykjavík and Glasgow, featuring the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and BBC SSO respectively.
A frequent guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Ilan Volkov works regularly with a wide range of ensembles, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Oslo Philharmonic, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg and Ensemble Modern.
His many recordings with the BBC SSO include two CDs of Stravinsky's ballet scores, a Gramophone Award-winning disc of Britten's complete works for piano and orchestra with Steven Osborne, and a survey of Liszt's three Funeral Odes. His CD of works by Jonathan Harvey, Body Mandala, received a Gramophone Award in 2008, and the release of Harvey's Speakings won the Monaco Prize and the Prix Caecilia de l'Union de la Presse Musicale Belge in 2001.
Ilan Volkov is one of the guiding forces behind Levontin 7. This performance venue, among the most adventurous in Tel Aviv, brings together diverse genres, including classical, jazz, electronic and rock music. The enterprise reflects his determination to keep alive the creative spirit and sense of artistic adventure that shaped so many works composed during the opening decades of the lastcentury."-http://www.festivalenescu.ro/en/artists/ilan-volkov
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"Born in Israel in September 1976, Ilan Volkov began his conducting career at the age of nineteen. Following studies at London's Royal College of Music, he secured positions as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony. In 2003 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became its Principal Guest Conductor in 2009.
Between 2011 and 2014 he held the post of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Volkov's arrival coincided with the opening of Harpa, Reykjavík's visually striking new concert hall. During his tenure in Iceland, he created the Tectonics Festival, which features programmes of classical modern music combined with other new music genres such as improvisation, electronics and rock. Since then, Tectonics has expanded around the world with residencies in cities like Glasgow, Adelaide, Oslo, New York and Tel Aviv."-MaestroArts (http://maestroarts.com/artists/ilan-volkov)
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Yoni Silvers plays the bass clarinet (extended/constricted/strangulated), as well as alto sax, violin, piano, voice, some computer fiddlings and some general fiddlings. Improvisation, composition, performance, and much in-between.
These are some of the combos I am a part of these days:
- Hyperion Ensemble, led by Rumanian Hyper-Spectralist composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram.
- Denis D'or, with Grundik Kasyansky on electronics and Tom Wheatley on double bass
- Trio with Mark Sanders on drums and Tom Wheatley on double bass
- Duo with Steve Noble
I also play or have played with people such as Jean Claude Jones, Harold Rubin, Steve Noble, Eddie Prevost, Angharad Davies, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley, Eran Sachs, Alex Drool, Maya Dunietz, Wolfgang Fuchs, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ghédalia Tazartès, Ehran Elisha, Alex Ward, Sharon Gal, Mark Sanders, Günter Baby Sommer, Eyal Maoz, Daniel Davidovsky, Ofer Bymel, Damon Smith, Birgit Ulher, Fritz Welch, Daysuke Takaoka, Neil Davidson, Tim Hodgkinson, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Seymour Wright, Catherine Lamb, Hannes Lingens, Tom Wheatley, Dylan Nyoukis, Yonatan Avishai, Steve Beresford, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, London Improvisers Orchestra, Thanos Chrysakis, Mazen Kerbaj, Heiner Metzger, Ute Kanngiesser, Dominic Lash, Ariel Shibolet, Eivind Lønning, Sophie Angel, Grundik Kasyansky, Konzert Minimal, Crank Sturgeon...
I've composed and arranged music for film directors Avi Mograbi ('Z-32'), and Josef Pitchhadze ('Year Zero'); theatre director Ariel Efraim Ashbel (The Empire Strikes Back); artists Alona Rodeh ('Over and Above') and Gilad Ratman ('The Workshop' for Venice Biennale 2013); and poets/spoken-word-artists Roman Baembaev and Pyotr Shmugliakov. Also did arrangements for singer-Israeli songwriters Rona Kenan, Shlomi Shaban, and others have been played by ensembles such as the Israeli Philharmonic and Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, and been a member of the Israeli rock band Habiluim and metal/circus-core band Midnight Peacocks.
I've also composed pieces for ensembles such as the Israeli Contemporary Players, and numerous ad-hoc ensembles."-Yoni Silvers Website (https://yonisilver.wordpress.com/info-2/)
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Recorded live at the George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, Romania on September 15th, 2013 by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation.
Hyperion International Ensemble
Stephan O'Malley-electric guitar
Guillaume Ollendorff-electric guitar
Tim Hodgekinson-bass clarinet
Yoni Silver-bass clarinet
Andrei kivu-cello, flute, trumpet, tuba
Eran Sachs-no-input mixer
Adam Scheflan-double bass
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2. "Spacetime-Symmetry" 16:28
3. "Utopias" (I) And (II) 15:39
4. "Early, Before All Times" (II) 19:22