Magnetic Music/Batagraf

 
Info on Batagraf

Info on Batagraf

Batagraf is a percussion think tank, or a constellation of players that research the outer parameters of rhythmic music. Inspired by  techniques and traditions from west-african Wolof music, the group explores new polyphonic textures. The relation between language and rhythm is constantly being investigated in different collaborations, as with Sidsel Endresen , Jaap Blonk, the poet Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen, or the singers in Trondheim Voices.

Batagraf is centered around the collaboration between Helge Norbakken and Jon Balke Norbakken has developed his very personal approach to percussion, inspired by west-african traditions, but developed in a brilliant new direction in collaborations with artists like Mari Boine, Jon Hasell, Kari Bremnes etc.  Jon Balke, pianist, composer and conductor, has been a devoted  percussion player since the start of Eolén , an afro-fusion group from early 80´s.See the  upcoming page for upcoming Batagraf concerts. Musicians related to Batagraf are: Helge Norbakken,  Jon Balke,, Ingar Zach, Snorre Bjerck, Kenneth Ekornes Tor Haugerud, Gard Nilssen, Siv Øyunn Kjennstad , Emilie Christensen and more .PRATAGRAF is a side project, a collaboration with standup comedians Espen Beranek Holm and Are Kalvø. A hilariuos mix of news, media sounds and rythms. Very popular with norwegian audiences. BATABROK is another , including rapper Runar Gudnason (Side Brok ), Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen and Trond Augland.

Batagraf is reappeared in Bergen at Nattjazz 25 may in a special edition featuring Runar Gudnason voc (from Side Brok) Hedvig Mollestad guitar, Jon Balke keyboards, Helge Norbakken percussion Snorre Bjerck percussion and Trond Augland drums. A wild exploration into Batagrafs landscapes of language and rythm, in a more compact groove unit, coupled with Runar Gudnasons surrealist rap-poetry