Magnetic Music


Info and background on Jøkleba .

Batagraf, Magnetic North Orchestra, Siwan and other projects by Jon Balke


Jøkleba at Bø Jazzclub 19 march
X3Mjazz  with Andreas Ulvo, Jon Balke and Åshild Vetrhus at Vossajazz festival 28 march
OBRA, stage performance with Bergen BigBand, Batagraf  and DNS, Bergen 28 may
Siwan sextet at Ritmo Della Citta in Milano 3rd june

This website contains information and media, covering orchestral creations by Jon Balke. Emerging from the groups of Radka Toneff, Arild Andersen, Eolen, Masqualero, Oslo 13  and other collective projects, Balke started exploring original orchestral concepts with the album Nonsentration (ECMrecords).  In 1992 he established the explosive Jøkleba trio with Audun Kleive and Per Jørgensen , and Magnetic North Orchestra, a 13 piece chamber-orchestral approach to improvised music . Magnetic North Orchestra was active until 2005,  touring the world  as a unit which included guests like Cikada string quartet, Marilyn Mazur, Rubem Dantas, and others. The music of MNO lives on in various collaboration projects like the  “Magnetic Book” project. In 2007 Balke created Siwan, another orchestral adventure, blending Baroque players  and musicians from arab traditions including Bjarte Eike, Mouna Boutchebak, Kheir Eddine M´Kachiche, and Pedram Khavar Zamini. Another orchestral adventure is Batagraf, a percussion based forum of players, working in various constellations including dance and poetry. An open  project which dives into creative  thinking about rhythm, language and electronics