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News & Updates

27th september Siwan at Festival of Mystic Music in Konya , Turkey

9th october performance in Munich of “A world of daughters” a new composition by Jon Balke for Munchen Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Voices

12th October “Warp” Jon Balke solo in the caves on Lanzarote , Spain at the Festival of Visual Music. Video imagery by Tone Myskja.

19th October Batagraf special edition with Trygve Seim and Emilie Christensen at Skopje Jazz festival in Makedonia

21 october to 4th nov Pratagraf (Batagraf with Espen Beranek Holm and Are Kalvø) tour of Norway

mid november Jon Balke leads upstart of West Norway large ensemble, initiated by Vest Norsk Jazzsenter

29th november Jaga Jazzist performs Jon Balke and Ståle Storøkken´s comissions at Parkteateret.


Batagraf is an open project with various collaborations. The core group is Helge Andreas Norbakken, Snorre Bjerck and Jon Balke. From this central unit, we collaborate along the lines of interplay between language and rhythm, with poets, standup comedians, singers and instrumentalists


images by Helge Andreas Norbakken



SIWAN is a musical fantasy, born in the aftermaths of the invasion of Iraq. Contrary to the ideology of cultural and religious confrontation and agression, Siwan is all about co-existence. Departing from Jon Balkes composistions over the poetry of Al-Andalus, the orchestra weaves lines of communication between master musicians from Iran, Algeria, Turkey, USA and Europe.




JØKLEBA is a trio with Audun Kleive, Per Jørgensen and Jon Balke. Formed in 1990 the trio quickly became a central voice in Scandinavian jazz, with a fresh approach to improvisation and musical energy. Jøkleba does only a few selected performances now, such as the Extremjazz 2017 in the waterfall of Skjervet near Voss



is a live concert concept with Jon Balke performing solo with a carefully created sound architectural landscape projected around the audience. Next Warp is in the cave Jameos del Agua , Lanzarote on the 12 october.


from recording of new album in Lugano, Switzerland 2 november 2018

from recording of new album in Lugano, Switzerland 2 november 2018



Jon Balke has been involved in a long series of stage productions and installations where the border between composition and sound design is blurred or non-existing. The latest co-production with Bjarte Eike at The Norwegian Opera in the Baroque Movements ballet evening, established the name EiBa as a unit that investigates a new territory merging baroque and renaissance music with electronics and triggered the development of a new software: Multitonar, a 8 channel randomizer of pitch and delay. Upcoming productions is the 4 corridor installations at Lillehammer Kunstmuseum (november) and installations for the listening theatre of Fattigfolk (Poor People) at Peder Balke senteret in Toten, Norway (october).

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Delights of Decay

by Batagraf with guests

Batagraf´s latest on Jazzland records

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