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Jon Balke

Jon Balke (1955) was born in Furnes, Norway, and has been a professional musician since 1974. Balke has no formal education in music or composition and has mainly worked within the realm of improvised music. His main instrument has been the piano and this has lead, in time, to the use of electronic keyboards. He began composing for larger ensembles in 1982, first and foremost for Oslo 13, a 'small' big band, and has since composed works for the theatre and various chamber ensembles, in addition to big bands and jazz ensembles. Balke's activities in music have always been two-fold. On the one hand, there is a search for maximum spontaneity through the establishing of orchestras which are increasingly based on pure improvisation; a development that has culminated in his very successful trio with Audun Kleive and Per Jørgensen (keys, percussion, and trumpet)

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Claudio Vignali: Rach Mode On

Read "Rach Mode On" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Dopo l'ottimo esordio di Indu Juggernaut e gli interessanti dischi collaborativi del 2016 Now and Then e Revert, Claudio Vignali prosegue il suo appassionante viaggio alla ricerca di territori sonori inesplorati tornando in studio di registrazione insieme a Daniele Principato, con il quale ha intrapreso fino dal 2012 un percorso di integrazione fra strumenti acustici ed ...

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Alessandro Giachero: consapevolezza e ricerca

Read "Alessandro Giachero: consapevolezza e ricerca" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Pianista, compositore, improvvisatore, didatta, Alessandro Giachero è tra i musicisti più interessanti e originali del nostro Paese. Dopo aver assistito a un suo splendido concerto per piano solo e in occasione dell'uscita del primo disco della sua più recente formazione, l'ensemble Sonoria, lo abbiamo intervistato per conoscere meglio il suo percorso artistico e il suo modo ...

Recollections of an Oslo experience

Read "Recollections of an Oslo experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Oslo has its week-long Jazz Festival taking place in mid-August at Sentralen and various locations from bar to church to opera house and university auditorium in the Norwegian capital. This already indicates something of the variety of the presented music. This year's edition has been the last one under the thirteen-year aegis of bassist and festival ...

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Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

Read "Sun Sparkle" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Norwegian guitarist Thomas Dahl's primary project is the Skydive Trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuouri. The trio is an off-shoot of a quintet of the same name that includes tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg and pianist Alexi Tuomarila. Sun Sparkle is the second release from the smaller group whose sound, like the album title, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mathias Eick: Ravensburg

Read "Ravensburg" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo il viaggio in una memoria immaginaria del precedente Midwest, ritratto di un Canada che gli ricordava la natia Norvegia, Mathias Eick passa a una memoria vissuta, legata all'infanzia e ai legami affettivi, raccolta in un lavoro che doveva chiamarsi Family come la traccia che lo apre e che poi ha preso il nome dalla città ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali

Read "Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Un'annata buona, caratterizzata da alcuni graditi ritorni fuori dai canonici confini del jazz: Arto Lindsay, a tredici anni dal precedente «Salt», Jon Balke, con il secondo capitolo dedicato alla musica arabo andalusa di «Siwan», e in ultimo (ma non per importanza) John Lurie, che dopo diciassette anni di oblio forzato è tornato a farci visita nei ...

Nahnou Houm

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Duda; Desmayar Se; Castigo; Del Rey; Ma Kontou; Nahnou Houm; ZemZemeh; Aun Bebiendo; Arco y Flecha; Sin Nada Querer; Itimad.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...


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