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Jon Balke 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 Jøkleba with Audun Kleive and Per Jørgensen (keys, percussion, and trumpet)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases And Anthony Braxton Live

Read "New Releases And Anthony Braxton Live" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show the best of recent jazz releases from around the world and a classic live track from Anthony Braxton. Featuring brand new music from George Crotty Trio, Doug Webb, Daniel Carter and The Telepathic Band, Jon Balke Siwan, Queen Kong, Artur Tuznik Sextet, Pasquale Stafano Trio, Carole Nelson Trio, David Murray Brave New World ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Manel Fortià, Marco Cappelli, Louis Matute, Hans Lüdemann & More New Releases

Read "Manel Fortià, Marco Cappelli, Louis Matute, Hans Lüdemann & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This set is dedicated to the proposition that when you leave it to jazz musicians, cultural differences bring people together, not apart. These projects mix cultural traditions, or music-making understandings, to generate a “folklore without borders." Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Louis Matute ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

Read "Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...

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Article: Album Review

Dominik Wania: Lonely Shadows

Read "Lonely Shadows" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert (1975) may still be regarded as the undisputed milestone in ECM's rich history of solo piano recordings. But that doesn't mean that other landmark albums such as Paul Bley's Open, To Love (1973), Richie Beirach's Hubris (1973) or later releases like Stefano Bollani's Piano Solo (2005) and Marilyn Crispell's Vignettes (2007)—among ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi

Read "Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Non capita spesso di potersi confrontare con musicisti dal profondo livello culturale e dalla caratura internazionale di Alessandro Sgobbio. A pochi mesi dall'uscita di Transparence, disco d'esordio del quartetto Hitra, abbiamo avuto la fortuna di poter discutere con il pianista di origini pugliesi dei temi e delle idee all'origine dei suoi progetti passati, presenti e futuri, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

A Musical Tryptich: Between Jazz, Folklore And Song

Read "A Musical Tryptich: Between Jazz, Folklore And Song" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The three albums below come from international European groups (among them one with a substantial Asian infusion) who recognize no boundaries in music nor borders between nations. Taking a variety of musical idioms and traditions and turning them into something new, each musician here is inspired by the lack of musical limitations that allows them to ...

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Article: Unsung Heroes

In memoriam: Alessandro Giachero

Read "In memoriam: Alessandro Giachero" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli


Only with a very heavy heart one can write an obituary for a young friend and great musician who left this world suddenly, prematurely and unjustly, leaving his colleagues and pupils, but above all his family, in mourning. It will hopefully be useful to leave a trace of his musical contributions and a lead for future ...

Article: Album Review

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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Article: Interview

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 ...


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