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Jon Balke
Magnetic Works 1993-2001

Jon Balke piano, keyboards, percussion, electronics
Jens Petter Antonsen trumpet
Per Jørgensen trumpet, vocals
Arve Henriksen trumpet, vocals
Morten Halle alto saxophone, flute
Tore Brunborg tenor and soprano saxophones
Gertrud Økland violin
Henrik Hannisdal violin
Odd Hannisdal violin
Trond Villa viola
Marek Konstantynowicz viola
Jonas Franke-Blom violoncello
Svante Henryson violoncello
Morten Hannisdal violoncello
Anders Jormin double-bass
Marilyn Mazur percussion
Audun Kleive drums
 
CD 1
Departure
Changing Song
Flying Thing
Horizontal Song
Moving Carpet
Taraf
Shaded Place
Present Position
Solarized
Dark And Slow
In Degrees

CD 2
Curve
Circular
Vertical
Encoded
Elusive Song
In Vitro
Plica
Zygotos
Karyon
Mutatio
Katabolic
Kyanos

Recorded 1993, 1998 and 2001

ECM 2182_83
 
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This 2-CD anthology, assembled by Jon Balke, contains music from a trilogy of albums made in the period 1993 to 2001 by the Magnetic North Orchestra, drawing upon the same core of musicians, with Audun Kleive and Anders Jormin as the ensemble’s pulsating engine and Morten Halle, Per Jørgensen and, later, Arve Henriksen as the leading melodic improvising players. The integration of string players was a key element of the music, and the MNO worked with a high profiled line of musicians. Balke: “My agenda after leaving Oslo 13 was to work my way around the overwhelming big band sound as the defining characteristic of a large improvising ensemble. Inspired by Gil Evans, Claus Ogerman and Oum Khalsoum, I saw the possibility of blending my favourite musicians into a sound that could wrap itself around my compositional ideas.” The compilation includes music from Magnetic North’s ECM albums “Further” (1517) and “Kyanos” (1822) albums as well as nine tracks from the album “Solarized”, previously issued by Emarcy and long out-of-print.