Jon Balke , pianist, keyboardplayer, composer, arranger, percussionist, has been professionally active active since 1974, when he joined Arild Andersens group in a studio session for the German ECM label. Since then his musical life has moved through several stages. He has been co-leader or leader of several groups in Scandinavia, E’Olen, Surdu, Masqualero and Siwan among others.
He has also created compositional works for a vast variety of ensembles
and projects like ballets, theatre plays, symphony orchestras, singers, and jazz ensembles. He has collaborated with visual artists like Kjell Bjorgeengen, Tone Myskja, choreographers Francesco Scavetta and Giorgio Rossi etc.
His history as musician also include accompanying singers like
Radka Toneff, Sidsel Endresen, Anne Li Drecker, Karin Krogh, and Trine Lise Vaering, as well as live and studio sessions with people like
Archie Shepp, John Surman, Airto Moreira/Flora Purim, Michael Urbaniak, Enrico Rava, George Russel, Paolo Fresu,Nguyen Le, Marilyn Mazur, etc.