“Jøkleba!” : Per Jørgensen, Jon Balke and Audun Kleive.
The group formed in 1990, and quickly established itself as one of the most exciting and unpredictable groups on the Scandinavian scene. Jøkleba uses composed material integrated in improvisational methods in a manner that creates a music that is totally unrestricted, and can move anywhere from melodic to textural, rythmic to arythmic, abstract to concrete, yellow to red, cold to warm. Jøkleba took a “time out” in 2005 and reemerged spring 2011 at Vossajazz timed with the release of double CD Jøkleba/Nu Jøk ?
PER JØRGENSEN – Trumpet, Vocal, PercUssion, Flutes etc.- born 9 sept 1952
A highly valued musician,wherever he participates. A musical magician,whose use of his different talents enchants his audience whenever he performs. Has performed much with Scandinavian musicians like Pierre Dorge, Marilyn Mazur, Anders Jormin as well as with Michael Mantler and Jack Bruce
AUDUN KLEIVE – Percussion, – born 20 october 1961
Quickly established himself as one of Scandinavias top drummers,and has placed his clear mark on the sound of groups like Terje Rypdals Chasers, Oslo 13, Marilyn Mazurs Future Song, Charles Lloyd group etc.From 1999 leads his own group “Bitt”and “GeneratorX”
JON BALKE – Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, – born 7 june 1955
Composer, pianist and bandleader in a long series of central Norwegian and Scandinavian groups throughout the 70’s and 80’s.
Has released “Nonsentration” ,”Further” and “Kyanos” on ECM records, and is also the leader of MAGNETIC NORTH ORCHESTRA, now an 8 piece ensemble that has performed on numerous European festivals since 1993, as well as in USA and Japan.Also founder of the percussion ensemble Batagraf, which has released “Statements” and “Say and play” on ECM. In 2007 he founded “Siwan” a cross-cultural ensemble with musicians from the Arab world and baroque players from Europe
Jøkleba has released three CD’s on Norwegian labels:
“On and On” 1991 Odin Records NJ-4034-2
“Jokleba!” 1993 Norsk Plateproduksjon IDCD 32
“Jokleba! Live!” 1995 on Curling Legs prod.,C.L.P.CD 22,
plus the 2 cd set “JØKLEBA!/NU JØK?” on Universal records released may 2011.