Geir Lysne performs with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra in their ‘Afro Nordic’ project, featuring Jon Balke’s group ‘Batagraf’.

Geir has worked regularly with Aarhus Jazz Orchestras since 2000. AJO has official status as one of the main supported professional big band from Denmark, and since 1976 done a lot of productions with great success. Artistic director in AJO is now Lars Møller, one of the most profiled tenor players from Denmark.

AJO has the last year focused on different rhythmic aspects, including workshops with Geir and percussion player Helge Norbakken. AJO has invited Jon Balke and his drum group ‘Batagraf’ to this production, including Norbakken and Snorre Bjerck. Guest drummer in AJO this week is the great Danish drummer Jonas Johansson.

The ‘Afro Nordic’ project is a result of a very inspiring workshop in Gambia in January 2013. Geir visited master drummers of the Wollof tradition in the village Njawara, together with members of AJO, Balke, Norbakken, Bjerck and Johansson,


All music is composed by Lysne and Balke.


Concerts will take place in Denmark:

March 7th Aarhus Musikhus

March 8th Cafe Ørsted, Esbjerg

March 9th Copenhagen jazzhouse