Rob Banken is a Ghent-based alto saxophone player, composer and improviser. Combining the lyricism of jazz with the intensity and unpredictability of noise and free makes Rob a one of a kind musician. In addition to being a much sought-after sideman in groups like John Ghost, Bravo Big Band, Kleptomatics, Bardo and RaPiDMan his main focus is H A S T; a rockformation that intertwines noise with lush, minimal sounscapes.
Banken has had the opportunity to work and play across the globe with numerous renowned bands and musicians such as Flat Earth Society, Gary Smulyan, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Ernest Skömsvoll, John Ruocco, Michael Abene, vrwrk, Klas Lindquist, JMJ World Jazz Orchestra, Amaranthine and many more.
New single by John Ghost!!
Teaser for kleptomatics!
Full release on May 10.
I'll be playing some woodwinds on the upcoming amongster record! Stay tuned for more.
edit: A New Arrival is out now on V2 Records.
I'm happy to announce that I'm selected for the Sabam Young Jazz Talent Award 2018. Honored to be standing next to these guys!!
H A S T is selected as a laureate at Storm!. Come and join us for one hell of a triplebill at De Werf on October 27!
H A S T wins jazztract '17 on Gent Jazz Festival!!
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