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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, LG Jazz Collective, Kleptomatics 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 Gary Smulyan, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Ernest Skömsvoll, John Ruocco, Michael Abene, vrwrk, Klas Lindquist, JMJ World Jazz Orchestra, Amaranthine and many more.

news

---------- 2017.4.14

Bravo big band released its debut album: Another Story. Great artwork by Mireille Robbe released on Soulfactory Records. You can check some tunes on our soundcloud. Check the calender for upcoming concerts!

---------- 2017.4.3

hi y'all!

I'm happy to show you my new website. Visit this page to stay informed 'bout recordings, concerts, upcoming releases and other goodies. x

---------- 2017.5.20

Check out the music by John Ghost. Artwork by Sammy Slabbinck, released on Consouling Sounds. Cd and limited vinyl available.

---------- 2017.5.4

Check out canvas and StuBru this week. I'll be joining the Belgian/English electro-pop band Vuurwerk for two shows.

Edit: watch the StuBru session and Canvas session

---------- 2018.04.10

Today Bardo releases it's first record!!! Contact me to get your copy.

---------- 2018.05.10

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!!

---------- 2017.8.14

H A S T wins jazztract '17 on Gent Jazz Festival!!

---------- 2017.10.02

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!

---------- 2018.01.12

Bravo big band released its 2nd cd "Rendez-vous à l'Ovyne" in Studio de l'Ermitage - Paris with French sing Loïs Le Van. Order a copy here. Released on Cristal Records.

---------- 2018.01.19

First release concert with LG Jazz Collective! Check the calender page for all upcoming concerts. Order your copy of "Strange Deal" here. Released on Igloo Records.

---------- 2017.7.02

An interview I did for Belgian magazine jazzmozaïek, written by Evelien De Jaeger.