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Michel Banabila / Press

“He is a man of many genres, or perhaps more correctly, he is trans-genre, for there seems to be no particular base from which he prefers to work. He just composes. And collaborates eagerly, to the listener´s delight.”

“It’s quite hard to find the right stage for his work, because it often simply “does not fit the format”. But – as he has always done – Banabila chooses to do what he feels that must be done. Not just simply what might be expected. No compromise !”

“The humility of each performer is apparent, as composition, improvisation, and shaping duties shift from song to song, man to man: a fluid trade that yields far greater dividends.”

“It's wonderfully reassuring to see mature artists not just continuing, but releasing music of quality and creativity that exceeds their previously excellent work.”

“There's a deeply meditative feel to much of the music here, making 'Travelog' one of the most cohesive yet hard to categorise headphone soundtracks I've heard for a while.”

“De abstractie en de menselijke expressie tillen elkaar naar een hoger niveau. Een geslaagde combinatie van evocatieve soundscapes en sterke improvisatie is vrij zeldzaam. De Rotterdamse geluidskunstenaar Banabila en Turks-Nederlandse rietblazer Erker komen op deze cd soms dicht in de buurt.”

“A rich sci-fi soundtrack for primitive living !”

“Banabila has created a backing track for everyday life. It is moody and low and it hardly ever fails to satisfy.”

“Mainly, sounds are used to create "words" of sound that speak in the language in which we hear. There is a world flavor, a little "trip-hop" label floating around, and one visionary artist behind every moving track. Creepy, loungy, jazzy, sexy, mysterious, fun, and artsy, this is for anyone who's bored with their current musical interests. Learn a new language with Banabila, the language of sound”

“He assembles humorously upbeat, almost poppy structures that seem all the more accessible for the sampled blurts. Even his slower tunes are punctuated by smile-inducing processed vocals.”

“Banabila is a musician working across a range of genres. Two recent collaborative releases give an impression of the breadth of his work: “Music for viola and electronics II” with Oene van Geel is an expansive, stylistically omnivorous affair, while “Error Log” with Machinefabriek is altogether more focused. The influence of acousmatic approaches to composition makes its presence felt on both albums.”