This album was largely recorded the two days after we climbed Gunung Agung, the 3,142m Volcano in Bali, Indonesia - an amazing experience that fuelled our creativity and destroyed our legs. The album cover is inspired by a photo taken as we approached the crater rim of Mt Agung.
Julian Banks Group is a collaboration between old a new friends with the latter being stellar Indonesian percussionist Cepi Kusmiadi on the Kendang Sunda - a traditional set of two-headed Indonesian drums
Kusmiadi’s bubbling magic on this beautiful traditional Indonesian instrument creates the perfect bed for the modern grooves and melodic sensibilities of these tunes. We first started playing together at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival in 2015, and have made it a yearly endeavour to get together in Bali and make music... hopefully more recordings will follow!
Hope you enjoy the music :)
released July 21, 2017
"As well" is dedicated to my Mum, Helen.
Julian Banks - Tenor Saxophone
James Gilligan - Bass Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
James Hauptmann, Drum Kit and Percussion
Cepi Kusmiadi, Kendang Sunda and Percussion
All tracks composed by Julian Banks except Eulogy For A Friend by Sandy Evans.
Recorded 17-18 August '16 at Antida Studios, Denpasar, indonesia.
Mixed by James Gilligan, Mastered by Lachlan Carrick, Photo by Sabine Legrand, Album artwork by Lyndsey Knight.
Special thanks go to Sandy Evans for letting me record her beautiful tune "Eulogy For A Friend".
And many thanks to all the "Pozible" contributors that made this recording possible, you are: Lucian McGuiness, Jen Dearn, Arron Light, Erica Tucker, Sage Williams, Jonathan Skovron, Terry and Susan O'Brien, Susan Marie Jude, Robyn and Paul Brasher, John and Suzie Dearn, Anil Lambert, Anouk Siruede, Rachel Wilson, Lyn Spiteri, Stephane Chappaz, Josh Smith, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Dorian Broomhall, Dave Hynes, Evan Mannell, Dan Banks, Louisa Rankin, Julien Wilson, Sophie Banks Cheryl and Phil Williams and Jackie Shann.
Julian Banks is a saxophone player living in Melbourne Australia. As well a performing in different groups around Melbourne
Julian also writes for his own project - and has released two recordings 'Julian Banks Trio' (2014) and 'Julian Banks Group | AGUNG' (2017)...more