Michel Banabila, 2016, Rotterdam

Festival 2018

Michel Banabila (NL)

Electronic, Ambient (OCCII Amsterdam December 8th)

Michel Banabila, born 1961, is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila has released music since 1983 and has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies. He has worked and performed in The Netherlands, Poland, Lebanon, UK, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain, China, USA and Belgium.

Banabila is especially keen on mixing disciplines and music styles, using elements and influences from jazz, electronic music, classical and world music. Therefore there is no particular genre to categorize Banabila’s music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and the internet. He has collaborated with many artists like Anton Goudsmit, Erkan Oğur, Hanyo van Oosterom, Holger Czukay, Joshua Samson, Machinefabriek, Mete Erker, Oene van Geel, Radboud Mens, Salar Asid, Sandhya Sanjana, Scanner, Yaşar Saka , Eric Vloeimans, and Zenial, among others.

His earliest ambient work has been given a lot of attention lately with beautiful reissue albums on labels like Bureau B and Séance Centre: https://www.seance-centre.com/michel-banabila/

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