It took a pandemic, but Banood reunited in full, for the first time in years.
Mark Sander played a singer/songwriter showcase at the The Bourbon Room in St Albert on June 29, 2016. Accompanied by Pat Strain (12-string electric), and Matt Robertson (bass), Mark played a selection of his catalog of original songs. While some of the songs are classics from Cone of Silence, a few new songs were performed in public for the first time. Mark reports that the new songs will appear on an upcoming release.
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Banood saxophone player Scott Marshall has been busy working with his quartet. His latest CD is the fourth by this Toronto-based saxophonist and composer.
Nihahi Ridge features ten Marshall originals.
The CD showcases the talents of his quartet, who effortlessly interpret Marshall’s compositions. It’s clear that the ensemble has been together a long time. The band is tight and full of musical conversation. Flowing beautifully through bright intense swing tunes, funky soulful songs, longing sentimental ballads, moody atmospheres, and a traditional Scottish melody the CD will delight all who hear it. This is one CD with a subtle groove from beginning to end!
GeL is (Banood drummer) Ashwin Sood’s latest musical project. Working with partners Roberta Carter Harrison and Ken Harrison they have released a new self-titled EP.
Roberta and Ken are the founding members of Wild Strawberries. Ashwin has worked with Wild Strawberries before, appearing on their prior albums.
Members of Banood reunited briefly in Calgary this week. The reunion was a multi-day fesival that began with an almost-sold-out concert at the Sir Winston Churchill High School Team Teaching Theatre. The concert, known as “TTT3”, was widely regarded as “the best performance of Banood since TTT2.” The week-long festival of peace and love included a private screening of the “Fighting in Sunshine” movie, a dinner gathering and an evening of wine-tasting. When asked if this was the final reunion of Banood, band member Henry Bland commented, “I think we all ate and drank a little too much. It’s probably a good idea for us to digest a little before doing this again.”