Europe/UK (Agent) Doris Vanistendael
M4 - Brussels (be) + Fly Pan Am
Leuven Jazz - Leuven (be)
Kaffee 't Hof - Middelburg (nl)
Afsnis - Ghent (be)
Amok @ De Snuffel - Brugge (be)
Muziekodroom - Hasselt (be) + ILA
Left Of The Dial - Rotterdam (nl)
Autumn Falls @ De Studio - Antwerpen (be) + Kris Dane, Crayon Sun
Minard - Gent (be)
Sugarbeat Festival - Bunsbeek (be)
Vrijstaat O. - Oostende (be)
Music City Hall - Brussels (be)
Het Ijle Land - Gent (be)
4AD - Diksmuide (be) + Efrim Manuel Menuck
Botanique - Brussels (be) + Efrim Manuel Menuck
La Zone - Liege (be) + Sunwatchers
Rockerill - Charleroi (be) + Cave
Ik Zie U Graag - Breda (nl)
VOLTA - Brussels (be)
Het Bos - Antwerpen (be) + The Oscillations
Archiduc - Brussels (be)
Le Brass - Brussels (be)
Illegaal Festival - Brussels (be)
Bààn is a Belgian instrumental duo initiated in Brussels in 2016 by Pascal N. Paulus (keyboards) and Jean-Philippe De Gheest (drums). They knit ambient, psych, jazz and rock into an intoxicating musical blanket that gently wraps around you and slowly lets you drift to a different universe. The duo started recording straight away, and released their debut album ‘bààn’ in 2017 (LP/digital). Followed by ‘Outtakes’ in 2019 (limited edition cassette/digital) and ‘RESET in 2020 (LP/Digital). They have a fourth album lined-up for 2021.
Pascal N. Paulus, aka Paulson, is known as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and producer of many projects such as Melanie De Biasio, La Jerôme, Kris Dane, etc. Jean-Philippe De Gheest has been collaborating for years with Mark Lanegan, American singer-songwriter and ex-member of Queens of the Stone Age. He also is a member of the impro-trio ‘Piloot’, with whom he works around instant sounds and grooves.
Both musicians are thoroughly influenced by jazz and its broad ramifications. Bààn also crosses over into psychedelic and trance music,resulting in ‘Pink Floydish’ and ambient soundscapes.
With photographer Maël Lagadec, they created two films based on their music, that sharply enhances their atmosphere. Check them out below.
Bààn’s strengths lies in building up tension and taking the listener/viewer on a journey to unexpected places. The first two albums, each consisted of only two long tracks – much like Brian Eno’s albums – opening space to dig in and let go. Despite the awareness that today’s main format still is a 3 minute track, they consider it a challenge, and you can expect the experience to last even longer when you get to see them live where they add improvisations, change songs, and link the tracks to one continuous set.