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  2004

may  

13
toby marks will be dj'ing for the adil ray show on the bbc asian network on may 14 from 11pm (gmt). it should be available on satellite tv and the internet. toby will also be interviewed this saturday for hfm local radio in south leicestershire, u.k.. it should go to air one thursday in june between 10pm and midnight (gmt) as part of the lead up to the glastonbury festival. thanks to terry hawke for the latter information.

on the topic of glastonbury, banco de gaia will play this year's festival on june 26. their current live set is video-based so bound to be both an audio and visual treat! they are playing many gigs in the u.k. for the rest of this month, then a gig in russia and hungary in june before glastonbury. then it's off to the czech republic, belgium, and back to hungary in july. refer to banco's official site for all dates. 

on the music front, toby banks has teamed up with jamie hickey under the disco gecko moniker to do a cover of the art of noise's snapshot for a forthcoming compilation the abduction of the art of noise on irislight records.

march  

30
this site is back online after a little/long siesta! thanks for re-joining the party!

  2003

october  

18
banco de gaia's next studio album is nearing completion, with a new single due in february 2004 and the album in spring (northern hemisphere). expect no surprises (which is a good thing!).

toby's regular dj gig at ocean in london starts on october 31. also playing on this date will be simon emmerson of afro-celt sound system and temple hedz. he will then dj at sona in montreal, canada on november 29 before doing a full live show, complete with new visuals, at phoenix in exeter, uk on december 13. want to celebrate the new year with banco? no problem - he'll be doing a live set at the immortal whirl-y-gig on december 31 in london. no visuals for that one.

september  

22
banco de gaia's live dates on the 19th and 27th have been cancelled.

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banco de gaia is currently working on a new studio album and doing some dj dates, mostly in north america. you can find him on the 19th (mexico city, mexico), 21st (san francisco, u.s.a.), 23rd (portland, u.s.a.), 25rd (vancouver, canada), 26rd (seattle, u.s.a.), and 27th (montreal, canada). who knows, even jennifer folker may appear in portland and/or seattle!

banco de gaia is also set to do a regular dj gig at ocean in london every 2 months from october 31.

march  

12
banco de gaia's next release, 10 years remixed, can now be pre-ordered at amazon in the u.k..

february  

15
banco de gaia's next release, an as yet untitled remix compilation, is due for release in the u.k. only on april 14. all remixes are new, and cover banco de gaia's entire career. a track listing is in the discography.

re-releases of big men cry and live at glastonbury are now also available. big men cry can be ordered at amazon in the u.k, and amazon in the u.s.. live at glastonbury can be ordered at amazon in the u.k, and amazon in the u.s.

  2002

october  

07
banco de gaia's latest release, the compilation 10 years, is now out world-wide. reflecting on the last 10 years it is mixed by banco de gaia and can be ordered at amazon in the u.k, and amazon or cd now in the u.s.

this is also a great opportunity to see banco de gaia live in the u.k. or dj'ing in the u.s.. they have already played portsmouth, glastonbury, and london and will soon play other u.k. shows in salisbury (oct 10th), derby (13th), northampton (17th), kendel (18th), and manchester (19th). my review of the london gig is in the reviews section.

in the u.s. toby plays seattle (24th), portland (26th), san francisco (30th), santa monica (31st), colorado springs (nov 1st), san diego (2nd), los angeles (5th), and detroit (6th). further dates to be confirmed.

also planned for banco de gaia is a double cd of new remixes to be released in early 2003. remixers will include transglobal underground, asian dub foundtain, afro-celt sound system, and dreadzone.

august  

13
banco de gaia's next release, the compilation 10 years, will be out in the u.k. on september 16 and in other european countries and the u.s. on september 17. you can pre-order at amazon uk. with special thanks to banco de gaia, i also have a signed copy to give away in a special competition. entries close august 31. 

june  

30
banco de gaia's next release, the compilation 10 years, has been finalised with a handful of promos being released. one has unfortunately popped up on ebay, much to banco de gaia's grief, but which has allowed the track listing to be leaked. it is in the discography. i hope to get my hands on a copy soon and will give thoughts on it as soon as possible.

may  

20
the site has been totally re-designed to look a lot more 21st century! all the old content still exists, with things like the discography having more and larger covers to look at. the frequently asked questions (faq) document has been added, as have ads and pictures of banco de gaia. enjoy!

march  

28
confirmation has now come from banco de gaia that the first two studio albums, maya, and last train to lhasa, will be out in the u.s. on may 14, and in europe on May 20. they will be available on cd only, and it is expected that it will be the 2cd version of last train to lhasa and not the limited edition 3cd version. live at glastonbury and big men cry will be available via mail order on the official site next week, with a store release later in 2002. people looking for vinyl versions of the old albums may also have luck at the official site.

the compilation of ten years of banco de gaia's work is ongoing, and is now due for release in September. i can reveal that one of the cds will be uptempo, and the other downtempo. the compilation will be mixed and feature a collection of album material, rare remixes, and obscure tracks. Some material from before maya is possible.

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the long-running battle for banco de daia to regain rights to albums already released on another record label appear to be drawing to an end. despite many rumours in the past, a good source tells me that may 2001 could finally see his previous material ready for distribution. stay tuned!

banco de gaia has also announced that a double cd compilation is due in the northern hemisphere's summer. it is aimed to be a 10 year retrospective. a track listing is not currently available.

  2001

november  

14
i
have finally had a chance to listen to a new banco track, sakarya, which appears on the 6 degrees compilation arabian travels (it's available from cd now and amazon in the u.s., and now also available from amazon in the u.k.). by banco de daia's standards this is a fairly upbeat and funky track full of percussion. as per usual toby brews a magical blend of of instruments, sound effects, and uplifting chants. highly recommended!

  october  

21
the second single from igizeh, entitled how much reality can you take?, came out in the u.k. as a 12" only on july 30. featuring remixes by jack dangers, dj juttla, and banco de gaia, it is not planned to come out on cd or elsewhere in the world.

a new banco track, sakarya, recently appeared on the 6 degrees compilation arabian travels. it was written at the start of 2001. released around september 18, the cd is available from cd now and amazon in the u.s.. toby has also remixed the track smoke gets in your eyes. An older track not written by himself, it appears on a compilation called electrolounge 2. i've yet to see it at online cd stores.

toby may finally be releasing his past commercial albums, from maya onwards. stay tuned. there is also talk of box sets and the like.

may  

22
second single from banco de gaia's latest album, igizeh, will be how much reality can you take?. due out in the u.k. at the end of june it will feature remixes by banco de gaia, jack dangers of meat beat manifesto and dj juttla. no music video is planned for the release.

toby is continuing to do some live dates. you can see him at the h2001 festival in istanbul on june 22, exit festival in yugoslavia on july 7, essential festival at hackney marshes in london on july 15, adriatic festival in croatia on july 20, sheffield lakeside festival in the u.k. on july 22, and the lancaster worldbeat festival in the u.k. on august 24.

for the purists out there, banco de gaia did a music video for obsidian. it primarily focuses on toby in san francisco as one of those buskers who only moves when you put some money in a bucket in front of him. funny stuff!

  2000

november  

17
the first single from banco de gaia's new album, igizeh, was released on november 13. titled obsidian it has a radio edit by banco de daia, plus 3 remixes. you can buy it from the u.s. via cd now or from the u.k. via amazon

banco de gaia is currently doing some dj shows in the u.s.. he will do a live show in london on december 3 at dingwalls in london; a december 31 show at whirl-y-gig in london (king's cross); and a european tour in february/march. for those wanting to see him on new year's eve details are camden town hall, king's cross, from 8pm - 6am. cost is 30 quid since it's new year's eve. also playing will be bi polar and astralasia (thanks to rich morley for this info).

october  

17
banco de gaia's new album, igizeh, is now out in most countries, though germany still has to wait a little. the first single from the album, obsidian, is due out around the end of october in europe, and on november 7 in the u.s.. advance orders can be made from cd now.

september  

24
banco de gaia's new album, igizeh, is due out in europe tomorrow and the u.s. on tuesday. my review of the album is now available. you can also hear snippets from the album at banco de gaia's official site, and buy the album from the u.s. via cd now or amazon, or in the u.k. via amazon. expect final details of the first single, obsidian, soon.

12
the official banco de gaia web site now has a new look & feel plus sound bits from the new album, igizeh, and details of tour dates in october.

04
the igizeh review is still in the process of being written while i undertake further research. sorry! i have learnt that the vocalist from the album, jennifer folker, is someone banco de gaia met in portland last year. the most commercial-sounding track on the album, obisidian, which features folker's vocals will be the first single. it will feature remixes by fluke and the light. hopefully the official web site will have sound bites for you to listen to soon.

to make up for my later-than-expected review of igizeh i've created a review of an older banco de gaia single, heliopolis, to (hopefully) keep you happy. it's in the reviews section. current word is that banco de gaia will be doing some live dates in london around october 26-28. venues, etc. not yet known.

august  

29
full details of banco de gaia's new album, igizeh, are now in the discography. as is usual with banco de gaia releases expect a blend of the expected and not so expected! igizeh features vocals on two tracks, including glove puppet which was released on his previous album. my review will be posted here very soon. the album is released world-wide on september 26.

banco's next live date is doing a chill-out dj set for the 12th off the tracks festival in the u.k. on september 1. he also plans other dates in the u.k. in october.

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he new album is listed on cd now and amazon to be released in the u.s. on september 26 2000. the cover art is also visible at six degree records. i will have full details of the album, including a review of its music, very soon.

july  

14
the new album from banco de gaia is to be titled igizeh. the title has no known meaning. expect it to be available world-wide at the end of september. to date the only track available from it is b2 which appears on the six degree records compilation called traveler '00.

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after playing around with the idea for months i have finally designed and written a web site about banco de gaia/toby marks. it wouldn't have been possible without toby's help. it's great to see a brilliant artist so heavily involved with the internet and interacting with its members. so thanks mate!

latest news is that a new album is due out later this year. a track from the album, b2, is currently available on a compilation called traveler '00.

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