Nikola Bankov is a young, only 21 years old alto saxophonist and composer who is truly pushing the boundaries of his instrument. Nikola originates from Slovakia and is currently studying at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus Denmark. Bankov has also previously attended Berklee College of Music and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2015 he was awarded at the New Faces of Slovak Jazz Competition with prize “Discovery of the festival“.
His debut album ‘Bright Future’ emerges as Nikola’s definitive statement, merging inspiring and catchy melodies with a refreshingly original sound. The album features world-renowned tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake (USA). Bankov experiments with a range of FX effects applied to the sound of the saxophone, adding a new set of colours to the musical palate. The music combines modern jazz and electronic music in a way that creates a fresh sound and a unique live experience.
“Nikola Bankov is a fantastic alto player who writes catchy tunes and performs them with a rich electric sonic palette. It was a joy to collaborate with him.”
- SEAMUS BLAKE
“An impressive performance within a modern and “hip” musical landscape. Altogether this is a very nice “business card” that invites the listener into a young, lively and modern world where jazz obviously is an important ingredient.” - TOR HAMERRØ / TOR DE JAZZ