Gino has been fooling around with the drums since he was 8 years old and took it up seriously at the age of 15. He is the son of Louiz Banks, India's legendary jazz pianist and composer. He toured Australia and China with his fathers' indo-jazz fusion band SANGAM playing percussion when he was just 9 years old. His interest in drums began at an early age when he use to watch his father perform on stage with his various groups with drummers like Ranjit Barot, Zakir Hussain, Lester Godinho, Franco Vaz, Benny Soanes, Trilok Gurtu Sivamani, Adrian D'souza, TauFique Qureshi and many others.
Gino is a versatile player, this trait leads him to performing and recording with artists and bands of all types of genres, artists like his father Louiz Banks, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Rashid Khan, Taufique Qureshi, and Pt. Ronu Majumdar; to Bollywood sessions and gigs with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Salim-Sulieman, Vishal-Shekhar, Pritam, Hariharan and Sandeep Chowta; to fusion groups SILK, Yuva, Soul Yatra and Sitar Funk; to rock bands like Helga's Fun Castle, Gary Lawyer, Skinny Alley, Vayu and Zero. He has performed with international musicians like Tony Lakatos, George Brooks, Leni Stern, Jay Oliver, Angela Hagenbach and Carl Clements. As well as with Dance Troupes like Pt. Birju Maharaj's Kathak Group, Aditi Bhagwat and Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company and many more.
He has also had the Honor and Privilege of playing a few tracks on the Miles From India Album produced by Bob Belden, nominated for a 2009 Grammy in the Contemporary Jazz Category with Times Square Records, NYC. A fusion of Indian Classical musicians and Miles Davis Alumni Musicians like Ron Carter, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Ndugu Chancler, Adam Holzman, Badal Roy, and Benny Reitveld to name a few and great Indo-American jazz musicians Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Gino Banks Endorses:
Vic Firth DrumSticks