Erik Sanko

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Erik Sanko
Born (1963-09-27) September 27, 1963 (age 53)
Occupation(s) Musician, visual artist
Instruments Bass
Years active 1984–present
Labels Jetset Records
Associated acts Skeleton Key, The Lounge Lizards, John Cale

Erik Sanko (born 27 September 1963) is a bass player from New York who has played in The Lounge Lizards and currently active in Skeleton Key.


In the past he also worked with notable musicians including Marc Ribot, John Cale, Yoko Ono, Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll, Gavin Friday, They Might Be Giants, The Melvins, James Chance and the Contortions, Danny Elfman, and members of Enon and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Besides being a musician, he's also a visual artist who creates marionettes. Erik Sanko is married and works with painter/visual artist Jessica Grindstaff. His work has been reviewed in The Village Voice[1] and The New York Times.[2] In 2008 he, together with Jessica Grindstaff, temporarily lived and worked for a play of Ulrike Quade, called The Wall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


With John Cale
With Jim Carroll
  • Pools of Mercury (1998)
With Anna Domino
  • Mysteries of America (1990)
With The Fertile Crescent
  • The Fertile Crescent (1992)
With Gavin Friday
With The Lounge Lizards
With John Lurie
  • Fishing with John (1998)
  • Legendary Marvin Pontiac (2000)
With Mono Puff
  • Unsupervised (1996)
With Seigen Ono
  • Nekono Topia Nekono Mania (1990)
With Yoko Ono
With Skeleton Key
With They Might Be Giants
With Suzanne Vega
With John Waite
  • Temple Bar (1995)


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