On Saturday, September 19, Dambar Bahadur Budaprithi aka Louiz Banks will perform a jugalbandi of jazz with sufi singer Pooja Gaitonde. Considered the godfather of jazz music in India, the Nepal born Banks has been India’s premier jazz pianist for decades. He’s also a prolific composer, having made scores of  advertisement jingles and musical scores, the most popular being ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’.

Watch Banks perform with Gaitonde and a host of musicians on Saturday, September 19 at 11.30 am.

We spoke to Banks about the musicians he loves listening to and his own favourite compositions.

“I am fascinated and amazed at the range of new music that exists now across different styles and genres,” Banks said. “So, I keep exploring on the internet on YouTube, Spotify, etc. I listen to new age jazz, fusion jazz, hip hop, soul combining gospel and blues and popular music.”

Herbie Hancock

“The pianist-composer is my all-time hero and a pianist that I admire most. I am most influenced by his ultra-modern harmonic concepts.”

Chick Corea

“Another hero that I admire greatly for his compositional genius and versatility, and for his pianistic brilliance.”

Zakir Hussain

“A musician that I admire greatly for his rhythm mastery, his vision and versatility.”

Shankar Mahadevan

“He’s a vocal genius. I love him for his classical vocal mastery and his versatility to adapt to any style of music.”

Sting

“I love the tunes that he writes – absolutely beautiful, soulful and timeless.”

Rachelle Ferrell

“I love the way she sings, the way she styles each song, her incredible range, her jazzy rhythmic swing and her distinctive originality.”

“From my own compositions, it is a difficult choice because I keep writing new compositions, but if I were to choose, it would be these:”

‘Shiv Shakti’

‘Prayanam’

‘New Blues’

‘Timeless”

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