Bollyjazz brings a refreshing approach to playing classic Hindi Film tunes through a format of Jazz harmony and rhythms.
In a time where any experimentation with music, especially Hindi Film music, meant simply remixing popular tunes to club beats, Nikhil Mawkin envisioned an amalgamation of two seemingly different genres: Hindi Film music and Jazz. Since then, the band has developed a vast repertoire by selectively choosing melodies that suit the sensibility of a contemporary setting. The arrangements around the melodies have experimented with popular Jazz rhythms such as Samba, Bossa Nova, Swing, Funk etc. that allows musicians to improvise and provide their own expression to a familiar tune.
Bollyjazz frequently performs as a Quartet with Nikhil Mawkin on Voice & Guitars, Nathalie Ramirez on Flute, Harshit Misra on Bass, Shantanu Sudarshan on Drums and Ananddev Bannerjee as the Sound Engineer; occasionally performing with horn players as a Sextet.