Louiz Banks is one of India’s most celebrated jazz pianists and composers. He has been playing music almost since live music became a thriving industry in the country. He has collaborated with a wide array of artists and specialises in jazz music.
He is the man behind the lilting, haunting, musical score of the much talked about Mile Sur Mera Tumhara trilogy that made it big on the small screen. His inspiring melody for our most revered athletes, SPREAD THE LIGHT OF FREEDOM is remembered by all those who have heard the tune, even today.
Louiz Banks (aka DAMBAR BAHADUR BUDAPRITHI, Nepali name) is a versatile composer, jazz improviser, pianist and keyboard player who specializes in live acoustic and electronic performances covering all genres of music from popular to mainstream / modern progressive / World Music, Contemporary jazz and Indo-Jazz Fusion.
It was in the 1970s that Louiz hit the scene by getting together a band in Calcutta with singer Pam Crain and saxophonist Braz Gonsalves and named it The Louiz Banks Brotherhood. This was the cutting edge Jazz and Pop band during that time. After hearing him play in Blue Fox, in Calcutta, he was invited to Mumbai by RD BURMAN and Louiz became his favourite pianist. He played Piano and Keyboards with RD Burman, Bappi Lahiri and Laxmikant Pyarelal in countless projects during that time. Soon, he began doing his own background scores for many Bollywood films. Around 1984, he got on to electronic instruments seriously and began writing music for commercials and became the blue eyed boy of advertising. In 1980, he did his first European Tour as leader of the fusion Band SANGAM, with the amazing Ramamani, Ranjit Barot, Karl Peters, TAS Mani with KCP and saxophone giant Charlie Mariano. With over sixty international concerts under his belt, including many parts of Europe, Middle east, South East Asia and USA, Fusion has played a big part in the life of this jazz man. Over the years, Louiz has performed concerts with some of the world’s greatest jazz men to create exciting and memorable music and still continues to do so.
Louiz is India’s premier Jazz pianist since the last two decades as well as a prolific composer of music sound tracks for theater, stage and feature films. He continues to be the most sought after music composer of jingles, corporate anthems, audio visuals and documentaries. In fact, he is considered to be the most prolific composer ever, of advertising jingles. Despite his tremendous commercial success, his first love remains Jazz related music.
He is the most important face of Indian Jazz and has represented India in many International festivals with great success.
Louiz continues to compose for ad commercials besides performing and exploring new territories in music quite extensively in India and abroad with his world fusion bands SILK, with Shankar Mahadevan, AATMA with Gino Banks, AAKRITI with Adittee Bhagwat and ASIA ELECTRIK with Sivamani and Niladri Kumar.
And, hey! he is an accomplished painter as well!