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Trilok Gurtu


The musical traditions from the eastern and traditional western worlds are bridged with the improvisations of Bombay, India-born percussionist/vocalist Trilok Gurtu. Gurtu’s mastery of post-bop jazz hasn’t gone undetected. Downbeat magazine called him “greatest percussionist” in three critic and reputation polls and proclaimed, “musically, the planet is normally his stage”. Jazz newspaper, Right No Chaser had taken a similar watch, composing, “this music includes a transcendental quality and gets rid of any road blocks that rest between traditional western and eastern improvised music.” Gurtu’s eclectic strategy has allowed him to collaborate with a number of the world’s most significant musicians. An associate of trumpeter Don Cherry’s music group from 1976 to 1978, Gurtu spent some time working with such important music artists as jazz guitarists Philip Catherine, John McLaughlin, Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny and Larry Coryell, rock and roll guitarist David Gilmore, saxophonists Jan Garbarek and Costs Evans, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, jazz keyboardist Josef Zawinul and traditional pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque. Gurtu was an associate of acoustic jazz fusion group, Oregon, from 1984 to 1988. A indigenous of Bombay, India, Gurtu comes from a musical family members. His grandfather was a favorite sitar participant and his mom, Shobha Gurtu, was an important vocalist of Indian traditional music. Studying to try out the tablas from age six, Gurtu captivated international attention within the middle-1970s when he performed with Charlie Mariano and John Tchicai. In 1977, he followed vocalist Asha Bhosle during her NY concerts. After touring and documenting with Don Cherry for just two years, Gurtu emigrated to Hambug, Germany in 1978. Soon later on, he toured with Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine and documented an recording, End Of August, with Catherine and Mariano. In the summertime of 1993, Gurtu toured European countries inside a duo with Josef Zawinul and documented an recording, Crazy Saints, with Zawinul and Pat Metheny. Gurtu proceeds to instruct drum treatment centers and perform at traditional events with contemporary dancer Carolyn Carlson. In the summertime of 1998, he toured with Andy Summers and Larry Coryell. The entire year 2000 saw the discharge of African Dream. Beat of Like followed another spring.

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Full Name Trilok Gurtu
Profession Drummer, Film Score Composer, Percussionist
Education Don Bosco High School, Matunga
Nationality Indian
Parents Shobha Gurtu
Music Groups Oregon, Tabla Beat Science
Music Songs African Fantasy, Tuhe, Massical, Crazy Saints, 21 Spices, The Beat of Love, Mukti, Once I Wished a Tree Upside Down, Shunyai, You, Remember This, Watapa, Cherry Town, Shobharock, Ganapati, Ballad for 2 Musicians, Seven Brings Return, Manini, Jhulelal, DJ Didgeridoo, Bad Habits Die Hard, Kathak, The Other Tune, Living Magic, Peace of the Five Elements, Balahto, 1 - 2 Beaucoup, Have We Lost Our Dream?, Ola Bombay, Soul Driven, Who Knows the Mind, Havatight, Bimoya
Albums Miles_Gurtu, Usfret, Arkeology, Crazy Saints, Spellbound, Living Magic, The Glimpse, The Beat of Love, Massical, Kathak, African Fantasy, Bad Habits Die Hard, Crazy Saints (Live at Bremen-Vogelsack, Kito, 29.11.1993) [feat. Daniel Goyone, Chris Minh Doky], Esperanto, Capriccio a Milano, Broken Rhythms, The Trilok Gurtu Collection, Crazy Saints & Believe (Collectors Premium), Bad Habits Die Hard & The Glimpse, 21 Spices, IZZAT - THE TRILOK GURTU REMIX ALBUM, Antonio Carlos Jobim : East Travel
Nominations GIMA Award for Best Fusion Album
Movies Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Trio: Rypdal, Vitous, Gurtu: Live from the Jazzopen Stuttgart 1994, Lucky Miles

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Sapos y culebras 2014 songs composed by
Dor 2006 playback singer
25. Deutsches Jazz Festival - Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie musician: percussion
Umbria Jazz '94: Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie musician: percussion



Lucky Miles 2007
Kwik Meal 2004 Video documentary short
Molom, conte de Mongolie 1995



Dor 2006 performer: "Expression Of Love"



Enzo Avitabile Music Life 2012 Documentary Himself - Host
Solidarity of Arts 2011 TV Movie Himself
Camino al andar 2005 Documentary Himself
Mit der Stimme tanzen 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
25. Deutsches Jazz Festival - Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie Himself
Umbria Jazz '94: Joe Zawinul & Trilok Gurtu 1994 TV Movie Himself

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