"…A world class, virtuoso percussionist, ... he's an open-minded musician who embraces jazz, Indian classical music, abstract improvisation and Asian pop, a dazzling percussion virtuoso, an accessible entertainer. …" ~ Guardian.uk
A world class, virtuoso percussionist, now in his mid sixties, Trilok has attracted a world class set of collaborators over a long career; these started with John McLaughlin in whose trio, Trilok flourished as the featured soloist for 4 years, other jazz greats continued this path - Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry, Bill Evans, Pharoah Sanders, Dave Holland were all attracted to Trilok's burning sense of rhythm. Of course he is deeply rooted in the Indian tradition, so it is no surprise to see that collaborations also took place with the glitterati of Indian musical society - his mother, Shobha Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, The Misra Brothers and Sultan Khan. World music has become an established genre in which Trilok has further «ploughed his own furrow» with his own group, to great effect, performing and recording with Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Angelique Kidjo, Neneh Cherry, Omara Portuondo, Tuvan throat singers, Huun Huur Tu, to such effect that Rita Ray of BBC Radio described him as «a serial collaborator».
With his unique genius which has played a major role in creating some of the finest works of his fellow master musicians, amongst others, John Mclaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Dave Holland and Jan Garbarek, Trilok Gurtu continues to define and redefine his position as one of the percussive art's greatest innovators of all time. Although his approach to playing and composing is non-stylistic, it is built upon a solid and deep understanding of many global styles. His drumming and composing are universal, personal and fuelled by tremendous love and discipline.Download full biography
Marcus Miller + Trilok Gurtu, Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra - Balahro. Solidarity of Arts
«…Gurtu amazed the audience not only with his incredible craftsmanship but also with his humorous presentation. …» ~ René van Peer
«…Gurtu’s music combines elements from traditional Indian percussion with Western jazz, but then with a solid rock beat. This is no half-hearted fusion. …» ~ René van Peer
«…Trilok Gurtu is an enigma in India’s creative sky. …» ~ Ultpal Borpujari
«…Trilok Gurtu's latest is not pure jazz, or pure Indian, or pure anything. It's just great. …» ~ A world in your ear