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Downbeat magazine’s Annual Critics Poll pronounced Trilok Gurtu the world's best jazz percussionist for the third year in a row.

Trilok Gurtu performed with The Glimpse on 8 June 1998, at "1. Jazz festival", Split, Croatia. Concert took place on stage of Croatian National Theatre in Split. Starting at midnight (because of semi-final soccer match between Croatia and France on World Cup ’98) performance of Trilok Gurtu was a delight for a full auditorium that appreciated freshness and innovation Trilok Gurtu brings to music. Although Trilok Gurtu’s music can not be held between boundaries of classic jazz, I doubt there was a single jazz-fan on this concert that did not feel joy and excitement from unique blend of traditional Indian music and contemporary jazz that secures a special place for Trilok Gurtu in today music, no matter of genre.

Trilok Gurtu was born on 30 October 1951 in Bombay, India. Trilok Gurtu studied tabla with Pandit Manirao Popatkar from the age of five. Trilok Gurtu is coming from a musical family; his mother Shobha Gurtu is a celebrated vocalist of khayyal and thumri, and his grandfather was a concert sitar player and musicologist and his older brothers, Narendra and Ravi are percussionists. Trilok Gurtu and his brother founded a percussion group in 1965. Ravi Gurtu was one of major influences in Trilok Gurtu’s musical beginnings.

Already known in Indian film industry as a good musician, Ravi Gurtu helped his younger brother Trilok Gurtu to get familiar with many of traditional Indian percussion instruments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"No musician has done more than Trilok Gurtu to blend the subtleties of Eastern and Western music to create something original, dynamic and compelling. Born and raised in a prominent musical Bombay family (his mother Shabha is a celebrated vocalist, and his grandfather a concert sitar player), Gurtu's grounding in the involved rhythmic rules and structures of Indian classical music began formally at the age of five with tuition in tabla, the demanding but uniquely eloquent percussion instrument that provides the pulse for the Indian musical tradition."

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