Born in Mumbay in 1951, Trilok Gurtu is very young to music and tabla at the prestigious mother Shobha Gurtu (a very famous Indian singer, known as' the queen of Thumri '.) At the beginning of the' 70s, Trilok took its first steps in born in Italy, with the Aktuala, and later he engages in jazz under the wing of Don Cherry and Charlie Mariano.In the course of his forty-year career Trilok has attracted an impressive series of world-class artists, starting with John McLaughlin - in whose trio, Trilok has established himself as a soloist and with whom he has been collaborating for more than 20 years - followed by Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek, Bill Evans, Pharoah Sanders, Dave Holland, Oregon, with whom he literally turned the world.
Naturally, Trilok is deeply rooted in the Indian tradition, so it is not surprising the many collaborations with great musicians of Indian music: his mother Shobha Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, the Misra brothers and Sultan Khan. From his first moves in that field, over the years the world music has risen to the legitimate rank of musical genre to him, in which Trilok has certainly 'plowed his own furrow', performing and recording alongside Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Angelique Kidjo, Neneh Cherry, Omara Portuondo, Huun Huur Tu. In Italy he has played with Ivano Fossati, Marina Rei, Pino Daniele and DJ Robert Miles, with whom he signed the 2004 album Miles Gurtu.