Workshop by Trilok Gurtu – The Percussion Gur(t)u

High Play is an initiative by FSM which invites famous music personalities from all over the world to conduct workshops for our music enthusiasts. This time we decided to take it up a notch and have invited the shining star from the creative pool of India – Percussion sensation Trilok Gurtu who will be conducting a workshop for us.

Born and brought up in India, Gurtu isn’t just a national sensation but also recognized as a talent at an international level. He is universally recognized as of the most innovative percussionists due to his unique ways of creating music with unconventional elements such as integrating swords, buckets into his music. His percussion signature involves dipping cymbals and strings of shells into a bucket of water that creates a shimmering effect.

Throughout his percussion career Trilok Gurtu has collaborated with a number of artists, jazz artist’ and bands which include, John McLaughlin, Embryo, Oregon, Tabla Beat Science, Arkè String Quartet, Joe Zawinul and Jan Garbarek. His 2002 album ‘Remembrance’ was a milestone in his musical journey as it received high praises from everybody in the music fraternity and critics. The album included performances by talented Indian personalities like Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain and his mother Shobha Gurtu.

Gurtu is a product of a musical upbringing as his grandfather was a noted sitar player and his mother Shobha Gurtu was a legendary Indian classical singer. Gurtu started playing tabla from a very early age under the mentorship of Shah Abdul Karim. He began playing the western drum kit in 1970’s and developed interest in jazz.

We at FSM are honored to host Trliok Gurtu’s workshop on 6th Jan at NMIMS- School of Performing Arts. During the workshop, Gurtu will talk about various percussion techniques and also induct use of percussion instruments to create diverse sounds.

It’s going to be an evening to remember for every music and especially percussion enthusiasts.

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