Three unique and distinctive musical voices unite for a special Trio project, combining traditional and progressive musical elements from India, Italy, and Cuba. All three are master musicians with illustrious careers, virtuosi in their own rights, with penchants for expanding musical boundaries and exploring new cultures. All three are dazzling performers, seeking inspiration and challenge from each other, and seeking to share this with audiences.
A world class percussionist, Trilok Gurtu is a five-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll for best percussionist, and a Best Artist Asia/Pacific nominee for the BBC World Music Awards. He was born to a highly musical family in Bombay and started to play at the age of six. His deeply rooted Indian tradition combined with elements of jazz and rock have made Trilok Gurtu an established master of World Music. Mr. Gurtu’s burning sense of rhythm has attracted a wide-ranging set of world class collaborators, including John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny, Phoroah Sanders, Dave Holland and numerous musicians from India, Africa and other nations. From a lifetime of music and touring, Trilok Gurtu has given his audiences eleven albums and countless appearances all over the world.
Winner of a wide array of awards, professor, and director of various Italian and international institutions, Paolo Fresu has performed around the world with the most important names of Afro-American music over the past 30 years. He has participated in nearly 300 recordings, some as a leader, others as a sideman, and still other projects mixing ethnic, jazz, world music, contemporary, and ancient musics. Mr. Fresu is artistic director of the Berchidda Festival Time In Jazz, Bergamo Jazz, and the Jazz Seminars in Nuoro (Sardinia). He is also involved in the production of numerous multimedia projects, cooperating with actors, dancers, painters, sculptors, and poets, as well as writing music for film, documentary, video, ballet, and theater pieces. Mr. Fresu lives between Paris, Bologna and Sardinia. His unique trumpet sound is recognized as one of the most distinctive in the contemporary jazz scene.
Three-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa’s musical trajectory has taken him from Camagüey and Havana to touring in Angola, the Congo, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua in the 1980s; to a sojourn in the African-descent communities of Ecuador in the early 1990s; to an extended presence on the San Francisco Bay Area Latin jazz scene; to his current engagement with artists from Spain, France, Brazil, Cuba, the United States, and several North, West, and East African nations. His career embodies the expansive outlook of a visionary artist who has taken Monk’s uncompromising spirit to heart, while working ceaselessly to craft and project a unique, cosmopolitan voice. Mr. Sosa’s current CD release, Afreecanos, celebrates the rich heritage of African music in jazz and Latin music.