Born in Bavaria in 1946, Alois Gromer has lived in England, India, and Morocco, which broadened his musical tastes and performing style. He attended a recital by sitarist Vilayat Khan and was so moved that he dedicated his life and art to the study of the sitar. After studying with master sitarist Imrat Khan, Gromer became a member of the Khan-i-Gharana dynasty in 1975 and added the Khan name to his own. His contemplative, contemporary approach to music made him popular in the arenas of radio and television scoring, as well as with progressively minded artists like Deuter, Amon Düül, and Florian Fricke of Popul Vuh, with whom Khan collaborated. Solo outings like Mahogany Nights, Space Hotel, and Kamasutra drew critical acclaim for their supple blend of technique, tradition, and technology. 1999 saw the release of Music From an Eastern Rosegarden; Almond Blossom Day followed a year later and mid-2000 saw the release of God Perfume II. Sufi was issued a year later. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide
The German composer, born Alois Gromer, received his calling while attending a concert of Vilayat Khan, the Indian sitarist, in 1969. After studying sitar in India for years, he returned to Germany and began recording with musicians such as Deuter, Cat Stevens, and Miles Davis before developing his unique combination of Indian and electronic sounds.
However, those seeking a follow-up to the piercing cries of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan should look elsewhere. Although entitled SUFI, Al Gromer Khan's album is far removed from the ecstatic call and response form of Islamic devotional music. But like Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, these songs explore the thresholds of consciousness, from the soft pulses of "Khanqah" to the fleeting lament of "Futura."