Al Gromer Khan left his home at seventeen to become a jazz musician and a beat poet. At nineteen he found himself in the midst of Flower Power in London, England, where he attended art school and played music in a number of experimental projects; amongst others with Mike Figgis and Cat Stevens.
It was in England a first contact with the sitar legend Vilayat Khan occurred. This meeting left a lasting impression in the young musician. From 1968 he started practising sitar music and became a disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, Vilayat Khan´s younger brother, for seven years, (Gandhaband ceremony with Imrat Khan 1975) In India Al Gromer Khan had further tutelage from other masters of Indian music, like Rais Khan and Roshan Jamal Bhartyia.
After returning to Germany towards the mid 1970ies he worked as a songwriter, sitar performer and new world music visionary. While keeping up his sitar practise he worked with Popol Vuh and many experimental projects of that time.
In the 1980s he went into a seven year seclusion, fathoming and perfecting the Alap-anga Sitar technique of Ustad Vilayat Khan. From this a highly original type of ambient music called ´Paisley Music´ emerged. This new style found him an audience in lovers of contemplative music around the world.
Al Gromer Khan has given breathtaking concerts of classical sitar music in Vilayat Khan´s tradition in Europe and India. After forty years he still practises sitar and surbahar daily. He doesn´t jam and he doesn´t do fusion.
Al Gromer Khan contributes documentaries on the sublime aspects of music for a number of radio stations. He has writen the two novels, ´Jimi of Silence´, ´Der weiße Mogul´, and the short story ´Jazzweihnacht´ all in German, ‘Jazz Christmas’ was published in English as e-book 2011.