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Get ready to be carried away by the multi-instrumentalist Harry Payuta on his new CD India redhot blue to a fantastical and secret world of rhythms and moods. The Indian sitar and its big sister, the surbahar, which is pitched considerably lower, are the focus. This is not classical Indian music, though; here sounds from the Caribbean fuse with jazz, rock-like motifs and a constant pulse from the ethno-trance scene.
There’s nothing else like it in the world – this blend of Indian ragas, jazz, ambient, trance and shamanic elements, Harry Payuta’s special brand of Trance World Music.
“Naturally, on India redhot blue the Indian sitar plays the main role. But I also made frequent use of the Indian surbahar – sometimes referred to as the “bass sitar” – an instrument quite seldom played these days. I was particularly captivated by the combination of the sitar and the surbahar on several tracks. A very wide spectrum of tones can be attained with this mix.
I wrote the compositions for many of these ten pieces while living on Trinidad and Tobago in 2003. It was there that I first heard the fusion of Indian and Creole music using the sitar, steel drum, tabla and Caribbean percussion. The experience left a clear mark on India redhot blue, one example being the integration of the steel drum on two tracks.
The overall feeling of my sojourn on T&T vibrates and echoes throughout this music. The album is very melody-oriented and ranges from rhythm to rock while also revealing clear jazz influences.“ Harry Payuta
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Harry Payuta, one of the most differently Sitar- and Didgeridoo-Players of today, is a musician of many spheres. In addition to exploring rock, blues and jazz, he participated as a guitarist, bassist and singer/songwriter in many avant-garde and New Music projects.
Since 1992 his mainly interest is in WorldBeat-Music. In 1996 he founded the »Ear-Tranceport« project with ethno-fusion musicians from Mali and Morocco (EMBRYO / AMON DÜÜL). CD productions and tours through Europe followed. In the area of Dancefloor he toured Germany and Switzerland with the Mojo-Club (Hamburg), a collaboration which led to various Goa Techno Trance projects.
In 2002 he worked with Huun-Huur-Tu, the world-renowned overtone singers from Tuva in Mongolia. Two of Harry Payuta’s arrangements appear on Huun-Huur-Tu’s remix CD Spirits from Tuva, a production in which international teams representing Europe from Paris to Moscow participated. In September 2002 the CD ranked Number One on the European World Music charts. The title »Eki Attar« was first on the Greek charts for ten weeks.
Since 2000, Harry Payuta has been producing CDs under his own name and performing in concert with his band »Payuta & Friends«. Of the wide spectrum of instruments he plays, it is the Indian sitar which Payuta avowedly finds most fascinating. He employs it in unconventional ways, composing pieces for it that are highly appealing to the Western ear.
At studio-payuta-music he works as a sound engineer, graphic artist, producer and, naturally, as a musician.