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SITAR MOVEMENTS– the classical indian instrument goes west
Folker-Magazin Sept/Oct 2003: “Sitar Movements” is purchased by people, who look for an indian-sounding CD, but who don’t really want classical ragas. Payuta plays the Sitar in a western style and this much easier to listen to for indian-untrained ears without. Payuta is doing this without any cut-back in musical quality.
Jazz Podium Aug 2003: Payuta uses the timbre of the Sitar and the meditativ base of indian music, to realize his own ideas of melody and sounds. The music excites to a kind of flotation.
customer review Feb 2004: My respect and a great Thank You for the fantastic album “Sitar…movements” – more than felicitous!!!
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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.