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Weser Kurier Juli 2000: “Slow-Food for the brain”
The CD STRATOS – Stratostrance is more a quiet stream of sounds somewhere between Ambient, Chill-Out and Trance. Almost all tracks are long trips into the land of sounds, where the rhythms give a smooth direction. Also the melodies contents with minimal changes.
The Didgeridoo brings native sounds from Australia, the Sitar the atmosphere of India. But it´s not the real Ethno-World, what the sounds mean. The CD »Stratostrance« is more a quiet stream of sounds somewhere between Ambient, Chill-Out and Trance. Almost all tracks are long trips into the land of sounds, where the rhythms give a smooth direction. Also the melodies contents with minimal changes.
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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.