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Release: 18.03.2022


BLACK MATCH lights a brilliant 77-minute firework from three creative decades of Harry Payuta's musical life. A musaic of looking back and reorientation.

» mainly it rocks «

An exciting stylistic mixture of songs
and instrumentals with guitar & sitar

The stylistic arc spans from the 90s with his rock band ''Vee-Jays'' to his seven sitar albums and the singer-songwriter album ''Sweet Gloom'' (produced in Germany, El Salvador, Spain, 2003-2016) up to 6 new songs.

Guitar and Sitar take turns taking the lead. But the stylish interweaving of both sounds also ensures the distinctive sound of Payuta.
The sitar is electrified and used far from Indian clichés.

The current Trio has rearranged and re-recorded all tracks. The result is an exciting coexistence of overlapping musical styles in a unifying, new band sound full of joy in playing.

Harry Payuta   sitar · guitar · vocals · & more
Ralf Marckardt   bass · vocals        Jens Kolweih   drums


Review - SAITENKULT 27.02.2022

If anyone is looking for the most adventurous singer-songwriter of the season, he or she will find him or her in Harry Payuta and Friends.

Musical globetrotter Harry Payuta is back and presents a new work of his worldbeat rock. The multi-instrumentalist, who has lived in Latin America and Spain for many years, has returned to Germany to start a new trio. HARRY PAYUTA & FRIENDS are back.

The singer, guitarist and world-renowned sitar player has teamed up with bassist/vocalist Ralf Marckardt and drummer Jens Kolweih to once again ignite the energy and authenticity of world music with a singer-songwriter's mentality.

His twelfth album looks back at the past to celebrate it in the present and show it a way into the future. The compositions are mainly taken from the last three decades, from his seven sitar works, his last 2016 solo songwriter album 'Sweet Gloom' and his rock band VEE-JAYS. The songs, freshly arranged for the band and recorded by the current trio Payuta/Marckardt/Kolweih, are also surrounded by six new compositions.

Payuta either focuses on the guitar or the sitar or lets both have their say with musical passion. 21 songs, more than 77 minutes long a fire blazes that only HARRY PAYUTA & FRIENDS can ignite. Sometimes Far Eastern melodies burn brightly, the trio rarely closes their eyes and surrenders completely to the instrumental fever. In general, the acoustic guitar paves the way for the compositions, before the sitar takes the spotlight for charm and the vitally special.