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P R E S S
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.
The singer, guitarist and world-renowned sitar player has teamed up with bassist/singer Ralf Marckardt and drummer Jens Kolweih to once again combine the energy and authenticity of world music with a singer-songwriter's mentality to kindle fiery.
Payuta either focuses on the guitar or the sitar or lets both have their say in musical passion. 21 songs, a fire blazes for more than 77 minutes that only HARRY PAYUTA & FRIENDS can ignite.
The result literally electrified me! The songs shine in competition - catchy hooks and warmth in abundance.
In any case, after a stressful day, they bring me down relaxed with a smile on my face. You can not ask for more! All 21 tracks are one listen-through orgasm. (Heinz W. Arndt)
At 77 minutes, the album is an opulent affair with which Payuta confirms the sitar as a rock-compatible string instrument. Completely relaxed, Harry Payuta & Friends glide through 21 songs between Westcoast atmosphere, semi-world rock and singer/sonwriter, with the rock component clearly predominating.
BLACK MATCH sounds like a globetrotter's album, which is true, as the original songs were recorded in Germany, El Salvador and Spain.
The titles, held in the traditional song format, seem to be cast in one piece, are multifaceted and varied, so that you can easily listen to the album with pleasure.
In any case, Harry Payuta makes you sit up and take notice and his music won't let go of the listener so quickly. Unusual as bold, interesting and innovative.
Nobody has more competently integrated the sitar into western music.
Harry Payuta's voice has a pleasant tone, soft and fragile with an underlying 'hoarseness'.
» Mainly it rocks! «
An exciting mixture of overarching musical styles.
Sometimes Far Eastern melodies burn brightly, the Trio rarely closes their eyes and surrenders completely to the instrumental fever. In general, the acoustic or electric guitar paves the way for the compositions, before the Sitar takes the spotlight for charm and the vitally special.
(Review: SAITENKULT - 2022)
A L B U M S
C O O P E R A T I O N S
1. THE ELECTRIC FAMILY 2. THE ELECTRIC FAMILY 3. BELLA DONNA 4. THE ELECTRIC FAMILY 5. SUN TEMPLE CIRUS 6. THE FURIOUS SWAMPRIDERS 7. SECOND SKY 8. HUUN-HUUR-TUU 9. DEEP TALK 10. EARTRANCEPORT 11. THE ELECTRIC FAMILY 12. THE PERC MEETS THE HIDDEN GENTLEMAN
B I O G R A P H Y
Harry Payuta has come a long way from his first rock band in the mid-70s to the current album BLACK MATCH - 2022. Here he presents himself with his trio HARRY PAYUTA & FRIENDS, which revisits his past as singer/songwriter. And mostly it rocks!
Payuta studied popular music and, in addition to positions in rock, blues and jazz as a guitarist, bassist, sitarist and singer, was also involved in many avantgarde- and worldmusic-projects. But he never lost contact with his musical roots, blues and rock.
• With members of EMBRYO + AMON DÜÜL the Ethno-Trance-Jazz Project EAR-TRANCEPORT with musicians from Mali and Morocco. CD production and tours through Germany and Spain,
• Production of the album DEEP TALK with GROBSCHNITT keyboarder Volker Kahrs,
• MOJO-CLUB (Hamburg) tour through Germany and Switzerland, followed by various Goa-Techno-Trance projects,
• Cooperation with HUUN HUUR TU from Tuva. Harry Payuta is represented with edited titles on the remix CD ''Spirits from Tuva'', which involved international teams from Paris to Moscow,
• Sitar contribution in the Indian video and CD production ''Gayatri Mantra'' with the Indian pop singer RAVEENA,
• long-term cooperation as a sitarist with SECOND SKY, a dub and trip hop project from Pennsylvania/USA,
• since the early 90s member of the psychedelic rock project THE ELECTRIC FAMILY with Tom ''The Perc'' Redecker,
• since 2000 own band project HARRY PAYUTA & FRIENDS. Production of 12 albums with various line-ups in their own studio and numerous concerts.
2007 to 2013 stay in El Salvador and production of 2 albums with salvadorean musicians. Payuta was real exotic with the sitar, which was almost unknown there. He gave concerts in almost all theaters and concert halls as well as in the entire club scene in El Salvador. He was also often a guest on radio programs and television shows.
After almost 10 years of musical activities in Central America and Spain, Harry Payuta is back in Germany with a new album a new line-up.
The stylistic arc stretches from the 90s with his rock band ''Vee-Jays'' to his sitar albums and the singer-songwriter album ''Sweet Gloom'' up to new songs.
Guitar and Sitar alternately take the lead, with the sitar being used electrified and far away from Indian clichés.
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