ZACATECOLUCA

On this album Harry Payuta has his Sitar style even more ”westernized” and developed more options for changing harmony, which with this modal instrument in the traditional indian way of playing is not possible. Work on ZACATECOLUCA took place in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Harry Payuta‘s current residence El Salvador and collaboration with musicians from Centro-America has also, of course, left unmistakable traces of Latin America.

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Harry Payuta‘s 9th Album ZACATECOLUCA is for the most part very rock-emphasized with worldmusic elements. That means definitely a »Back to the Roots« for Payuta, a former member of countless Rock-Bands as a singer, songwriter, guitar- and bass player.

On this album he has his Sitar style even more ”westernized” and developed more options for changing harmony, which with this modal instrument in the traditional indian way of playing is not possible. Work on ZACATECOLUCA took place in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Harry Payuta‘s current residence El Salvador and collaboration with musicians from Centro-America has also, of course, left unmistakable traces of Latin America.

The album includes two vocal tracks sung by Melvin Hernandez, of which »Agua del Mar« certainly intended as homage to Carlos Santana. Here after a long time Payuta is to hear again as a guitarist, as well as on the track ‘‘Good to be anywhere‘‘, a tribute to Keith Richards.

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.

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