released: April20 2004.
"Walking Through", KAYA PROJECT's debut CD, is a downtempo fusion of cutting-edge beats, organic electronica and diverse sounds and vocals from Hawaii, India, the Middle East and Europe.
KAYA PROJECT is the latest musical incarnation from Seb Taylor, who has released as SHAKTA, DIGITALIS and is also a co-founder of ANGEL TEARS.
Self-taught on the guitar, flute and cello, at age 16 Seb heard the album " Songs From the Victorious City" , a collaboration between ANNE DUDLEY and JAZ COLEMAN (KILLING JOKE), and became fascinated with the fusion of Middle Eastern music and Western production. Since his first electronic music release in 1995, Seb has recorded under many different names in many different styles. In 1997 he signed his first record deal with Big Life/Dragonfly Records and the success of his recordings with the groups SHAKTA and DIGITALIS led to Seb performing around the world on a regular basis, which gave him the opportunity to absorb different musical cultures.
In Israel he met Momi Ochion, and together they formed ANGEL TEARS, recording a variety of musicians from the Middle East and melding these sounds into their own unique electronica. These tracks subsequently ended up on many well-regarded compilation CDs-including CLAUDE CHALLE's "Buddha Bar" series-and were heard in a number of hit TV shows, such as HBO's Sex and the City .
While on tour in Mexico , Seb met Irina Mikhailova singing with MEDICINE DRUM, and on a subsequent trip to London Irina recorded vocals at Seb's studio. The resulting track, "Labess," sung in Moroccan Arabic, became the first KAYA PROJECT song. Seb later returned the favour by remixing one of Irina's tracks Nightflower which we are grateful to include on Walking Through.
Seb has collaborated on new Kaya Project material with Johnny Kalsi (AFRO-CELTS/DHOL FOUNDATION) and has also recently finished remixing eight tracks for the BLACK ONYX, with orchestral pieces written by JAZ COLEMAN and played by the London Symphony Orchestra, a dream come true.
Seb and his twin soul Natasha who is an accomplished dj, are currently in Rajastan, travelling around the world recording musicians for new Kaya project material.
KAYA PROJECT tracks have been on the following compilations:
"Stone turns Black" on " 13th Moon" (Interchill, Canada)
"Twin Soul" on " Arabian Travels 2" (Six Degrees Records, U.S.)
"Walking Through" on " World Peace" (Stoned Asia Music , U.K.)