The Calling in the Beginning

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New Earth: Can you please tell us about your experience with India and Indian music?

Deuter: Indian music was the calling in the beginning. Indian music is built totally different than the rest of the music we have here. It’s based on one note that stays through the whole piece of music, the focus is always on the oneness of the piece. This type of music doesn’t change the harmonies, like we do here in the U.S., and that was somehow fascinating. The other point that was fascinating for me was the instruments the Indians used. I managed to find a sitar in Paris and I bought it, but there were not any teachers available; so I started to just play around with the sitar. For me, all the instruments I’m using, they’re basically like colors in a painting; I’m not focused on one instrument specifically. I use many sounds and instruments, like colors in a painting; in some pieces it’s more of certain instruments, and some pieces are more of the other instruments—it’s like painting, what I’m doing, painting with sounds. That is also one reason I love to work by myself. Usually painters work by themselves, they do not have somebody else painting on the same work, at the same time.

New Earth: How has traveling influenced you music?

Deuter: I’m sure it has a lot, because I travelled for years, and mainly towards the Asian areas. I have travelled to Turkey and spent time with the Sufis there. I learned Sufi music, and also learned from the Sufis how to stretch time, in a way, to go out of the objective experience of time—of measurable time. I learned how with music you can create a totally subjective time, which the Greek compared to chronos, they called it kairos; chronos is the time you can measure. We know how long an hour is, but in music, you can create a time which might be shorter, it might be longer– it’s totally a personal, subjective experience of time. From Turkey to Iran and Afghanistan, and then to India– really wherever I went, I made connection to Indians. I made connections to the musicians, and musicians usually are very open to share things, to jump beyond the personal level, and to meet on the musical level. My time in India has been quite extensive– my time with Indian music, I’m sure it influenced the totality of the music, but I never really made Indian music… And Bali: I love the Balinese music. I spent some time there; I bought Balinese instruments and made really good friends with Balinese musicians. So I think all these experiences have influenced my music in a certain way, of which I cannot really pinpoint; I cannot really express what part did what. But it is the same way in which every day of our life influences our behavior, our outlook on life, and our expression.

2 Responses

  1. Dueter, I love the versatility and wide spectrum of your music. it is enchanting! Listensng to your music I detect Japanese and Native American notes through your flute. I hear the Japanese Shakuhachi long flute, which I adore. The music becomes a spiritual imaginative journey.

  2. Annabelle Younger

    I love Chaitanya Deuter’s music! I’ve been listening to him since the early 80’s when I lived in San Francisco. It may have been Hearts of Space where I first heard him. I have many of his tapes & later CD’s. I’ve been on the yoga path since my early 20’s back in the late 60’s. I lived in India in the late 70’s and have a great love and appreciation of Her ancient culture. I’m an ongoing student of the Vedas. Took initiation in 1973 from A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who follows in the footsteps of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the great Bengali saint from the 1500’s.

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