“Exploring Worlds” is the work of Neil Nayyar.
In less than 10 minutes, the 17-year-old Elk Grove musician played 107 instruments from around the world in a song that incorporated several different musical genres. He wrote the music for each instrument and recorded each song before painstakingly mixing it in his recording studio in Sacramento to create a coherent song.
“It took us a month to plan and sing and see if it worked,” Nayyar told Citizen.
The song is set to be the grand finale to his debut album, Breaking Barriers, and the busy musician hopes to release the six-song record this spring. He gained media attention at an early age when he learned how to play dozens of musical instruments. His final count is he is 117 instruments. He practices music while working his homeschool schedule.
At the age of 13, Nayyar showed his talent by playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his saxophone at a Sacramento Kings game. Last year, he performed the anthem on the electric sitar at his Cats game in Sacramento River, performed at the Old Town Elk Grove Dickens at his fair, and appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show’.
Nayyar is currently completing an album and is also focused on promoting the children’s book Passion for Exploring 107 Sound Machines.
Regarding the “barrier” in the album’s title, Nayer said: But it breaks down barriers when playing their music from their genre. ”
On his albums, Nayyar draws inspiration from the late singer and multi-instrumentalist Prince, who usually played most instruments on his albums, starting with his debut album, For You, released when he was 18. I got Stevie Wonder was also influenced. An artist, he cited Indian guitarist R. Prasanna as a mentor.
“Breaking Barriers” also includes two collaborations with Elk Grove singer Raquela Burt, who has been Nayyar’s vocal coach for several years.
The artist described the experience of listening to his album as similar to a world music tour.
“They will feel about the world,” he said. “They’re sitting at home listening to the album and they feel like they’re listening to all the countries at home. That’s my main goal.”
Nayyar said he plans to release the album on multiple online platforms, and is considering CD and vinyl versions as well. As of press time, no release date has been announced.
For more information on Neil Nayyar’s album Breaking Barriers and his book Passion to Exploration of 107 Sound Machines, visit his website www.NeilNayyar.com.