He was born in Mexico City. Carlos Payán began playing double bass in a community orchestra in his hometown under the direction of Oscar Argumendo. He continued his studies at the School of Music and then joined the Youth Orchestra of Mexico, where he met Professor Valeria Thierry. Then, he joined the University of Music of Geneva, with Professor Mirela Vedeva. He graduated with honors and completed a Master’s degree in interpretation and another in instrumental pedagogy at the same institution with Professor Alberto Bocini.
He has participated in various orchestral and instrumental development festivals in America and Europe, where he has met professors Klaus Stoll, Franco Petracchi, Francesco Siragusa and Eric Larson, among others. He has played as a soloist with the Mexican Youth Orchestra and in many orchestral formations in Switzerland such as the academy of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Sinfonietta de Lausanne.
Today, Carlos is interested in interdisciplinary artistic creation, musical composition and research on the essence of art. In favor of a personal artistic expressiveness faithful to astonishment, the surprise and mystery of the phenomena that surround us, he constantly links his activity as a musician with other fields of knowledge such as philosophy, anthropology, mythology, psychology, body and mind. Indeed, he considers that the artistic experience is a container where we can embody all this knowledge and integrate it as a whole instead of seeing it as separatel fields. In the same way, he is looking for new pedagogical forms in the musical / instrumental field, allowing a development of authentic expression between the inner needs of each person and the outside world, that is to say, the emancipation of self-knowledge through art.