House of Waters
Created in 2008, House of Waters is an American international fusion band comprised of hammered dulcimer player Max ZT, who NPR called the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammered Dulcimer” Moto Fukushima, a recognized master of the six-string bass. Incorporating elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound, the two prolific composers have developed a carefully crafted combined voice and a compelling and captivating style. Their eponymous 2016 album, House of Waters (GroundUP Music), debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts with All About Jazz calling it, “A rare and beautiful gem.” The recipient of the South Arts Jazz Road Touring Grant, House of Waters has shared the stage with influential musicians including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Snarky Puppy, Karsh Kale, and more and they have worked with a variety of different drummers and percussionists, notably Antonio Sanchez (featured on their latest release, On Becoming, out this Fall), Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy), Richie Barshay (Esperanza Spalding) and Juan Chiavassa (Mike Stern). On tour this fall to promote On Becoming, “House of Waters is a band that is bending the very fabric of the musical universe as we know it” (Onstage Review). An innovator of an instrument rarely heard in contemporary music, Max ZT’s roots are in Irish folk music, but he has studied in Senegal, where he trained with the Cissoko Griot family, and in India, where he studied under the santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques. With a background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the music of South America, Fukushima’s playing is a combination of finesse, subtlety, and power that leaves audiences “slack-jawed in awe” (Jazz Wise).