House of Waters in collaboration with B.C. Manjunath
House of Waters is a trio that breaks boundaries as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly versatile sounds. The band’s music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves up to entirely new notes.
The album House of Waters marks the band’s first record for Ground UP, the artiste-friendly label started by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. With musical and cultural influences that stretch from India and Senegal through Ireland and the heart of New York City, you have, as one critic noted, “The most original band on the planet”. House of Waters has shared the stage with Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, KODO, Blitz the Ambassador, Dave Eggar and more. Their concerts are beautiful and electrifying moments of mastery and magic.
Max ZT – Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer”, Max ZT is an innovator. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique, and to Mumbai, where he studied under the great santoor master Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.
Max has enlivened traditional folk music by fusing multicultural roots and traditions to create a truly compelling sound. Max is based out of Brooklyn, New York, has six albums to his name, and has won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2005.
Moto Fukushima – Born in Kobe, Japan, NYC-based six-string electric bass player, Moto also plays upright bass, and is a composer, mountain dulcimer and a shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese instrument) player.
He has been playing music for as long as he can remember. He received a scholarship and an outstanding performer award before graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston. With a strong background in jazz improvisation, Western classical and Japanese traditional music and African-inspired musical sensibilities of South America, his playing is an amazing combination of finesse, subtlety, and power.
Luke Notary began to play the drums at a very early age with his father. He later studied with masters such as Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Hamza El Din, and Jamey Haddad. He has been around the world teaching and performing. Most recently, he toured and performed with Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai”.
Luke has composed many original works for New York and Los Angeles-based dance companies, and currently works with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the David Parsons Dance Company. He has conducted drumming workshops for actors, dancers and musicians in Germany, Russia, Belgium, France, Los Angeles, and New York. His unique approach to sound, texture, and groove has made him one of New York City’s finest percussionists.