House of Waters

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Last Show: Wednesday 20 th February 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Following huge success supporting Snarky Puppy’s UK tour, House of Waters bring their innovative sound, featuring hammered dulcimer, six string bass and percussion, to the UK once again. They describe their music as ‘a constant melting pot’  that incorporates elements of jazz, prog rock, psychedelic, djent, indie rock, classical and world music.

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"A rare and beautiful gem."

All About Jazz

"One of New York’s most interesting and unique bands." (New York Music Daily)

House of Waters’ music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds. One of those sounds is that of Max’s instrument, the hammered dulcimer, a percussion/stringed instrument that takes years of study and spans dozens of cultures around the globe. Most often associated with traditional American and Irish folk music, Max has taken the instrument in entirely new directions. “I’ve been playing it since I was 7,” says Max. “And my folks reminded me I first fell in love with it when I was 2: I saw it performed at an exhibit opening, walked up to it, sat underneath and just listened to it for hours.”

Moto had a similar experience with the 6-stringed bass and it has defined his life ever since. His study of Western Classical music, Japanese traditional music and the African inspired musical sensibilities of South America, coupled with his undeniable virtuosity, adds a breath-taking element to the group’s total sound. Max studied with traditional musicians in Senegal and continues to learn from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, India’s master of the santoor (an ancestor of the hammered dulcimer.) “That experience,” says Max, “opened me up to a whole separate world of traditions and philosophical thought.” Joining forces has given each artist an opportunity to stretch their chosen instruments, to take risks to expand both the music and themselves. In the process, audiences cannot help but be thrilled by the enormity of their sound.

Band Lineup

Max ZT (hammered dulcimer)

Moto Fukushima (six strings bass)

Ignacio Rivas-Bixio (drums)