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Genre-bending jazz and prog rock fusion trio House of Waters performs at Next Stage Arts on Sunday, January 9th at 6:00 p.m.

Fresh off a globetrotting touring schedule in 2018-2019 including 4 tours of Europe, their first tour in India, and numerous shows and festivals in the USA, House Of Waters saw their 2020 touring schedule derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Gratefully, in 2021 House of Waters are back on the road again and eager to please their loyal fans.

House of Waters’ latest album, Rising, was released in partnership with GroundUP Music in February 2019. Produced by Guy Eckstine, the album features Max ZT (Hammered Dulcimer), Moto Fukushima (Electric Bass), and Ignacio Rivas-Bixio, (Drums/Percussion). Their eponymous 2016 album, House of Waters, was also released on Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP Music label, and debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts. All About Jazz calls it “a rare and beautiful gem,” while TimeOutNY calls their performances “a sight to behold.”

Lauded as “The Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques both to Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to India, where he received a grant to study under the santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

Moto Fukushima has been playing music for as long as he can remember. Accompanying such greats as Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, and Dave Weckl, he has redefined the role of the bass. With a strong background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the African inspired musics of South America, Moto’s playing is an amazing combination of finesse, subtlety, and power.

House of Waters’ special guest drummer for this show is jazz, Afro-Latin, and klezmer percussionist Richie Barshay. Based in New York City, he is known to perform with The Klezmatics, Herbie Hancock, Lee Konitz, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea, and many others.

House of Waters has scored an Emmy winning documentary for ESPN, and has shared the stage with some of the most influential musical leaders of the century, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, Snarky Puppy, Karsh Kale, and more.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required for entry to indoor shows. Masks required while inside the venue.

This performance is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Oak Meadow.