Bringing a totally fresh take on contemporary jazz, House of Waters is comprised of a six-string bass and a hammered dulcimer – with drums to boot. I’m not even sure it’s contemporary jazz as some of their earlier work takes on elements of post-rock too but they are a truly unique setup and for that, they deserve your time. Add in influences from India, Africa and Japan and you have a truly unique sound. What’s more, is that each member of House of Waters is able to totally jam out on their instrument like utter pros without completely drowning out the other members. The way they weave around each other is simply supreme and each instrument shines in its own way. It also helps that the hammered dulcimer is one of my favourite instruments…
For their latest album ‘On Becoming’, Max ZT (hammered dulcimer) and Moto Fukushima (bass) are joined by Antonio Sanchez on drums. They recorded six compositions and three improvisations for the album within the space of a few days. You can hear the respect and playful nature of the recording across the album (review coming soon) and it’s a joy to listen to. ‘Tsumamiori’ means rabbit ear fold and is one of the improvisational pieces on the album. It’s been translated into a fantastic live-style music video where you can bask in their talent and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy the single ‘Tsumamiori’ below, it and the album ‘On Becoming’ are out now. For more information on House of Waters, visit their website.
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