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Moto Fukushima

Born in Kobe, Japan, and currently based in NYC. Six-string bass player, composer, and shamisen player.

He received the Outstanding Performer Award before graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. His musical style is a unique combination of Western classical music, Japanese traditional music, and African-inspired music of South America, which is evident in his jazz improvisation. His playing is characterized by a remarkable blend of finesse, subtlety, and power.

He is a co-leader of the Brooklyn-based power trio, House of Waters. The band has released two albums on the Grammy Award-winning group Snarky Puppy's GroundUp label, with the first album reaching #2 on the iTunes World Music chart, and the second album hitting #4 on the iTunes Jazz chart.

His music has been featured in the Sports Emmy Award-winning piece on ESPN's "E60," and he won 3rd place in the International Songwriting Competition in 2014. He has also been the recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award.

His incredible talent has led him to collaborate with many notable artists, including Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Karsh Kale, Dave Weckl, Dave Eggar, Big Apple Circus, Alex Skolnick, and Gil Goldstein. He has also performed on Dave Eggar's Grammy-nominated album, "The Kingston Morning."


Endorsement includes Adamovic Bass, Aguilar Amplification, Adamovic Strings, LK Straps, Focusrite, and Avid Sibelius.


Album Review

House of Waters: On Becoming

Read "On Becoming" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Flowing in many directions yet forever staying in the moment is largely the challenge and artistic purpose of House of Waters. Here they once again bring forth new and creative concepts that are freely exchanged and intertwined. New beginnings, drawn from multiple sources, as well as further exploration of the past, create the wonder, awe, and awareness of On Becoming. The dulcimer was not part of mainstream culture until Max ZT put it on the map. Joining with six string ...

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Primary Instrument

Bass, electric

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Chicken Or Pasta

Self Produced


On Becoming

GroundUP Music


Where I Wander

GroundUP Music



GroundUP Music


House of Waters

GroundUP Music


Spaghetti Western

From: Chicken Or Pasta
By Moto Fukushima


From: Revolution
By Moto Fukushima


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