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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 to both 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

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On Becoming

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: Folding Cranes; Avaloch; 705; Hang in the Air; Tsumamion; Azures; Still; The Wall; Kabuseori.

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Article: 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 ...

Results for pages tagged "House Of Waters"...

Musician

Max ZT

“I think we’re in the midst of a mass awakening,” says Max ZT, “a kind of collective reprioritization. It feels like we’ve been forging our way through the darkness, and now the light is finally about to break through.” 

With Daybreak, Max’s mesmerizing new album of hammered dulcimer music, the light has arrived. Recorded at home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fully-improvised instrumental collection channels all of the hope and fear and pain and discovery of these past few years into a captivating sonic journey that’s equal parts medicine and meditation. The songs here are spare and deliberate, calling on Indian, African, and Celtic traditions as they move with grace and wonder, and the performances are nothing short of entrancing, managing to showcase both Max’s virtuosic command of his instrument and the innovative approach that’s earned him widespread acclaim. A national champion performer, Max has been praised as the Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer by NPR, but Daybreak isn’t about fireworks or flash. Instead, the album is an offering, an ego-sublimating invitation to step outside of yourself and find peace and comfort in reflection. 

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Raoul Bjorkenheim, Billy Hart, Robert Glasper and More

Read "Raoul Bjorkenheim, Billy Hart, Robert Glasper and More" reviewed by Len Davis


In the second part of this week's show we continue our perusal of new Progressive-Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz and R&B releases, including gems from Raoul Bjorkenheim's Italian project, Bill Hart Robert Glasper and more. Enjoy the show! Playlist Raoul Bjorkenheim “Saturn" from Saturn (Long Song) 00:00 Robert Glasper “Resting Warrior" from Collagically Speaking ...

Album

Rising

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Renew; Kites; When I Play; Wedding Song; The Wall; Together; Midnight; Shape Of My Heart.

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Article: SoCal Jazz

House of Waters: The Fresh Fountain of Fusion

Read "House of Waters: The Fresh Fountain of Fusion" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Fascinating is the first word that comes to mind, followed by insightful, sophisticated, adventurous, engrossing, and perhaps even astounding. Am I making reference to House of Water's most recent record, Rising (GroundUP, 2019) or am referring to a conversation with the three accomplished and notably bright musicians who comprise House of Waters? The answer is yes. ...

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Article: Album Review

House of Waters: Rising

Read "Rising" reviewed by Jim Worsley


A musical instrument with a sounding board or box, typically trapezoidal in shape, over which strings of graduated length are stretched and played by being struck with handheld hammers. Step to the head of the class if you immediately knew this was describing a dulcimer. It's not an instrument generally associated with jazz. Come to think ...

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Article: Live Review

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

Album

House of Waters

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2016


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