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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.


Chicken Or Pasta

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Chicken Or Pasta; M.A.S.; October; The Seventies; Spaghetti Western; Extraordinary Ordinary; As Long as I Have You; Ethereal.


On Becoming

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


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 ...


Song of the Day

Spaghetti Western

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Duration: 5:24


Where I Wander

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2022



Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2019


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. ...


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 ...


House of Waters

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2016


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