House of Waters Celebrates First GRAMMY Nomination for On Becoming (Ground Up) 

On Becoming has been nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 66th GRAMMY® Awards

Listen to “On Becoming” here

“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” – All About Jazz

“… a stunning album all around — an exquisite listening journey that takes you to places you’ve not previously imagined.” – Funk City

New York, NY – House of Waters, the endlessly creative, genre-busting duo featuring hammered dulcimer wiz Max ZT and virtuosic bassist Moto Fukushima has earned their first career GRAMMY® nomination for their latest album On Becoming, released this September with Ground UP. Produced by 4x GRAMMY® winner Guy Eckstine, who is now celebrating his fifth career nomination, On Becoming features multi-GRAMMY Award® winning drummer Antonio Sanchez throughout the album, and special guests including 6x GRAMMY® nominee Mike Stern and GRAMMY® nominated vocalist Priya Darshini. The 66th GRAMMY® Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 4, 2024.

“We are so thrilled to be nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at this year’s GRAMMY® awards and to be nominated alongside such prestigious company is an immense honor,” shared Max ZT and Moto Fukushima in a joint statement. “Making this record was a dream; smooth, energetic, inspirational, and most importantly, it consistently piqued our curiosity. We searched for a unique and specific sound, and we are grateful that this music has resonated with so many people. Thank you to all our listeners and our entire team for their support.”

House of Waters is the confluence of multiple streams. With immersive studies in India, Senegal, Japan, the Americas, and beyond, House of Waters has synthesized a new and unique sound. For nearly seventeen years, Max ZT and Moto Fukushima have carefully crafted a combined voice. Their rare instrumentation allows for the two prolific composers to create a distinct sound, and a compelling and captivating style, showcased beautifully on On Becoming. Made up of six original compositions and three fully improvised pieces, On Becoming emphasizes the exploration of a sound, of a composition, and of a moment.

Referred to as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, Max ZT is an innovator of an instrument rarely heard in contemporary music. With roots in Irish folk music, Max has studied in Senegal, where he trained with the Cissoko Griot family, and India, where he studied under the santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques. Moto Fukushima is a recognized master of the six-string bass. With a background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the music of South America, Moto’s playing is a combination of finesse, subtlety, and power that leaves audiences “slack-jawed in awe,” says Jazzwise. 

Esteemed producer Guy Eckstine has managed the innovative musical duo for nearly 10 years and stepped into the role of producer for On Becoming – his second time doing so with the group. The son of legendary music icon Billy Eckstine (who was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy in 2019), Guy Eckstine  had produced GRAMMY® winning albums for Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Steve Vai. “From the onset I knew that House Of Waters had something unique and special. After managing their career for about a decade, and also producing their last two albums including, Rising (2019), and this one, it’s absolutely fantastic for all of us to receive this recognition from our peers in the Recording Academy.”

House of Waters is proud to be nominated in this category alongside Ben Wendel, Julian Lage, Bob James and Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer (featuring Rakesh Chaurasia).

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