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House Of Waters

House Of Waters

Jazz Worldmusic
2019-03-02

Quasimodo

House Of Waters

House Of Waters

Jazz Worldmusic
2019-03-02
Doors
Show
20:00 h
22:00 h

“In today’s world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound.

Five years after their groundbreaking Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. Featuring Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and newly added percussionist Argentinian-born Ignacio Rivas-Bixio rounds out the touring trio. The album also features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky and the singer Priya Darshini.

“Our music is a constant melting pot, which is so relevant to now,” says Max. “It’s like that last D’Angelo record or Kendrick’s Butterfly you know, that wasn’t just rap, or hip-hop, or jazz, or soul, but it had all of that. It’s an amorphous thing. It’s how the future is going to be.” Moto agrees: “We always just say what we do is ‘good music.’  If I need to say something to someone who’s never heard of us, I just say, ‘Please come to our show!”

House of Waters’ music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds. One of those sounds is that of Max’s instrument, the hammered dulcimer, a percussion/stringed instrument that takes years of study and spans dozens of cultures around the globe. Most often associated with traditional American and Irish folk music, Max has taken the instrument in entirely new directions.  “I’ve been playing it since I was 7,” says Max. “And my folks reminded me I first fell in love with it when I was 2: I saw it performed at an exhibit opening, walked up to it, sat underneath and just listened to it for hours.”

Moto had a similar experience with the 6-stringed bass and it has defined his life ever since. His study of Western Classical music, Japanese traditional music and the African inspired musical sensibilities of South America, coupled with his undeniable virtuosity, adds a breath-taking element to the group’s total sound.  Max studied with traditional musicians in Senegal and continues to learn from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and like his rhythm section counterpart Moto Fukushima, Ignacio Rivas-Bixio is a Berklee College of Music graduate, and a much sought after percussionist on the genre bending world music and ‘new’ rock scene.

The album House of Waters marks the band’s first record for GroundUP, the artist-friendly label started by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. “There was a lot of mutual respect and interest there,” says Max. “I think we bring something unique to their roster.” He laughs. “Not a lot of dulcimer trios out there.”

Their GroundUP debut is a broad, cinematic piece, ranging from the slow burn of “La Semana,” to the grand “Patience” and—a first for the band—a beautiful vocal assist by Priya Darshini on album standout “Hamza”

Moto picks “Francesco” as his favorite. “That song was my first time writing parts for classical music styles and instruments in the band,” he says. “And the song goes full arena rock at the end: I’m happy how we could connect delicate/complicated and hard/simple aspects with both organic and modern sound. Also, Max’s solo in the middle is killer.”

The album’s first available track, “17,” encapsulates the record’s complex nature. “It’s a time signature: 17/8,” says Max. “It’s definitely odd, but we played at this traditional folk festival and people lost their minds! It’s a pretty rockin’ loud, aggressive song in an odd meter that hasn’t really been heard in the West. It’s fun, fast energy, and it plays into our virtuosity.”

But to truly experience House of Waters, see them live. “It’s the benefit of this band’s versatility—we fit in so many different fields,” says Max. To that end, you might experience the band at any number of huge jazz or folk fests. Possibly at an Indian classical show. And maybe opening for the likes of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Cliff or the performing arts ensemble KODO.

With musical and cultural influences that stretch from India and Senegal through Ireland and the heart of New York City, you have, as one critic noted, “The most original band on the planet.”

General Elektriks

General Elektriks

Funk Pop
2019-04-04

Gretchen Club

General Elektriks

General Elektriks

Funk Pop
2019-04-04
Doors
Show
:00 h
:00 h

General Elektriks is the brainchild of Hervé Salters, a French vintage keyboard player. Salters was playing keys for his bands and for various artists in Paris (Femi Kuit, -M-, DJ Mehdi etc.) before he moved to San Francisco in 1999. There he started working on funk collages, using his favorite keyboards, a computer and a mic. He hooked up with the Hip Hop scene (Quannum Crew, Blackalicious) and started sessioning for them. Finally the 1st General Elektriks album, Cliquety Kliqk was born in 2003. Hailed by URB as "Ennio Morricone for the 21st century," the album was a far out mix of vintage funk, hip hop beats, noir riffs and pop melodies.

The second album Good City For Dreamers was released in 2009. On this album Salters developed a more organic sound than on its predecessor, blending sampled/programmed drums, live keyboards, horns and strings in a more seamless fashion and putting them at the service of songs driven by his own vocal melodies.  Good City’s funky brand of modern psychedelia was spearheaded by the hit single ‘Raid The Radio’ and led to an 18 months tour.  Two more albums followed: Parker Street (2011) and, after he had moved to Berlin, To Be A Stranger (2016).

General Elektriks have gained a strong reputation as a live band. Both the hypnotic music and the rousing stage show transmit a very high energy to the audience. Successful in France with more than 100 concerts and a sold out Olympia in Paris on their last tour, their next step will be Germany. New album "Carry No Ghosts", already out!

Videos
Location

Gretchen Club

Obentrautstraße 19-21, 10963 Berlin

Habib Koité & BAMADA

Habib Koité & BAMADA

African Pop Singer-Songwriter Vocal
2019-04-06

Yaam

Habib Koité & BAMADA

Habib Koité & BAMADA

African Pop Singer-Songwriter Vocal
2019-04-06
Doors
Show
19:00 h
20:30 h
Videos
Location

Yaam

An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin

Tiken Jah Fakoly

Tiken Jah Fakoly

African Pop
2019-05-17

Festsaal Kreuzberg

Tiken Jah Fakoly

Tiken Jah Fakoly

African Pop
2019-05-17
Doors
Show
19:00 h
20:30 h


After 8 years, Tiken Jah Fakoly returns to Berlin with an 11-member band and then with a new album as a big record release show

Tiken Jah Fakoly has established himself as one of the leading artists in Africa's reggae scene. He combines the contagious reggae beat with serious and powerful lyrics. He is the mouthpiece of a whole generation of young African music fans, in line with Pete Tosh and Bob Marley; He deliberately addresses political and social issues and issues in his songs to "give a voice to those who have none."

A-Wa

A-Wa

Mediterranean Middle East Pop Israel
2019-05-25

Gretchen Club

A-Wa

A-Wa

Mediterranean Middle East Pop Israel
2019-05-25
Doors
Show
:00 h
:00 h

A-Wa ("Ay-wa") are one of the most exciting new bands in global pop music. With unique magical voices and lots of natural groove, the 3 singers (Fair, Liron und Tegel Haim) combine timeless Yemenite folk songs with modern hip-hop beats and electronic elements. Their selfconfident attitude represents a strong and modern image of women in the usually conservative Middle East and convinced fans around the globe.

“Habib Galbi” became a viral hit with over 10 million views up to date. Their debut album of the same name, produced by Tomer Yosef (Balkan Beat Box), was released in 2016 and reached Gold status in Israel. A new album is planned for early 2019.

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Location

Gretchen Club

Obentrautstraße 19-21, 10963 Berlin

Inna de Yard

2019-06-12

Festsaal Kreuzberg