Leni Stern African Trio CD Release / House of Waters
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Leni Stern African Trio
At Subculture, German-born Berklee-educated guitarist and n’goni player Leni Stern’s African Trio is completed by world-renowned electric bassist Mamadou Ba, a pillar of the NY African music scene and long-time musical director for Harry Belafonte, and Alioune Faye, who lives in the Bronx but comes from a large Senegalese family of musicians.
Over the course of her career, Leni Stern has established her guitar and vocal abilities in jazz, rock, and folk while more recently drawing upon studies and collaborations from her international travels to such places as Kenya, India, Mali, Madagascar and Senegal. Having been awarded the Gibson Guitar’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year for five consecutive years, Ms. Stern has also been acknowledged for her songwriting talents by the International Songwriting Competition with an Honorable Mention in the world music category in 2009 and 2012.
“Leni Stern’s geographic journey yields spiritual fruit.” -- The Los Angeles Times
“Stern doesn't collaborate with the West Africans so much as commune with them, she never sounds out of her element, even when her pop and jazz sensibilities are most apparent.” -- The Washington Post
“The integration between Stern's music and the Mali musicians' mastery is nearly seamless.” -- Downbeat Magazine
Leni Stern - Guitar, N'goni, Vocals
Mamadou Ba – Bass
Alioune Faye - Percussion, Vocals
House of Waters
House of Waters is a Brooklyn based band with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America, and Jazz, the band is, as TimeOut NY states "a sight to behold."
House of Waters is hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT; master percussionist Luke Notary; and brilliant bassist Moto Fukushima. These three innovative musicians are redefining their instruments as they excite their audiences.
Max, a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion studied with the Cissoko griot family in Senegal and recently returned from a year in India studying with the world-renowned santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.
Luke studied with djembe legend Cheik Oumar Diabate and has just returned from a year touring the world with Cirque du Soleil.
Moto's finesse, subtlety and power attracted the attention of Joe Lovano and other jazz greats, who he has accompanied to critical acclaim.
House of Waters has shared the stage with Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, KODO, and more. Their concerts are beautiful and electrifying moments of mastery and magic.