At the core of Walter’s collaborations is the inspiration that music is a universal language – an attuned dialogue between musicians of diverse backgrounds can yield exciting new sounds while retaining the essence of each musician. Walter has collaborated with artists ranging from Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate to acoustic guitar great Alex de Grassi
In February and March, I traveled to Mali to delve deeper into West African music, right in the heart of it. Grammy-winning kora player Toumani Diabate (famous in the west for his collaborations with Ali Farke Toure, Taj Mahal, Bjork) invited me to study with him in Bamako, the capital, and to connect with Malian musicians there.
Videos of Walter performing solo and in collaborations. Current selections include solo guitar pieces and guitar-vocal songs ** the Mamajowali trio featuring Walter, Joe Craven and Mamadou Sidibe ** the duo with kora player Sidiki Diabate from Mali ** and duets with Mamadou Sidibe, bassist Sam Bevan, and guitarist Stevie Coyle.