Walter recently travelled to Mali, West Africa where he continued his exploration of kora music on the guitar – learning from kora maestro Toumani Diabate, and collaborating with musicians in the capital Bamako as well as in villages and towns around the country. Learn more about his trip and view photos.Read More
Walter recently composed some music for the 2016 Ken Burns / Artemis Joukowsky film “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War”. A powerful documentary about a New England couple who smuggled hundreds of refugees out of WWll Europe. Tom Hanks is the voice of Waitstill Sharp and Marina Goldman is Martha Sharp.Read More
Walter’s newest collaboration – with the innovative kora player, Sidiki Diabate, son of the great Toumani Diabate. Walter and Sidiki debuted their unique new sound to spellbound audiences at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in January ’14. Keep a keen eye out for their upcoming record.Read More
At the core of Walter’s collaborations is the inspiration of music as a universal language. An attuned dialogue between diverse musicians is fertile ground – for exciting sounds that can transcend genres or backgrounds. New languages emerge as players listen and find their shared creativity. Walter has collaborated with artists ranging from Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate to acoustic guitar great Alex de Grassi
I recently 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.