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 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
Music is native language. Universally, across the planet.
In music, a powerful or poignant dialogue can unfold between people without ever speaking a word. Now that’s some fertile ground for collaboration. – for creating new musical languages that transcend backgrounds or genres. Walter has collaborated with artists ranging from a duo with Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate to Scottish fiddler Jonny Hardie and Grammy nominated American guitarist Alex de Grassi.
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 further my playing of kora music on the guitar with him in Bamako 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 ** Fula Brothers: the trio with Mamadou Sidibe and Kendrick Freeman ** the duo with kora player Sidiki Diabate from Mali ** the Mamajowali trio featuring Walter, Joe Craven, and Mamadou Sidibe ** and duets with Mamadou Sidibe, bassist Sam Bevan, and guitarist Stevie Coyle.