Delving into jazz pushed Walter to write his own music.
“I think it’s really important as a developing musician to write your own music and come up with something new and fresh that’s yours,” Walter said. “[Composing] helps me play better, it helps me improvise better.”
Born to a Cuban father and Honduran mother, Walter has been heavily influenced by Latin music.
“I’m always trying to figure out the next place we can go with blending Cuban music, Brazilian music, and the music of South America with American Jazz,” Walter said. “Being true to both places and being true to both traditions is not an easy thing to do.”
“But if you can do it well, it sounds absolutely beautiful.”