A Goldenvoice x Bam!Bam!Bam! x Madnice Presentation in association with ICM…
Thanks to his vibrant musical connection with Kendrick Lamar as well as his own three-hour opus The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington has become THE ambassador for jazz in the 21st century and ultimately reaching far beyond the confines of the genre. On June 30th 2017, he will make his long-awaited debut in the city of Liverpool.
At the age of 13, Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On,” his favorite song at the time.
Kamasi never looked back and over the years has performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan.
His groundbreaking, 172-minute, triple-disc, solo album 'The Epic' on Brainfeeder, reached the top of all jazz charts and still managed to transcend the genre with live shows confirmed across the US and Europe at festivals such as Dimensions and Sun Fall.
In the past month, Kamasi released his first new music since the release of his 2015 masterpiece. Having inked a global deal with Young Turks, Washington has unveiled 'Truth', a thirteen minute track accompanied by a film from director A.G. Rojas. The sense is that the bar has been raised yet again and 'Truth' will feature on Washington's forthcoming EP, 'Harmony of Difference', which will be release this summer.
With only a handful of standalone shows lined up in the UK this Summer, this is truly a moment to look forward to. A 21st Century musical force landing in Liverpool is something to be treasured. It is set to be an epic occasion.
“This is wonderful stuff.” - Drowned in Sound
“In the past ten years there have been good jazz albums but Washington has produced something that not only eclipses these, he obliterates them on style and deftness of playing.” - The Ransom Note
★★★★★ - All About Jazz
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