Next Wednesday, November 22nd, modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington‘s will continue his ongoing national tour at New York’s Terminal 5, featuring a special guest appearance by slide guitar master Robert Randolph. Today, Kamasi’s camp has announced that fan favorite hybrid hip-hop/electronic duo Break Science has been added to open the evening’s festivities, rounding out an exciting and eclectic night of music that is surely not to be missed.
In a recent conversation with Live For Live Music,Washington spoke about the unique energy of New York performances “It’s definitely a very inspiring place, energetic…what’s the word…intense. There’s an intensity to New York which I don’t think exists anywhere else.”
Following his universally acclaimed debut album, The Epic, Kamasi Washington has been touring behind his latest release, a concept piece called Harmony of Difference. The new release was originally conceived and debuted as a multimedia art installation at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, with a film by A.G. Rojas (with WeTransfer Studios) and paintings by Kamasi’s sister, Amani Washington. The film featured five paintings focused on raw shapes and colors as the backdrop to five distinct compositions, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. Amani then combined these paintings to create a sixth: an abstract depiction of a human face–the creation of harmony and cohesiveness out of difference–for the project’s layered final movement, “Truth”. As Kamasi states, “My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.”
While Harmony of Difference is no doubt incredible on record, Kamasi knows there is something about live performance that simply can’t be captured fully in the studio. “When you listen to a live performance,” he muses, “in a way, you’re a contributor. When you listen to a recording, you’re an observer…When you listen to a recording, you’re observing a moment in time. When you listen to a live show, you’re in a moment in time.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to join in on this fleeting musical moment in time with Kamasi Washington on Wednesday, Novemeber 22nd at Terminal 5 featuring an appearance from Robert Randolph and newly added special guests Break Science. For tickets head HERE.
**You can read our full feature interview with Kamasi Washington here, where we discuss the trials and tribulations of attaining Truth, the conceptual roadmap laid out by his latest project Harmony of Difference, and comparing playing with jam bands like The String Cheese Incident and rappers like Kendrick Lamar.**
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